This year's contest has officially kicked off, and we're hoping we have a huge response this year! Are you a classroom teacher in the Piedmont Area region? If so, are you a classroom teacher in one of our districts or private schools? Do you homeschool your children? Do you have a child who LOVES to write? Has your child enjoyed this opportunity in the past? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, we hope you'll seize this opportunity to honor your students' efforts in the area of writing.  WRITING OPTIONS: As in the past, we have three writing options in all, essay for grades 4 and up, poetry, and narrative writing. There are specific rules included in the packet, so be sure to read through the requirements before students begin. The essay topics are also included in the packet.  In February, all papers will need to be judged at the district level, and the top three for each category are submitted ELECTRONICALLY through our Young Writers Page.  CONTEST TIMELINE...
  The Virginia Readers Choice Program is something that the VSLA offers each year. A committee of members review potential books and selects ten for each level (primary, elementary, middle, and high school). During the year, teachers and librarians are encouraged to share them with students. In April, students who have read or listened to a minimum of four titles are able to vote on their favorite.  BOOK TALK TUESDAY On Tuesday, November 9th at 7:30 PM, the Piedmont Area Chapter will be hosting a members meeting via ZOOM to share teaching tips and book information on the books selected for this year. You can check out the list of books  HERE . VSLA offers bookmarks with the lists which can be shared with your students. You can download those files from our page as well.  USING THE VIRGINIA READERS WITH YOUR CLASS Mentor Texts The Virginia Readers are all high quality texts, and they make fantastic exemplars for modeling specific reading and writing skills. Teachers should always previe...
Hello teachers! We hope you all had a relaxing summer and are coping with the current state of things here at the beginning of the year. It has certainly been a challenging start for all. Remember, no matter how you are teaching this year (virtually or in-person), our board is here to support you in all areas of literacy. We can help you with finding resources and links to great websites if needed. Our website includes lots of options, so be sure to drop by and check there too. Just click the resource links tabs for websites and our Pinterest boards. Our website got a resent overhaul with new branding, so be sure to check it out and jot down our new URL, vslapiedmont.com and email, leadership@vslapiedmont.com . Highlights from the Spring Even though we did not get to celebrate literacy together throughout this past year, we did celebrate our Young Authors in May. The students were recognized with a video production hosted on Youtube and on Facebook. In fact, it's still available ...