Have you seen the new resource The Literacy Cookbook? I love how Dr. Tantillo emphasizes rigor and kid-friendly strategies simultaneously. She’s thinking about the learner as she shares research-based and classroom-proven strategies.
Here’s an idea that I loved from her book:
“Make Paraphrasing Fun: Last but not least, it’s important to make paraphrasing enjoyable. One night while I attended a performance of the Monty Python musical Spamalot, I realized (probably because I tend to see everything through comprehension-colored glasses) that it included some hilarious examples of paraphrasing. For instance, in the scene where King Arthur encounters Dennis the Peasant and explains how the Lady of the Lake made him king, Dennis mocks the absurdity of the concept by restating it in several different ways. This scene originally appeared in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and the clip can be seen at YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOOTKA0aGI0.”
Dr. Tantillo also has a supplemental website here.