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Opinion Writing: Anchor Your Lessons as Easy as 1-2-3 Cathy Collier

Opinion Writing: Anchor Your Lessons as Easy as 1-2-3

Opinion Writing lessons can feel complicated, but they aren’t. I first wrote about this in 3 New Steps to Confidently Teaching Opinion Writing to Early Learners. This blog post centers around teaching early learners, like kindergarten how to write opinion

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Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun COLLIER 2024

Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun

Compound Words are fun! Are you looking for creative ways to enhance your students’ phonological awareness and word-building skills? Check out compound words! While forming compound words and combining two or more words to create a new one, offer a

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4 Square Writing Sample Resource

Learn about 4 square writing with a Lesson on me!

At its most basic, 4 square is a template for writing. It asks the student to move from topic (center box) to details (top to bottom, left to right). It can be differentiated and easily scaffolded. 

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Hello and Welcome to Cathy Collier’s The W.I.S.E. Owl. I am a Reading Specialist and Literacy Advocate for more than 30 years. BUT I was born to be a teacher. I am blessed with a very supportive husband and two grown boys. I am a teacher, talker, trainer, and passionate presenter. I’d love to talk about Reading and Writing for the Emergent Learner with your class, your school, your division, or your council. Invite me!

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