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This is my Anti-Lexile, Anti-Reading Level Post. | Unleashing Readers

This is my Anti-Lexile, Anti-Reading Level Post. | Unleashing Readers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This is my anti-lexile, anti-reading level post. I get it. Well-intentioned parents want to challenge their children. Well-meaning, (perhaps new) teachers want to be sure that students are advancing in their reading levels. Maybe this is okay in first or second grade. Beyond this, let’s stop this madness. We can do better. We cannot calculate the complexity of a text using a mathematical equation.
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The House That Reading Built by Donalyn Miller

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Donalyn Miller, author of "The Book Whisperer" and "Reading in the Wild" has written a love letter to literacy. She describes how reading and books helped her overcome a challenging and impoverished childhood.

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For Reading, Knowledge Matters More Than Strategies, Some Experts Say

For Reading, Knowledge Matters More Than Strategies, Some Experts Say | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Improving reading comprehension is not about giving students good "strategies," it's about increasing their knowledge base about the world, a panel of experts argued.
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What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing

What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The excerpt below is from the book “Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond,” by Larry Ferlazzo. This excerpt is from the chapter entitled “I Still Want to Know: How Can You Get Students More Interested in Reading and Writing?”
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Addressing Disciplinary Literacy in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Addressing Disciplinary Literacy in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In this article from the Illinois Reading Council, the authors elaborate on the intricate connections between CCSS and disciplinary literacy by addressing  two common misconceptions that have arisen: 1) disciplinary literacy is not simply a new label for content area literacy; and 2) disciplinary literacy is not intended to replace the practices associated with content area literacy. Inquiry is at the heart of disciplinary practices. In order for students and teachers to operate from an inquiry-based approach, teachers must recognize and make accessible to students the habits of practice used by disciplinary experts and be able to identify linguistic features specific to each discipline. The authors offer tips for choosing literacy strategies that match disciplinary goals and objectives, cultivating academic conversations academic conversations and fostering writing for argument.
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When We All Teach Text Structures, Everyone Wins

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"Teachers of history, science, and other subjects are now expected to weave literacy instruction into their teaching of content. But how should they do that? What are the most effective ways to help students learn to read challenging content-area texts?"

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5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.
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#6 Ask your librarian to help your student find a book!

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NCLE Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning

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"Today there is growing agreement that literacy is at the center of all learning. The National Center for Literacy Education, a coalition of education associations, policy organizations, and foundations united to support schools in elevating literacy learning, conducted a nationally representative survey of educators of all roles, grade levels, and subject areas to find out where we stand as a nation. This report provides an overview of NCLE's findings and concludes with an analysis of opportunities to move forward."

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Digital Reading Poses Learning Challenges for Students

Digital Reading Poses Learning Challenges for Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Some academics, educators, and technology vendors are pushing to minimize the distracting bells and whistles that abound in high-tech instructional materials.
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Feeding Our Students' Reading Interests with RSS

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How to encourage students to choose and organize online reading sources using feed aggregators such as Feedly and Flipboard. This is a short article that includes lots of links to explain terms and demonstrate tools.

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Classroom Library Self-Assessment

Hello Twitter friends! Due to the response from my Twitter pals at the #MELit chat, I thought I'd post the recent self-assessment I created for classroom teachers and their classroom libraries here...
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This teacher created a brief assessment to use to improve your classroom library. And in case you're wondering, no! I do not feel threatened by the existence of classroom libraries in my school "competing" with my school library. Books beget readers, readers use libraries, where ever they are. There is no such thing as too many libraries in a school!

 

Also, don't ever think that classroom libraries are just for English teachers. The best way to connect a student with books is through your positive relationship with that kid--and we don't all have relationships with every kid in our building, but hopefully, every kid in our building has a relationship with at least one of us. If each of those teachers has some interesting looking books in their room that they can personally recommend, then we have many opportunities to inspire our readers in our buildings.

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What Close Reading Actually Means

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Grant Wiggins analyzes this term, what it looks like in action and its relation to Common Core Standards.

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Essential Reading Comprehension Questions

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"We’ve been reading Judi Moreillon’s book Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension and would like to share a series of questions you can ask students to help them build connections between:

 

Themselves and the textMultiple textsTexts and the world"
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ESSA Reins In, Reshapes Federal Role in Literacy

ESSA Reins In, Reshapes Federal Role in Literacy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The new program is smaller and less prescriptive than Reading First, and it can be applied to students of all ages.
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Facing The Technological Monsters That Threaten Our Children: Tap, Click, Read

"When it comes to kids and parenting, the conversation around digital media and screen time has become boring and predictable. Folks worry about the impact of video games, apps, tablets, and smartphones."

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In this essay, Jordan Shapiro briefly reviews the new book "Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens" by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos on News Literacy

Five-Minute Film Festival: 9 Videos on News Literacy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How can you help your students begin to separate fact from fiction in the news? This collection of videos and resources will get you started.
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Science, Mathematics, Physical and Environmental Education

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We have assembled last year’s most read articles from Routledge Education Journals researching Science, Mathematics, Physical and Environmental Education. Find out why these papers were so popular by taking a look yourself.
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These articles would normally require database access to read and may be useful, not just for their content, but as examples of scientific articles for teaching students how to read such types of text.

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Getting Started with Questions of Text Complexity

The Literacy in Learning Exchange and NCTE have assembled this excellent collection of resources for helping teachers learn how to help students tackle text complexity. Included in these resources are a video, an audio, several book chapters and a link to Maine's Cross Disciplinary Literacy Network group.

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Dyslexia Awareness Week 2014

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Academic journal publisher Routledge-Taylor&Francis has made a collection of articles about dyslexia available for free download from this site.

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?
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Paideia Seminars: How to Build Student Collaboration Skills

Paideia Seminars: How to Build Student Collaboration Skills | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
What is a Paideia Seminar? A collaborative, intellectual dialogue facilitated with open-ended questions about a text. Few instructional strategies accomplish literacy integration as well as this.
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Working Together Is Working Smarter

Working Together Is Working Smarter | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Need evidence that having shared planning time affects student achievement? NCLE has some examples for you.

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Reading and Writing Aren't Just for the English Department

Reading and Writing Aren't Just for the English Department | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Several years ago, Principal Mark Thomas and his staff at Northview High School realized their students needed more help reading. Thus began a school-wide focus on reading, beginning with fostering and facilitating student choice, which has already had some positive results.

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Nation split by 'read and read-nots'

Nation split by 'read and read-nots' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The "nation" referred to here is England, but the study describes a worrying trend quite familiar to American educators.

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News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century

News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

News literacy is a relatively new field in media studies that focuses on defining and teaching the skills that citizens need to evaluate the credibility of the information they encounter, and on examining the role that credible information plays in a representative democracy.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 6, 2014 5:14 AM

Teaching students how to assess the credibility of information.