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Stop, Write, and Discuss

Stop, Write, and Discuss

Literacy strategies to transform instruction and deepen learning

Social studies instruction requires students to understand complex concepts, read dense primary source documents, and critically consider various perspectives. As a social studies and English language arts teacher, I...
Author: Kasey Short
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Moving from Telling Our Stories to Inviting Stories

Moving from Telling Our Stories to Inviting Stories

The importance of getting beyond writing that argues, informs, or narrates

From kindergarten through twelfth grade, students learn to make an argument, convey information, and narrate a series of events (NGA Center for Best Practices & CCSSO, 2010). Every year, it's just those three...
Author: Lauren Porosoff
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Tags: Writing
Changing the Narrative

Changing the Narrative

Literacy as sustaining practice in every classroom

Régine recently decided to plant a flower garden. A friend, who was also a master gardener, volunteered to help. Immediately, this friend began talking about how plants create "themes" in a garden. Would...
Author: Regine Randall, Joseph Marangell
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Educating Students for the Future through a Strong Reading Program

Educating Students for the Future through a Strong Reading Program

Reading programs help identify and provide intervention for struggling readers

Most of us go into education because we care about children and about the world. We want to help our children be the best they can be and reach their fullest potential. Reading is the most basic skill that we help our...
Author: Catherine A. Sharbel, Deborah Hayes
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Tags: Reading
Exploring Web Comics

Exploring Web Comics

Examples of web comics and the implications to student readers

Some teachers may suggest that no text can replace the classics, the perennial list of books that English teachers seem to love and endearingly pass on to students year after year. However, the list of what belongs in...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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Tags: Reading
Creating Independent Readers

Creating Independent Readers

Independent reading assignments do not make students independent readers. Here are ways you can foster students on the journey to being independent readers

The words "independent reading" should bring celebration, right? Somehow, a confluence of amazing events has occurred that has brought a student to a point in life where she is reading! However, indulge me on the...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Tags: Reading
During Reading Response: Double-Entry Journals

During Reading Response: Double-Entry Journals

This technique encourages students to read closely and discover and record text evidence

Much of the writing we assign students is public writing: writing to communicate with others. Writing-to-learn is personal writing, writing that helps students increase comprehension of texts in all disciplines. In a...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Reader Response in All Disciplines

Reader Response in All Disciplines

Scaffolding writing-to-learn by teaching reader response strategies before, during, and after reading

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 their comprehension of texts in all...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Duct Tape and Pom-Poms

Duct Tape and Pom-Poms

Engaging middle school learners in metaphoric thinking through self-expressive prompts

Everyday Leadership Object Prompt A Please take a few minutes to think about characteristics of leaders you know and respect. Then choose an object from the table that...
Author: Anita Stewart McCafferty
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Authentic Audience, Wonderful Writing

Authentic Audience, Wonderful Writing

A teacher's guide to planning a high-interest, engaging writing project

Three years ago an eighth grade class of mine had a blog project called "Dear Terrorist" where students researched their topics and wrote letters to anyone considering (or participating in) a decision that could harm...
Author: Dominic Carrillo
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