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Strike a Pose: Active Learning and Text Engagements with Tableaux!

Strike a Pose:  Active Learning and Text Engagements with Tableaux! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a way for students to engage with a work of fiction or to think more deeply about a piece of informational text?  Do you want to interject some energy into your world of learning and that of your students?  Would you like to incorporate kinesthetic learning into your classroom? 
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I say yes to every question in the lead.  What do you say?

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I say yes to every question in the lead.  What do you say?

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Use Word Clouds in eLearning or face to face in your writing classroom.

Use Word Clouds in eLearning or face to face in your writing classroom. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Encourage learners to use word clouds to revise and edit their assignments.
Ask learners to read over the essays or assignments they just created and pick and choose keywords. Then, encourage them to create a word cloud with these words, so that they can determine if their work is on-topic and relevant, or if it needs to be revised and edited further
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10 suggestions that will appeal to any writing teacher. Written for online teachers, this article fits any class setting; online, blended, or traditional. 

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Mike Dilger's curator insight, December 25, 2014 4:15 PM

Word Clouds are a great tool.  Here's one idea for incorporating into your classroom as a learning tool for students.

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To Kill a Mockingbird – now available for the first time in eBook format | OverDrive Blogs

To Kill a Mockingbird – now available for the first time in eBook format | OverDrive Blogs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

You may have seen the recent big news that Harper Lee has finally agreed to allow an eBook version of To Kill a Mockingbird to be released for the very first time. We’re happy to announce that the title is ready for sale in OverDrive Marketplace now, though its release date is not until July. You can add it to your school or public library catalog immediately, and accept holds that will be filled when the eBook is published.


To order this classic title and see some other very big authors and titles newly available in eBook format, check out this cart: Starring Harper Lee: Best of the Backlist. You’ll find bestselling titles from authors like Arthur Hailey, James Michener, Isabel Allende and more—newly available in eBook format for libraries and schools. Enjoy!

Cindy Orr is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.


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Classic in a new format!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 26, 2014 1:04 PM

A classic in a new format.

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10 Good Apps to Enhance Language Learning, Reading and Writing | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Good Apps to Enhance Language Learning, Reading and Writing | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Today, I am sharing with you a set of some great iPad apps that are really good for language learning. The two basic skills emphasized here are reading and writing. I invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other titles to add to the list


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 12, 2014 9:47 AM

Yep, downloaded the Rosetta Stone TOTALe app this morning.

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Is the next generation learing how to write or rt.

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Read Aloud - Importance of Reading Aloud

Read Aloud - Importance of Reading Aloud | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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ozziegontang's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:28 PM

The proof is in the reading.  And making it a daily practice.

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 26, 2013 2:42 PM

This is so important. It isn't just important for mothers to read aloud. It is very important that fathers take a turn too.

Jan Watts's curator insight, November 26, 2013 5:09 PM

We know this, but it bears repeating, and repeating and repeating!!!!

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Dream Big…Read Big…Write Big

Each year Deb Gaby helps select a reading theme for the school year at Milford Elementary School. This year, to kick off the BIG reading year, we hosted a carnival. Kids made book… Read More →
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Improving Student Expository Writing

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In Texas we have a new state test called the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and some schools like mine, were surprised by the student poor performance in writing.


he question is, "What should they be reading?" My son in-law answered this question also, "They need to read the same type of things that you want them to write." So, there you have it. Our students were doing poorly on expository writing so they need to do more expository reading? Well, perhaps not. I'm not sure exactly what expository reading is but what the students need is to read more writing that is expository in nature.

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Can E-Readers Ease Reading for Dyslexics?

Can E-Readers Ease Reading for Dyslexics? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
So scientists have turned their attention to a new question: Are there ways to make reading easier for dyslexics?


Surprisingly, the answer appears to be yes, and the methods experts are using to ease the act of reading are remarkably simple and concrete. With changes in the spacing, the size, and the appearance of text, studies are showing, children with dyslexia can read more quickly and accurately, allowing them to get the reading practice they need to improve.

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Readers’ Theater | Literacy Connections

Readers’ Theater | Literacy Connections | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Readers’ Theater (also spelled "Reader’s Theatre" or "Readers Theater") is an activity in which students, while reading directly from scripts, are able to tell a story in a most entertaining form, without props, costumes, or sets.This is a reading activity, and students are not asked to memorize their lines. They are, however, encouraged to "ham it up" and use intonation and gestures appropriate to their characters and their characters’ words.

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Video:Conferring with an Avatar: Using Voki for Proofreading

I've always taught the importance of reading a paper aloud.  Every writer should do this when proofreading.  Using an avatar as a part of the process makes sense.  I've used VOKI, but this use never occurred to me.  What do you think? ~ Dennis


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Students use text-to-speech software (Web 2.0 Avatars) to listen to their writing aloud. We use this 21st century method for proofreading when students do not read over their writing or are unaware of mistakes in their story. Students use this self-discovery strategy of revision and editing in order to privately critique their own work before conferring with the teacher.



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Sue Ward's comment, October 12, 2012 7:41 PM
Sounds intriguing and practical - good to see the students taking control of their own learning.
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"TweenTribune" Provides The Same Text At Different Levels AND A Virtual Classroom - For Free!

"TweenTribune" Provides The Same Text At Different Levels AND A Virtual Classroom - For Free! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
It provides daily news stories, with the same one edited several times for different reading levels. The stories also have self-scoring quizzes and provide decent “critical thinking” questions that students can respond to in the comments. On top of that, teachers can create virtual classrooms to monitor it all, as well as moderating student comments.
And it’s all available for free!
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I can see this working in a tech enabled reading/writing classroom. Will it work for you?

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Feature: Reading Quickly and Efficiently Online | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community

Feature: Reading Quickly and Efficiently Online | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

“…reading is an appallingly mechanical process. You look at a word or several words. This is called a “fixation,” and it takes about .25 seconds on average. You move your eye to the next word or group of words. This is called a “saccade,” and it takes up to about .1 seconds on average. After this is repeated once or twice, you pause to comprehend the phrase you just looked at. That takes roughly 0.3 to 0.5 seconds on average. Add all these fixations and saccades and comprehension pauses together and you end up with about 95 percent of all college-level readers reading between 200 and 400 words per minute…”

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Speed reading technology on your phone or computer.

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A Visual Guide To Slowing Down The Distracted Generation (Infographic)

A Visual Guide To Slowing Down The Distracted Generation (Infographic) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
I’m guilty. And I’m definitely too old to be considered part of the ‘distracted generation’. I didn’t grow up with a device in hand at all times, hopping from shiny thing to shiny thing on the internet. I use tools to help keep me from being distracted online. Distractions are all around with technology, and connecting …

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Literature-inspired Notebook Celebrations

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I'm trying something new this school year (2013-2014). When we finish a play or novel or short story, I am going to require my students to add a creative summary of that play or novel that we have finished.
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Another terrific Pinterest board tacked with resources from Corbett Harrison.

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Free online speed reading software | Spreeder.com

Speed reading is the art of silencing subvocalization. Most readers have an average reading speed of 200 wpm, which is about as fast as they can read a passage out loud. This is no coincidence. It is their inner voice that paces through the text that keeps them from achieving higher reading speeds. They can only read as fast as they can speak because that's the way they were taught to read, through reading systems like Hooked on Phonics.


However, it is entirely possible to read at a much greater speed, with much better reading comprehension, through silencing this inner voice. The solution is simple - absorb reading material faster than that inner voice can keep up.

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Without reading, there's not much writing.  As a middle school teacher I taught speed reading as a remdial and advanced tactic for my kids.  


Thid online system is something I'd explore if Ihad a face to face classroom with kids....

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English Lesson Plans from todays news in minutes. Use authentic text in your ESL/EFL/Literacy class today.

English Lesson Plans from todays news in minutes. Use authentic text in your ESL/EFL/Literacy class today. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Learn how to create English Langauge Lesson plans using todays news in only a few minutes.


Reviewed by Ian Butler:


LingleOnline is an innovative technology service for English language teachers and learners. Lingle uses current international news to dynamically create English learning materials. Teachers choose suitable articles based on keyword(s), level, topic, publication and/or linguistic feature. Then quickly create, edit and publish lessons. Teachers can assign activities and track progress. Contact: Ian Butler

30 day free trial....

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Recently highlighted at ISTE's San Antonio conference. 

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Jessica Wise: How fiction can change reality

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Reading and stories can be an escape from real life, a window into another world -- but have you ever considered how new fictional experiences might change your perspective on real, everyday life? From Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter, learn how popular fiction can spark public dialogue and shape culture.

Lesson by Jessica Wise, narration by Emilie Soffe, animation by Augenblick Studios.
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Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature

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A comprehensive anthology and guide to English literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Seventeenth Century, Restoration and Eighteenth Century...
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6-Traits Resources: Primary Sentence Fluency & Reader's Theater

6-Traits Resources: Primary Sentence Fluency & Reader's Theater | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Class comments from Kathy: 


I was excited to see the example in the book that described a good way to begin teaching varying sentences was to model. That is exactly what I did with my class last year when I dabbled in teaching sentence fluency. I wrote a story similar to the boring beach story in the book. Mine was about playing at the park. I started every sentence with we and the sentences were short and simple. Then next to it I had a story with descriptive words, varied sentence lengths and different words starting the sentences. I started by asking which one was more enjoyable to listen to. They were able to respond correctly and talk about what made it more interesting to listen to. We then focused on the poorly written park story and how we could rewrite it to make it have more sentence fluency. We never got past the modeling and shared writing portion of this because the school year ended. I am excited to try some more of the ideas in Spandels's book this year.


This post includes a list of online resources! ~Dennis

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WritingFix Projects: The "Mentor Text of the Year" Network

WritingFix Projects: The "Mentor Text of the Year" Network | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Occasionally a great classroom mentor text is about a topic we're very fond of here at WritingFix: how to write better. A mentor text on this topic deserves to be brought out again and again (and again) in a school year.


Our Mentor Text of the Year program chooses a different book each year that shares advice on writing from a published writer. Teachers users of WritingFix are invited to purchase the text, incorporate it into a writing lesson, then share how they used the book at our Mentor Text of the Year Network. Our favorite ideas submitted to the network will be published here at WritingFix, and teachers whose ideas are published will be sent a complimentary copy of one of the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Print Publications.

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