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Link: Teaching Reading: K-2

Charmon Evans's First-Grade Class

First Impressions


Connecting Skills to Text

Video Summary

The Teacher and the Class

Analyzing the Video
  Before Viewing
  First Impressions
  Looking Closer
  Summing Up

Making Connections

Selected Resources


Watch the Video

On your first viewing, use the Observational Checklist (PDF) to note how Charmon Evans implements the Essential Components of Literacy Development, particularly word study. Note her attention to building whole-word identification skills and phonics knowledge.


Review What You Saw

As you reflect on these questions, write down your responses or discuss them as a group.

After watching the video, review the Observational Checklist and reflect on what you saw. How do the practices you just watched compare to your own? Think about your classroom and the needs of your students. How are they different from or similar to what you saw in the video?


Relate the Key Questions to Charmon Evans's Classroom

How are reading and writing connected in this classroom?

Why does Ms. Evans choose more advanced literature than the students read on their own during her read-aloud with the entire class? What do you think about the range of responses to the writing assignment about predicting the events of the book? What is gained by connecting reading and writing in a first-grade classroom in this way?

How does the classroom environment encourage students to gain independence as readers and writers?

Elements of Classroom Environment


Physical Space


Materials and Tools


Techniques and Management


Tone and Atmosphere

Ms. Evans says that she wants all of her students to feel a sense of independence and to take responsibility for their own learning. How does Ms. Evans use the tub activities to build on previous learning and encourage students' choice and independence as readers and writers?

Next > Looking Closer

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