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A Global Awareness Collaboration Across Disciplines

Teaching students broader concepts using an interdisciplinary approach promotes more authentic experiences and broader learning. Laura Duerr, author of the Spring 2008 Educational Horizons article, "Interdisciplinary...
Author: Pooja Patel, Kevin Toledo
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Making Meaning with Films

Making Meaning with Films

Films can—and should—be more than time-killers in your classroom.

We all know the stereotypical image of the teacher who, tired of direct instruction, dims the lights, turns on the DVD player, and sits quietly while students stare at the screen. The problem here is not that students...
Author: Jason D. DeHart
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Selecting Complex Texts with Intention

Selecting Complex Texts with Intention

Exploring the five plagues of complex text.

One of the most important aspects of teaching literacy in the classroom is text selection, the process by which teachers choose what their students will read. For many teachers, text selection boils down to choosing...
Author: Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, Erica Woolway
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Bridging the Literacy Gap in Science

Bridging the Literacy Gap in Science

Meeting new science standards can be hard for students who struggle with reading and writing.

How do you teach the new science standards to students who struggle with reading and writing? Many middle school science teachers face this dilemma, which is especially challenging for science educators at my school....
Author: Theressa Varner
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Reaching the  Reluctant Reader

Reaching the Reluctant Reader

Turning negative perceptions into positive outlooks.

Common Core State Standards require that students read at complex levels. Guiding students through these increasingly complex materials can be daunting for teachers of mixed ability students, special education...
Author: John Helgeson
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Be Radical: Reimagining the 8th Grade Literary Canon

Be Radical: Reimagining the 8th Grade Literary Canon

Offering diverse texts as well as justice-focused critiques of traditional literature

On the first day of school in Chicago, I encountered a room full of Iraqi, Nepalese, and West African refugee students. Timid, cautious, and nervous, they sat in Room 34 with visible trepidation. Someone with an equal...
Author: Alex Lacasse
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Beyond Cool Garb

T-shirt literacy and social justice education for diverse adolescent learners.

Graphic T-shirts have always had a special place in my life. One of my favorite pieces of clothing in my closet is an old "Schoolhouse Rock!" T-shirt. The shirt features the old PBS television show's classic logo...
Author: Rajni Shankar-Brown
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During-Reading Response: Notepassing Discussion

During-Reading Response: Notepassing Discussion

Get all students to participate in class discussion by taking advantage of the fun of writing and passing notes

Reader response compels readers to interact with the text and makes visible for readers and their teachers the depth of text comprehension. This is the fifth in a series on scaffolding writing-to-learn by teaching a...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Writing to Learn: Using Poetry in Two Voices

In his 1985 book Joyful Noises, Paul Fleischman compared the life of a queen bee and a worker bee, and poetry in two voices was born. Many teachers since then have taught students to read and write poems in two...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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Losing the Fear of Sharing Control: Starting a Reading Workshop

We stood in the empty classroom. Lisa looked up at me. "I couldn't understand what I read last night," she said. I looked at her, speechless. The class was reading a novel, and I wondered why Lisa had been failing...
Author: Lesley Roessing
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