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Link: Teaching Reading: K-2

John Sinnett's Kindergarten Class

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Writer's Journal

Video Summary

The Teacher and the Class

Analyzing the Video

Making Connections

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In John Sinnett's afternoon kindergarten class, literacy routines are front and center. From the "Good Afternoon" song that sets the day's tone, to a read-aloud about Thanksgiving and a shared reading of the afternoon message, the students continually focus on print and "what good readers do." The students are exposed to "what good writers do" as Mr. Sinnett guides them through independent writing in their personal journals. Students practice reading and writing at their own levels at the classroom's work stations, or centers. Mr. Sinnett's routines and classroom management techniques, seen throughout the video, provide a consistent structure for student learning.

Mr. Sinnett's literacy lessons demonstrate the following:

Literacy Teaching Practices




Shared Reading


Interactive Writing


Guided Writing

  • Authentic experiences that help students develop a love of reading and writing
  • Links between reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Connections across content areas and with students' lives and experiences
  • Students' awareness of print in multiple contexts
  • Strategies students can use as readers, writers, and learners

"I ask my students what a good classroom should have in it. They have ownership over that. We sign it like a contract. We talk about this at the beginning of every day. I feel that's part of my community building."
John Sinnett

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