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    In my district, we have to use
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    the basal, but can supplement it however we want. I use the basal as an additional resource, and pick and choose stories that go with units I am doing. I also use a lot of trade books for book clubs.

    Can you be effective using a basal? Yes I think you can, however it would be incredibly boring if you covered each component that they suggest. That is very ineffective teaching. We teachers need to be creative in our approach. Basals have some great stories in them (often real books). One problem with this is that the stories often lose illustrations and sometimes parts of the text itself. When this happens, I have my students take the "real" book and compare it to the textbook version. We discuss the differences, and how, or if, it has affected the story.

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