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Best Books 2013 Fiction - SLJ

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SLJ's book review editors have chosen the best fiction titles of 2013.

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Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week begins today. Celebrate diversity by teaching diverse YA books in your classroom.
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Increase the Amount of Student Writing 

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Two necessary conditions for students to improve the quality of their writing are explicit instruction in writing techniques and sustained writing practice. Explicit instruction is a systemic approach to teaching that includes a set of proven design and delivery procedures or interventions derived from research. Throughout this guide, you will find descriptions of many such writing interventions.

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Lawsuit accuses Michigan of violating Detroit students' rights | Reuters

Lawsuit accuses Michigan of violating Detroit students' rights | Reuters | AdLit | Scoop.it
A lawsuit filed on behalf of seven Detroit students on Tuesday accuses state officials of allowing high rates of illiteracy at several poorly functioning schools in the city, arguing it is a violation of the children's constitutional rights.
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Anatomy of a Book: The Contents

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How to identify and define the interior parts of a published book, including the Dedication Page, Acknowledgements, Foreword, Preface, Appendix, Index and other matter.

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iClassics Literature Resurrects Enhanced Interactive eBooks

iClassics Literature Resurrects Enhanced Interactive eBooks | AdLit | Scoop.it

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You Should Try The Nook Reading App

You Should Try The Nook Reading App | AdLit | Scoop.it
Are you a Nook users, then you shouldn’t miss this Nook reading app with amazing functionality and features. You can ring up the Nook professionals for the satisfactory Nook Customer Service.
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Giving Students a Voice

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Among the many things young people have to do to succeed in school is learn to respect procedures they haven’t created or approved. Just think: A teenager sitting in class follows a lesson formulated by her teacher and a curriculum written by distant policymakers. On the walls, posters she didn’t choose inform her of her school’s goals and values. Throughout the day, she eats, talks, and even dresses according to rules determined by her principal. Her day begins and ends at times the school board and superintendent established.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 14, 3:35 PM

"When schools find ways to welcome student opinions — to partner with students “as stakeholders in their own learning,” especially at the secondary level — they do more than equip students with tools for lifelong success. They also wind up creating programs and policies that are more effective at meeting the schools’ own goals for supporting young people in their healthy development."

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Ex-Google guy builds English teaching app that adapts to student

Ex-Google guy builds English teaching app that adapts to student | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Yi Wang was hearing the same refrain over and over: Why are English classes in China so expensive? And why aren’t I proficient yet?  ..."

 


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Five online tools that are grammar police approved

Five online tools that are grammar police approved | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Do you love to write, but hate the time it takes to proofread your work? Do your fingers and brain work at different speeds, resulting in grammar errors and typos? ..."

GrammarlyPaper RaterAfter The DeadlineOnline CorrectionHemingway Editor
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Maria Angélica Morales Valencia's curator insight, September 14, 10:08 PM
Normally, when we write an article, essay, narrative paragraphs, etc… we are so inspired that do not pay attention in the grammar mistakes, although word lets us know certain mistakes, it is an incomplete tool that has a lot of ambiguous suggestions. Most of the tools that we found at Internet are not useful due to the fact that are not developed correctly so we have a lot of ideas and our written text is almost perfect but as students, our grade is low for the grammatical errors. Now, thanks to 5 tools we can check our grammar and be sure that our text is accurate. The tools are: Grammarly, Paper Rater, After the deadline, Online correction, Hemingway Editor. All of these tools are available to improve our grammar competence.
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My best writing tip by William Boyd, Jeanette Winterson, Amit Chaudhuri and more

My best writing tip by William Boyd, Jeanette Winterson, Amit Chaudhuri and more | AdLit | Scoop.it
Got a brilliant beginning, or the seed of an idea? Authors offer their most important piece of advice – from finding a voice to the all-important ending

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Scientists Measure Harry Potter, Romeo & Juliet, and Other Books For Average Happiness and Emotional Arcs

Scientists Measure Harry Potter, Romeo & Juliet, and Other Books For Average Happiness and Emotional Arcs | AdLit | Scoop.it
How many kinds of stories are there? From Harry Potter, to Oedipus and Romeo and Juliet, scientists at University of Vermont use data modeling to figure it out. 

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How important is vocabulary? Tim Shanahan

How important is vocabulary? Tim Shanahan | AdLit | Scoop.it
FN: We think vocabulary is a hidden driver of long term outcomes in both reading and in school overall.  In Reading Reconsidered we advise teachers to invest more heavily in it.  But vocabulary has an assessment problem. It’s hard to tell how good students’ vocabulary is or how fast vocabularies are growing.  Any practical thoughts on measurement of vocabulary for schools?
 

TS: Vocabulary is important—especially as one moves up the grades and confronts texts that use a more diversified collection of words. The correlation of vocabulary and comprehension is surprisingly low in the earliest grades, but that correlation increases every year as students advance through school. Initially vocabulary isn’t that important because the word load of most beginning reading materials don’t exceed children’s oral language development (for years, publishers worked very hard at making sure, in fact, that the vocabulary demands of early textbooks did not exceed what children were likely to know in this regard). But, as this question notes, vocabulary assessment is challenging. If all that you want to know is whether a student is making progress in vocabulary development from year to year or what their normative level of vocabulary knowledge might be, then there are standardized instruments like the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test that can be group administered. The benefit of such testing is that it should account for both the intentional and incidental aspects of vocabulary learning. Students certainly can learn words that are taught to them, but a substantial share of vocabulary development results from independent reading, media experience, and social interactions, when there may be no real intent to learn new words. However, what we often really want to know is how much impact our intentional efforts to foster vocabulary growth are having, and for that I would suggest simply keeping track of all the words that kids are exposed to through instruction and evaluating their knowledge of random sets of these words from time to time. Thus, let’s say across the curriculum, you were introducing/exposing/teaching 20 words per week. Perhaps at the end of the month you would randomly select 20 of these 80 to 100 words, to estimate what percentage of these kids were maintaining. Then at the end of two months, you’d have 160-180 words to choose from, and so on. This would not tell you how fast kids’ vocabularies were growing because it would ignore all the incidental learning that we know takes place, but it would allow teachers to estimate how effective their vocabulary teaching efforts were and if some kids were benefiting more than others.

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12 Of The Best Vocabulary Apps For Middle & High School Students | Listly List

12 Of The Best Vocabulary Apps For Middle & High School Students | Knowji Vocab 7-10, SAT, GRE, ASVAB Audio Visual Vocabulary Flashcards wit

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Literature Study Guides with Infographics -  Course Hero

Literature Study Guides with Infographics -  Course Hero | AdLit | Scoop.it
Literature Study Guides for all your favorite books! Get chapter summaries, in-depth analysis, and visual learning guides for hundreds of English Literary Classics.

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Characters Don't Change, but Readers Do

Characters Don't Change, but Readers Do | AdLit | Scoop.it
The novelist and poet Alice Mattison discusses finding inspiration in the unconventional short stories of Grace Paley.

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Memory, writing and reading

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A Chennai reader, R. Sivakumar, drew our attention to one of the unresolved issues in journalism: repetitions in the work of writers who have domain expertise. He referred to two articles by Navin Ch

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Gene Bodzin's curator insight, September 12, 4:25 PM
We sometimes unknowingly retain certain memories. It is not hard to imagine how writers can unconsciously plagiarize if they accurately recall words they have read or written. They may even plagiarize themselves
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The Best Children's Reading and Book Apps

The Best Children's Reading and Book Apps | AdLit | Scoop.it
Load up your kids’ device with these 17 expert-approved reading and book apps and see how quickly your children turn into little e-bookworms!
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Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection

Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection | AdLit | Scoop.it
When educators take the time to explicitly frame the maker activities and build meaningful reflection in at the end, they're helping to ensure kids are reaching
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, September 14, 3:18 PM
This is another excellent article from the folks at KQED/MindShift about framing and reflection with regards to maker activities. So many times I hear librarians wondering how to truly integrate a makerspace into curriculum and this article will give you some great tools to frame your own practice as well as provide a good starting point for that conversation with classroom teachers. You'll get a lot out of this one!
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Teaching the features of effective writing - The five features of effective writing

Teaching the features of effective writing - The five features of effective writing | AdLit | Scoop.it

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6000+ Children's Books Available for Free via @rmbyrne and Open Culture

6000+ Children's Books Available for Free via @rmbyrne and Open Culture | AdLit | Scoop.it
The University of Florida's Digital Collections offers a huge library of digitized children's books . Thanks to Open Culture

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, September 13, 9:47 AM
Fabulous resource of free digital children's literature. Check this out!
Lee Hall's curator insight, September 13, 10:54 AM
Free online books for children. 
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5 Tools to Organize and Cite Research Sources

5 Tools to Organize and Cite Research Sources | AdLit | Scoop.it

The ways in which we conduct research and organize research have changed significantly over the last couple of decades. When many of us were in middle school and high school our research options were limited to books and periodicals available through our local libraries. Our organization of our research was done mostly in notebooks or perhaps in a desktop document.


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BookWidgets - A must-have for creative teachers

BookWidgets - A must-have for creative teachers | AdLit | Scoop.it

BookWidgets is an affordable app that empowers teachers to create and distribute interactive exercises for iPads and Chromebooks in minutes.


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John Dalziel's curator insight, September 11, 4:13 AM
If practitioners want to make the most of tablets and computers in their Learning Environments (Including Flipped Learning), then BookWidgets is a must look at resource. 
With BookWidgets, Education professionals can create... 
● dynamic lessons, 
● reading exercises, 
● quizzes, 
 ...and many more options for interactive course eBooks and/or assignments. 
Visit https://www.bookwidgets.com/widget-library to view the 30+ widget types practitioners can choose from. 
Tailored educational exercises and teaching apps are easy to make and are instantly graded so practitioners and their learners can track progress in real time. 
As an example, you can see how to configure a WebQuest widget visit https://niels-vanspauwen.wistia.com/medias/6ysk6fsnyl
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A creative writing lesson from the ‘God of Story’

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Robert McKee, has taught creative writing for 30 years. His seminars have attracted more than 60 Oscar winners, but are treated with suspicion by many novelists – including Tim Lott. Can he be won over?

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