About Katie Sluiter

Katie Sluiter is currently an 8th English teacher in West Michigan. She has taught middle school, high school, and community college and has her Masters Degree in Teaching English. Her writing has been featured on BonBon Break, BlogHer, Today Moms, and The Washington Post. She has also been published in numerous anthologies, most recently Mothering Through The Darkness: Women Open Up About the Postpartum Experience. She is a member of and has presented at both NCTE and MCTE. She is a National Writing Project participant and has been published in the Language Arts Journal of Michigan multiple times.

The Struggles of Grading Writing: It’s the Process That Matters

I absolutely hate assigning a letter grade to student writing; it's depressing. Not because my students are bad writers, because they aren't. It's that I hate to see all the mini-lessons, and drafting, revising, editing, conversations, and growing as writers reduced to one letter. A percentage in the grade book. As soon as that grade is [...]

By | 2017-04-23T22:15:21+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Writing|2 Comments

Six Books for Secondary Teachers on Teaching Students to Read

Teaching how to read used to be considered the job of elementary teachers. They would teach the students to read; secondary teachers would teach students literature assuming students know how to read it. However, it has become clear that teaching students how to read doesn't end when students enter junior high school. In fact, since 50% of [...]

How to Create Reader Response Prompts

The response to my posts about using Response Notebooks rather than Reading Logs has been wonderful! The most common question I get is how to create quality reader response prompts for students to respond to after they do their individual reading. I'm pretty confident that my students think the prompts I give them are random; although, maybe [...]

From Literature Circles to Inquiry Circles

Last spring, my 8th grade students were involved in Literature Circles where they read one of six Young Adult Historical Fiction selections. The Literature Circles took about five weeks to complete. Previously, I wrote a series of articles that cover procedures, mini-lessons, and assignments and assessments. One of the major areas I worked on with my [...]

By | 2017-02-06T07:23:59+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy|0 Comments

Five YA Novels to Understand Refugees

Staying informed by watching and discussing current events is one way for students to know what is going on in the world outside their immediate universe. Sometimes those events seem so far away--even when they are happening in our own country. Research has proven repeatedly that reading builds empathy. Whether the latest current events about how [...]