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Theme, Symbolism & Allusion

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Ways to approach lessons on themes, symbolism and allusions. Here is a great example of teaching to the Common Core Standards in ELA with the support of your students.
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ACT Reading: Development of Ideas | Grockit SAT ACT Test Prep

ACT Reading: Development of Ideas | Grockit SAT ACT Test Prep | AdLit | Scoop.it
Start with this overview of development of ideas questions.

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Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer

Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer | AdLit | Scoop.it
"Deep reading" is vigorous exercise from the brain and increases our real-life capacity for empathy

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Anne Oswalt's curator insight, June 15, 2013 6:32 PM

Ammo for 1st day of school.

Robin Burns's curator insight, June 20, 2013 10:54 AM

Interesting read.

Sharon Hayes's comment, August 28, 2013 3:00 AM
This has come up at the Writers Festival this year. I think I've always known this but nice to have research to back it up!
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Audio Book Resources -Develop Listening Skills, Increase Comprehension/Reasoning

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Are you looking for some great websites that provide access to digital stories? This post focuses on children's audio books and provides links to stories that may be downloaded or streamed (for free!). In some cases children may also "read" the book online (again, at no charge).
Why choose to use digital books? They help students "develop listening skills and can increase comprehension and reasoning ability...(and) site word recongition when accompanied by text." Many valuable academic skills can be reinforced through digital text. Check out the links by clicking through to the post.


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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 134, Toni Morrison

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The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.


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Newsela - An Innovative Way for Students to Build Reading Skills

Newsela - An Innovative Way for Students to Build Reading Skills | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Robert Sims's curator insight, June 28, 2013 8:31 AM

Reading + keeping up to date with world events = improved student engagement in contributing positively to society!

Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:21 AM

How cool! This database of newsworthy articles allows the user to change the reading level quite easily with a mouse click. 

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English Pronunciation and intonation - Sentence stress - The English Blog

English Pronunciation and intonation - Sentence stress - The English Blog | AdLit | Scoop.it
Video of British native-speaker English teacher giving example sentences of English pronunciation. Use intonation to improve sentence stress & be clearly understood.

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer [Plus New Images]

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Watch 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' trailer for a sneak peek at the second chapter in Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' prequel trilogy.

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pulseit.com Free site to read latest teen books

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Exclusive Teaser Trailer

Coming to theaters November 22nd, 2013... Watch the trailer and experience the phenomenon like never before, only at the Hunger Games Explorer! - http://www....

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100 best opening lines from children's books

100 best opening lines from children's books | AdLit | Scoop.it
Once upon a time...is not the only way to begin a children's book.
L.M. Montgomery opted for a daring 148-word sentence to open her classic Anne of Green Gables, while J. M.

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SAT/ACT - Adjective and Adverb Use

SAT/ACT - Adjective and Adverb Use | AdLit | Scoop.it
"She easily completed the difficult test."
"She completed the test with difficulty." Which sentence will describe you on test day? That depends on your knowledge of proper adjective and adverb usage.
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Reading for the Main Idea

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One of the most important skills you'll need to develop for all passage-based questions is being abl...
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Study: Reading Fiction Makes People Comfortable With Ambiguity

Study: Reading Fiction Makes People Comfortable With Ambiguity | AdLit | Scoop.it
New Canadian research finds reading a literary short story increases one’s comfort with ambiguity.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, June 15, 2013 12:59 PM

EXACTLY!

 

Another serendipity! No sooner did I scoop and "defend" ThugNotes take on The Great Gatsby, than I came across this article addressing the very same concerns.

 

Perhaps this article's presentation of the points I tried to make are more palatable than my expression of the issues.

 

I'd really encourage the reading of this article that begins...

 

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"Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? It’s a common condition, but a highly problematic one. The compulsion to quell that unease can inspire snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making.

Fortunately, new research suggests a simple antidote for this affliction: Read more literary fiction.

 

A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call “cognitive closure.” Compared with peers who have just read an essay, they expressed more comfort with disorder and uncertainty—attitudes that allow for both sophisticated thinking and greater creativity."

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And, it gets better and better. Lectures and Informational Reading certainly have their significant benefits; but literature can accomplish what is much more rarely accomplished in other expressions of wisdom.

 

That is unless "snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making" and the insistence for "cognitive closure" aren't personal and therefore social problems that need serious attention.

 

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HarperCollins Children's Books - Kids Games and Contests: Printables

HarperCollins Children's Books - Kids Games and Contests: Printables | AdLit | Scoop.it
Find printable coloring and activity sheets featuring the stars of HarperCollins Children's Books including Amelia Bedelia, Lilly, Harold, and more.

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BookChook's curator insight, June 20, 2013 1:22 AM

Excellent free printables linked to great children's books. 

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, September 30, 2013 11:37 AM
Thank you,very nice and useful presentation.
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The Knowledge Loom: The Practices

The Knowledge Loom: The Practices | AdLit | Scoop.it

Adolescent Literacy in the Content AreasFour Key Components of the Adolescent Literacy Support Framework

 

Key Component A -- Motivation:
A successful adolescent literacy initiative takes into account the diverse cultural, linguistic, social, and emotional needs of adolescents.

The following are promising practices related to Key Component A.

Making Connections to Students' LivesHaving Students Interact with Each Other and with TextCreating Responsive Classrooms

 

Key Component B -- Strategies:
A successful adolescent literacy initiative uses research-based approaches that meet the needs of diverse adolescent learners.

The following are promising practices related to Key Component B.

Roles of the TeacherReading and WritingSpeaking and ListeningAn Emphasis on ThinkingCreating a Student-Centered Classroom

 

Key Component C --Across the Curriculum:
A successful adolescent literacy initiative supports reading and writing across content areas.

The following are promising practices related to Key Component C.

Vocabulary DevelopmentUnderstanding Text StructuresRecognizing and Analyzing Discourse FeaturesSupporting the English classroom through literacy developmentSupporting the math classroom through literacy developmentSupporting the science classroom through literacy developmentSupporting the social studies classroom through literacy development

 

Key Component D -- Organizational Support:
A successful adolescent literacy initiative relies on key organizational structures and leadership capacity.

The following are promising practices related to Key Component D.

Meets the goals for adolescents in that particular community and its various constituents.Articulates, communicates, and actualizes a vision of literacy as a priority.Utilizes best practices in the area of systemic educational reform.Is defined in a way that connects to the larger educational program.Involves ongoing support for teacher professional development.Has a clear process for program review and evaluation.

Lifelong literacy is a continuum of development, and the "ongoing literacy of adolescents is just as critical and will require just as much attention, as that of beginning readers" if we expect them to engage in learning tasks that involve higher order thinking skills across the content area (Commission on Adolescent Literacy, 1999).

 

Sustained gains in student performance depend on initiatives that are school-wide or district-wide in design and implementation--a major challenge and a recognized necessity. Such initiatives are complex and synergistic endeavors that need thoughtful coordination across departments and curricular areas. The success of an adolescent literacy initiative depends on educators who can put distinct and overlapping key components into practice.

Why is it necessary for the entire high school to tackle ongoing support of adolescent literacy head-on?

For a quick overview of this issue, read the brief synopsis of why it is essential to successfully support adolescent literacy development throughout the content areas at the high school level.



 

 

 

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Innovations in Learning Technologies for English Language Teaching

This publication offers a different approach to the uses of learning technologies in the language classroom. As a regular classroom teacher you will be able to find lesson ideas to adapt to your own contexts; as a teacher trainer, there is a useful overview of the current state of the art in each of the contexts and a range of practical examples.


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Mrs Shahinur's curator insight, June 21, 2013 10:26 AM

The innovation approach in teaching is really praseworthy.

Jovi Buendia's curator insight, August 8, 2013 12:51 AM

An awesome resource on integrating language learning and technology.  Plenty of sites listed for different target areas.  

John O'Connor's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:54 PM

This is a well organised a very interesting book for the modern language teacher. Just look at the table in the introduction to each chapter and you will find a wealth of ideas for language teaching.

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Welcome to Copyright Kids

Use this inviting site to introduce the concept of "copyright" by answering common questions, defining related terms, and providing sample permission letters.

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Watch the world's longest domino chain made of books

Watch the world's longest domino chain made of books | AdLit | Scoop.it
To kick off its 2013 Summer Reading Program, the Seattle Public Library set a world record with a library-appropriate domino chain. Twenty-seven volunteers lined up 2,131 books and knocked them all down.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, June 17, 2013 9:24 AM

Just for fun.

 

Watch and just for the heck of it, pay attention to all the people reading on the floor as the books fall. I thought they were mannequins at first.

 

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Seven End-of-the-Year Writing Prompts for High School Seniors

Seven End-of-the-Year Writing Prompts for High School Seniors | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Tracee Orman's curator insight, April 6, 2013 10:25 PM

Use these short writing prompts before your seniors graduate for a day of meaningful discussions and allowing your students time to reminisce. 

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Hunger Games Lessons: Do You Teach the Classics?

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Teaching Classic Literature vs. Contemporary Literature

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How Important Is Empathy In Education?

How Important Is Empathy In Education? | AdLit | Scoop.it
Is empathy just part of the feel-good factor in the classroom or is it a crucial and indispensible prerequisite for healthy teacher/student relationships, brain development, identity and learn

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