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After-Reading Response: Taking Readers Back to the Book & Sharing What We Read

After-Reading Response: Taking Readers Back to the Book & Sharing What We Read

Returning to the text invites deeper learning and understanding

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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Students as Change Agents for Environmental Issues

Students as Change Agents for Environmental Issues

Trade books and classroom activities help students see the positive impact one person can have

Change. A six-letter word bandied around a lot. Politicians use the word every election cycle to argue for the need of the electorate to select new leaders. In a democracy, change means so much more. Citizens have the...
Author: Katie Thomas, Deborah Wooten, Jeremiah Clabough
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Topics: Teaching
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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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
Number of views (3774)/Comments (0)/
Tags: Reading
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
Number of views (6290)/Comments (0)/
Tags: Reading
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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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
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