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A Journey for Content Area Literacy Development and PLCs

A Journey for Content Area Literacy Development and PLCs

How to engage teacher teams in whole-school literacy and learning improvement

It's 7:30 Tuesday morning and groups of teachers are sitting in their first meeting of the year for their professional learning communities (PLCs). Thick binders filled with colored tabs and volumes of files of...
Author: Bobb Darnell
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After-Reading Response: "I Am" Poetry for Synthesizing Text

After-Reading Response: "I Am" Poetry for Synthesizing Text

How poetry written from a new perspective deepens knowledge and encourages synthesis of new ideas

Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing—writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase comprehension of texts—fiction...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Tags: Literacy
Laptops: A Tool to Improve Reading Comprehension

Laptops: A Tool to Improve Reading Comprehension

How one South Texas school district is taking middle school reading comprehension to another level

Nearly six million middle school students today are reading below grade level—a shocking number. The National Center for Education Statistics' 2017 report, The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics and Reading...
Author: Maridale Still, Cynthia Cummings, Tilisa Thibodeaux, L. Kay Abernathy
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Help! My Students Write Like They Text!

Help! My Students Write Like They Text!

Using code-switching to improve writing

IMHO, LOL, OIC, OMG. If you've recently graded middle school or high school writing, chances are you've read terms like these; or my favorite, "wtf - idk" which also happened to be an answer on a student's quiz. As a...
Author: Jennifer French
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Mrs. Chandler, I Have This Idea…

Mrs. Chandler, I Have This Idea…

Independent reading assignments open students' minds and hearts

One of my favorite days of the year is when I give students their first independent reading assignment. I believe the best way to keep the love of reading alive is for students to read what they love and share their...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Tags: Reading
After-Reading Response: Using Found Poetry for Synthesizing Text

After-Reading Response: Using Found Poetry for Synthesizing Text

Found poetry encourages readers to choose important details from text that they can use to demonstrate and share meaning

Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing—writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase comprehension of texts—fiction...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Tags: Reading
Social and Emotional Learning through YA Literature

Social and Emotional Learning through YA Literature

Classroom strategies for using literature to help students with daily struggles

It didn't take long to realize Marissa was not going to be focused on the day's lesson. Shortly after arriving in class, she took her seat, placed her head in her hands, and started crying. She shared that her best...
Author: Brooke Boback Eisenbach, Kenzie Moniz, Robert Forrester
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Contemporary Music Connections to The Diary of Anne Frank

Contemporary Music Connections to The Diary of Anne Frank

Helping students draw meaning and demonstrate skills in discussing thematic elements

Teaching literacy skills through the story of Anne Frank has evolved for me—I've learned so much through my students and what they like in the music world! Their creativity and insights show academic progress,...
Author: Patricia McClair
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During-Reading Response: Visual Response or Drawing through the Text

During-Reading Response: Visual Response or Drawing through the Text

Ideas for helping readers visualize text to promote comprehension at deeper levels

Much of the writing we assign our students is public writing: writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase comprehension of texts—fiction and...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Tags: Reading
Now What?

Now What?

Connecting students with what they're reading by pairing texts with real world experiences

Once we've learned to read, reading becomes a tool that helps us learn. Creating a learning experience that incorporates reading deeply, however, can be a challenge for today's teachers. How can we make reading...
Author: Sarah Gravemann
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