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Hello, I'm Ciera!​

I’m a former elementary school teacher turned teacherpreneur.  I have spent the last decade perfecting my reading instruction to help other teachers do the same!  If you’re an elementary teacher who knows they want MORE out of their reading instruction, you’ve found the right gal to help!  

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Teaching Characterization Tips and Tricks

Characterization occurs when an author uses details to teach about a character. But what does this have to do with comprehension? Plenty! When students can understand how a character acts and why they can begin to identify with that character and comprehend the text more fully.  Characterization can be taught in so many ways. Let’s take a look at my best tips and tricks for teaching characterization!  Ways to Analyze a Character Characters can be analyzed in so many different and fun ways. For example, characters can be defined by their relationships with other characters. An engaging activity is for students to draw family trees or character webs to show how different characters are related.  Another way to analyze characters is by defining their traits.

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Using Mandated Curriculum with my Building Comprehension Units

One of the questions I get asked very frequently is, “I have a mandated curriculum that I have to follow in my reading class.  How can I use both that curriculum but also use your Building Comprehension units?”  Teachers love my Building Comprehension units, you can take a closer peek at them HERE, but juggling them and a fully mandated curriculum can be hard to navigate.  Today I’ve highlighted 10 unique ways you can use both!  Let’s check them out! First things first, I highly recommend talking to your administration about your mandated curriculum.  Every curriculum out there has TONS that come with it.  There are loads of pieces to choose from and it’s impossible to use it ALL in an allotted amount of time. 

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