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Reader's workshop mini-lesson idea. When teaching about "strong verbs" put up as poster. As the students read find words in their books they can add them to the poster. Can also use when teaching about using words other than "said"
Story maps help student pull the story apart and figure out what what it's all about. Some may think that this is unimportant to teach students in higher elementary grades but students still need to "learn to read" not only "read to learn" from kindergarten to middle school and beyond. This learning doesn't just stop once readers have a firm grasp on how to read.