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K-8 Passages

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You should check out ReadWorks. They offer a research-based reading comprehension curriculum. ReadWorks is a completely free -just register!

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Reading Specialists Resources - LiveBinder

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A collection of resources for Reading Specialists on CCSS

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Three Strategies to Boost English Language Learning in Science and Social Studies

Three Strategies to Boost English Language Learning in Science and Social Studies | AdLit | Scoop.it
By Beth Morrow Though no instructional strategy is better than another, some strategies are more appropriate or applicable to specific content, learners, or purposes. The strategy suggestions in my Math and ELLs post can be used with any content, as can the strategies below. Increasing the achievement of ELLs and struggling learners is all about finding ways to help them understand content so meaningful learning can take place. Manage Vocabulary The days of kill-and-drill vocabulary tests are over—or should be, if long-term retention is the goal. Student success in vocabulary-heavy courses increases exponentially when students have a system and a clear expectation for the vocabulary they are learning. Below are my three favorite strategies I share most often regarding vocabulary. 1. Choose targeted vocabulary to teach. Predetermining the vocabulary most crucial to comprehension will help students build a content knowledge foundation. Yes, we want students to learn all of the vocabulary, but if we expect them to learn everything, their learning begins to resemble tossing spaghetti at a wall: some sticks and some doesn't. Focus their attention on vocabulary that will give the most bang for your buck, and cultivate deeper connections with those words before expanding the list. 2. Have students create a vocabulary collection tool. Having vocabulary disappear into the abyss of the student mind is easy to remedy by providing a word collection tool for reference and reflection. Just putting vocabulary worksheets in a binder doesn't help retention. Have students collect and interact with words in a dedicated notebook. Provide students with templates such as a Frayer model to help establish word relationships. 3. Create vocabulary connections. After you’ve crammed for an exam, what happens to that information once the test is over? Bits and pieces might remain, but the brain is not built for intensive, short-term recall of content learned in isolation. Help boost recall and usage by teaching explicit connections between old and new vocabulary words, and how new terms relate to previous words and concepts through word walls, webs, or mind maps. Build Background Whether through interrupted schooling or late entry, students come to class with varying levels of previous knowledge. Informally probing students’ prior knowledge before presenting new content can greatly improve comprehension. And knowing what students know (or don't) offers insight to help instructors focus new learning. Use simple resources and mini-lessons to bridge content gaps. Building knowledge doesn't require entire class periods and elaborate preparation. Find videos, simple picture books on the same content, lower reading level texts, podcasts, or websites for students to sample in-class or independently. Use Visuals More than other content, success in science and social studies relies on a student's ability to comprehend specific vocabulary and abstract concepts and to recall terms so that they can be connected to new learning. Visuals offer an instant, concrete connection to words and concepts that might otherwise linger in uncertainty. A variety of regalia, props, basic websites, historical documents, scientific illustrations and charts, maps, and timelines are excellent supplements. The depth of prior knowledge and intensity of new vocabulary required to master science and social studies content can intimidate both struggling students and ELLs. Put students in control of their own learning by supplementing difficult content with research-based strategies and watch them soar! More from Beth Morrow. Beth Morrow teaches middle school ESL in Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio. She also blogs on educational and classroom issues at www.canwejustread.com. Connect with her on Twitter: @BethFMorrow.
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The artistic process: Thinking through problems - E Kantipur

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The artistic process: Thinking through problems E Kantipur It is that immensely precious time beforehand, the time you spend researching, making notes, and thinking about your nascent idea that is key to being able to finally execute what you see...
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Real-time plagiarism checker debuts for Microsoft Word

Real-time plagiarism checker debuts for Microsoft Word | AdLit | Scoop.it
Academic Wordsmith is a Word app that can check your paper for plagiarism as you're writing it.

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Achievethecore.org :: Complete Guide to Creating Text-Dependent Questions

Achievethecore.org :: Complete Guide to Creating Text-Dependent Questions | AdLit | Scoop.it
Thorough explanation of the how and why of text-dependent questions for close, analytic reading. Includes examples.

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This site has many great resources including lesson plans.

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English Language Arts and Disciplinary Literacy Websites

English Language Arts and Disciplinary Literacy Websites | AdLit | Scoop.it
Great free resources to support ELA and Disciplinary Literacy CCSS http://t.co/CEdKdsEuZp #ISTE2014

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ETS Launches New Website to Help Educators Strengthen Reading ... - IT News Online

ETS Launches New Website to Help Educators Strengthen Reading ...
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... including EL students, to comprehend and engage in complex texts across content areas," explains Wolf.

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J Washburn: Author Blog: What tone should I use when I write an English paper?

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The Intro to Washburn's Master's Thesis on Putting Personality in Your Writing...


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Why do we make our students write essays?

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The website UnemployedProfessors.com is a research paper mill with a twist. They openly 'diss the entire educational system. Do they have a point, I wonder?

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White Paper: 7 Classroom Routines that Promote Content Literacy Skills > Eye On Education

White Paper: 7 Classroom Routines that Promote Content Literacy Skills > Eye On Education | AdLit | Scoop.it
Everyone knows the story of the young man carrying a violin case, walking down the street in Manhattan. He stops a fellow pedestrian and politely as...

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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

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At its core, the six-word memoir teaches us to be concise but also introspective. Try describing yourself in six words. Not easy, right?

 

So how does the six-word memoir make sense in a history class? As a history teacher, I am always looking to integrate my class with as many different disciplines as possible. I also try to turn my students away from being just consumers of information and toward being global creators of everything cool. When I learned that the National Writing Project teamed up with Mozilla to create a Thimble webmaking application for six-word memoirs, I began to realize the potential this could have in my history classes.


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Who said, "Brevity is the soul of wit..." ? 

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Publications & Resources - Center for the Advancement of Reading

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For an overview of the assessments related to the new California Standards, click on the title above or here: http://calstate.edu/car/publications/

 


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New Approaches to Writing with Dr. Doug Fisher - YouTube

Dr. Doug Fisher discusses new approaches to writing.
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What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets

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Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets has dominated much of the attention around how students can influence their own learning. But there are other ways to help students tap into their own motivation, too. Here are a few other important mindsets to consider.
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Timeline Photos - One-Stop Career Center Nevada | Facebook

Timeline Photos - One-Stop Career Center Nevada | Facebook | AdLit | Scoop.it
If you're new to computers or have some experience, we have a great workshop for you! With our Digital Literacy workshop, you can learn essential skills... (If you're new to computers or have some experience, we have a great workshop for you!
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Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work...

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A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Educación Virtual UNET curated by Jaime Salcedo Luna (A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills ~...
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Close Reading Infographic | Common Core Oklahom...

Close Reading Infographic | Common Core Oklahom... | AdLit | Scoop.it
“Close Reading Infographic on Common Core Oklahoma curated by Connie Wise (Close Reading Infographic | @scoopit via @dgburris http://t.co/sUYecW0wKx #ccss)...” (Close Reading Infographic | Common Core Oklahoma http://t.co/KqRXvFDDAG...

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Awesome graphic depicting Close Reading!

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Collaborative Strategic Reading Across Content Areas - DEN Blog ...

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Collaborative Strategic Reading Across Content Areas. March26. Have you heard of Collaborative Strategic Reading? CSR is a collection of organized and scripted strategies that are intended to improve reading comprehension and learning.

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Analytical Writing in the Content Areas | ICT

Analytical Writing in the Content Areas | ICT | AdLit | Scoop.it
Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z | AdLit.org Many students are used to writing narratives - stories, description, even poetry, but have little experience with analytical writing.

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"Breaking News" Is An Engaging Tool For Reading...News

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Breaking News is a current events news-reader designed in an intriguing way. You can type in whatever topic you want to read about -- soccer, major news, refugees -- and you're provided with a list...

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Plagiarism checking tool - the most accurate and absolutely FREE! Try now!

Plagiarism checking tool - the most accurate and absolutely FREE! Try now! | AdLit | Scoop.it
The best FREE plagiarism checker. Check your paper online!

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| Understanding Language

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Understanding Language is devoted to improving education for English Language Learners in light of the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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Radical Idea: What if we stopped teaching writing?

Radical Idea: What if we stopped teaching writing? | AdLit | Scoop.it
I have a radical idea. What if we stopped teaching writing and instead focused on the writer? What if we gave our writers the support and guidance they need, but stopped assigning inauthentic writi...
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Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought - NPR (blog)

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NPR (blog)
Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

 

Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.

 

"The theory of the fourth-grade shift had been based on behavioral data," says the lead author of the study, Donna Coch. She heads the Reading Brains Lab at Dartmouth College.

 

The assumption teachers make: "In a nutshell," Coch says, "by fourth grade you stop learning to read and start reading to learn. We're done teaching the basic skills in third grade, and you go use them starting in the fourth."

 

But, Coch's team found, that assumption may not be true.


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A Flipped Reading & Writing Workshop Works Wonders

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Earlier this year, my principal and ITC suggested that I try flipping the classroom in some way with my 1:1 iPads. My biggest concern with a flipped classroom approach is the loss of interaction st...

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Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking | MiddleWeb

Close Reading of Advertising Promotes Critical Thinking | MiddleWeb | AdLit | Scoop.it

Expert Frank Baker outlines approaches to helping students understand the sources, structure and impacts of commercial marketing in print and visual media.


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