Tag: Literature

Reading Girls: Living Literate and Powerful Lives

In this qualitative study, the authors merge two bodies of previously separated scholarship: (1) a socio-cultural understanding of adolescent girls in light of the shifting meaning of ideal girlhood, and (2) the participation and success of adolescent girls in school-based literacy activities. They apply these fields of inquiry to explore the following questions: (1) What

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Deeper Learning Through Book Clubs

At Park Ridge High School one of the texts in our eighth grade language arts curriculum that fulfills a Common Core State Standard is Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. This novel, which students read toward the end of the year, serves as a foundation to demonstrate that our students “read and comprehend literature, including

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Recognizing the A in STEM Education

We live in a world where you can’t understand science without technology, which couches most of if its research and development in engineering, which you can’t create without an understanding of the arts and mathematics. I came to this realization while studying the common factors of teaching and learning across the STEM disciplines of science,

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Getting to the Why: Motivating Students to Read

Why do we have to read this? Does that lament sound familiar? It’s a common question and one that teachers should be able to answer if they want students to be motivated to read. Catherine Snow, in Learning to Read with Voices Reading: Both How and Why, asserts that after students have mastered the how of

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Quick Activities to Keep Students Focused

Well, it’s almost spring. Time to try to get those students to stay in their seats and listen to you. How can you do that? With several different 10- to 15-minute activities. Try these in your English/Language Arts classes: Read to your classes. A great way to quiet students down and grab their interest is to

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