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WeAreTeachers: 21 Anchor Charts That Teach Reading Comprehension

WeAreTeachers: 21 Anchor Charts That Teach Reading Comprehension | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Reading comprehension is one of the most complex skills to teach. It’s also arguably the most important. Students will only succeed in other subject areas (and make it a lifelong habit to read for pleasure) if they understand what they are reading on an ingrained level. Many factors go into the development of reading comprehension, including building an extensive vocabulary, asking questions, making connections and visualization.

Below, you’ll find 21 anchor charts that tackle some of the trickiest parts of teaching comprehension. Use them as models for your own teaching and pass them along to a teacher friend!
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Why Reading Aloud Matters

Why Reading Aloud Matters | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

One of the most important times in my classroom is our read aloud time.  It is known to my students as a non-negotiable time.  It’s a time to summon your alter ego and get lost in the story.  It’s a time for students to find a comfortable spot in our classroom.  It’s a time to celebrate the written word by demonstrating passion, admiration, and respect for it. Reading aloud is a lost art in many schools, and it’s time to resurrect this sacred time.

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Books-to-Games: Transforming Classic Novels Into Role Playing Adventures

Books-to-Games: Transforming Classic Novels Into Role Playing Adventures | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

"When Kip Glazer taught English at Kern High School last year, she wanted to reimagine the traditional way of teaching “Fahrenheit 451” by turning the experience of developing English literacy skills into a game. She broke up elements within the book into game components: imagine a game board depicting various scenes (Guy Montag’s house, the fire station, the old woman’s house), characters within that book (Montag, Clarisse McClellan, Mildred Montag, Faber, etc.) and the things with which they interact (books, television screens, fire, medication). Then Glazer introduces new situations and characters, charging students to use the gamified book elements to create new narratives.


When the story’s elements are liberated from a linear text, students are able to apply their creativity and critical thinking skills to manipulate the story based on a deep understanding of the book. And, as with any game modification, students must understand the existing story thoroughly before they can start playing its elements."


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Gino Bondi's curator insight, October 28, 2015 4:40 PM

Great opportunity for Lit based PBL

Gert Nilsson's curator insight, October 30, 2015 9:13 AM

Intressant tanke att omvandla innehållet i en klassisk bok till ett spel där eleverna själv får skapa sina roller!!

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Here Is A Great Tool to Help Students with Their Reading and Writing Process ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here Is A Great Tool to Help Students with Their Reading and Writing Process ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

Notetaker is an excellent tool from ReadWriteThink that students can use in their writing and reading activities. This is basically a hierarchical outlining tool that enables learners to create detailed outlines made up of five levels. Using the integrated editing features, students can easily add main and sub sections to their outlines, move text boxes up and down, zoom in and out and many more. Additionally, Notetakerprovides three outline styles to choose from : bullet, Roman Numeral, and Letter. Students can choose the style they want to use and start working on their outlines.

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LOVE the ReadWriteThink tools. Also good for content areas.

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Science Notebooking: ISTE Idea #4 - Text to Table (and Wordle)

Science Notebooking: ISTE Idea #4 - Text to Table (and Wordle) | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

It is a feature in Word which is called Text-to-Table and it allows students, after typing their draft copy of a writing piece, to look at their document (for revision purposes) in a different way - by changing their paragraphs into single rows of text in a table.

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WeAreTeachers: Teaching the Photo Essay

WeAreTeachers: Teaching the Photo Essay | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
The photo essay can be a great way to encourage your reluctant teen writers. And they'll have a reason to use their phones—which, of course, cheers them up! 

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Must Know Strategies for Successful Reading for ESL Students

Must Know Strategies for Successful Reading for ESL Students | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
If you are teaching beginning ESL students, it’s important to teach them but also to encourage them on their English learning journey. It is easy for new learners to become discouraged

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 2, 2015 10:31 AM

Some useful tips.

Audrey Donovan's curator insight, September 11, 6:47 PM

Inquiry session 1: universal design

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Digital Textbook | Jim Burke

Digital Textbook | Jim Burke | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

I created The Digital Textbook as an alternative to traditional printed textbooks. The Digital Textbook serves another important role: it provides a context for weekly reading and writing instruction, giving teachers the means to develop students’ “textual intelligence” by showing them how to read or write about images, websites, infographics, mixed media texts, or more traditional forms which are also included here. Enjoy!

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Wow. Valuable resource!

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Voice | Picture Books to Teach Voice

Voice | Picture Books to Teach Voice | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

Once your students understand what voice is, help them tap into it within their own writing. Read aloud picture books that would demonstrate different types of voice and then try these follow-up lessons or writing experiments to hone skills.

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LOVE the "Awwww..." contest for older students. Great idea!

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Signposts: Text Features for Deeper Understanding

Traditionally we teach students about text features such as the importance of titles, characters’ names, setting, and the opening lines. In the book Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading, Kylene Beers and Robert E Probst identify additional text features,signposts, that help students read literary texts with deeper understanding. These signposts represent what students are to do as they read, notice something in the text and then stop to note what it might mean. As students learn to notice these signposts there is an increase in their use of comprehension processes: visualizing, predicting, summarizing, clarifying, questioning, inferring, and making connections.

 
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Oral Fluency Assessment Calculator for Grades 3-5 | Scholastic.com

Oral Fluency Assessment Calculator for Grades 3-5 | Scholastic.com | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Use the Oral Fluency Assessment Calculator when you administer tests with your students. Oral Fluency Assessment is an accurate and easy way to predict comprehension ability, determine reading...
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Workshop Structure - Differentiation Made Easy: Teaching with a Workshop Approach

Workshop Structure - Differentiation Made Easy: Teaching with a Workshop Approach | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

To begin your workshop time, I start off with a minilesson.  This is a short lesson that focuses on a reading, writing or mathematics strategy.  We show students how we use the strategy in our writing, reading or math problem solving.  We should keep in mind the age of our students, and keep the lessons short and sweet.  In a fifth grade classroom, I keep my lessons to around 10 minutes.  During my minilessons, I have the students do a turn and talk with a partner.  Also, I have the students meet in a particular place in the classroom rather than having them sit at their desks.  For reading workshop I'll usually teach 2 minilessons, whereas in writing I'll teach one minilesson.

 
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"Workshop" "Cafe" "Daily 5" These are all similar. This blog post describes well the process for older students.

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Writer's Workshop - Differentiation Made Easy:Teaching with a Workshop Approach

Writer's Workshop - Differentiation Made Easy:Teaching with a Workshop Approach | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
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Crosses over nicely with the Daily 5 CAFE.

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Creative writing prompts that you can do in 10 minutes

Creative writing prompts that you can do in 10 minutes | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
What can you write in 10 minutes or less? Let's find out! For a quick creative writing exercise, try one of the 21 writing prompts below, excerpted from Chronicle Books' 642 Tiny Things to Write Ab...
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7 Fantastic Websites for Students to Read Thousands of Books For Free - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

7 Fantastic Websites for Students to Read Thousands of Books For Free - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
List of 7 amazing websites where you can easily get eBooks and that too free of cost.

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So What Do You Really Mean By 'Instructional Designer'?

So What Do You Really Mean By 'Instructional Designer'? | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
At Arizona State University (ASU), we have a community of about 40 staff members who have the words "Instructional Design" or "Instructional Designer" in their titles. Every few months we get together as a group and talk about the latest trends at ASU and throughout higher education.


One se

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Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, October 16, 2015 6:15 AM

Excellent illustration

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 18, 2015 6:28 PM

#Curriculum #Pedagogy

Donna Farren's curator insight, October 19, 2015 9:34 AM

Great way to share with a campus what you do!

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12 Great Free Keyboarding Games to Teach Kids Typing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

12 Great Free Keyboarding Games to Teach Kids Typing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

Over the last few weeks I received a couple of emails asking for web games to help  kids learn touch typing. I went through my archive and did some extra researching and came up with the list below. Touch typing is typing without using the sense of sight to find the keys. A person possessing touch typing skills will know their location on the keyboard through muscle memory. It can improve any individual's typing speed and accuracy dramatically.

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Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students

Teachers Find Many Reasons to Use Picture Books with Middle and High School Students | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Picture books, say English language arts experts, provide excellent opportunities to teach higher-level skills while still providing an engaging experience for older students who might think they don’t like to read.
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Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’ Brains to Better Resist Distraction?

Could Bilingual Education Mold Kids’ Brains to Better Resist Distraction? | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Studies show learning another language helps people develop cognitive advantages that improve attention.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 2, 2015 8:07 AM

Interesting reading.

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The Purdue OWL: General Writing

The Purdue OWL: General Writing | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

The (Writing Process) OWL resources will help you with the writing process: pre-writing (invention), developing research questions and outlines, composing thesis statements, and proofreading. While the writing process may be different for each person and for each particular assignment, the resources contained in this section follow the general work flow of pre-writing, organizing, and revising. For resources and examples on specific types of writing assignments, please go to our Common Writing Assignments area...The (Mechanics) OWL resources will help you with sentence level organization and style. This area includes resources on writing issues, such as active and passive voice, parallel sentence structure, parts of speech, and transitions.


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There are also sections on Grammar, Punctuation, Visual Rhetoric...

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Compare the book to its movie version

Compare the book to its movie version | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

While most of us may be guilty of showing students an entire movie version after we've finished a book, let’s consider a more powerful option for using this multi-modal text. Instead, provide students the same opportunity to make text-to-text comparisons by revealing movie clips while reading the original text.

Rather than waiting until you’ve read the entire printed text, look to integrate book-to-movie comparisons throughout the literature unit. Occasionally, plan to pause in the reading and watch a movie clip of the same excerpt. Perhaps the movie version contradicts the information revealed in the chapter. Or, maybe you want to analyze how the movie director captured the author’s descriptive language in that passage. Or maybe you want to point out what’s been omitted from the scene in the movie and whether that’s vital or inconsequential.

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Story Signposts - Elizabeth Spann Craig

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Six story signposts that invite closer inspection by readers and what they might mean for writers.
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A different view of the signpost reading strategy.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Last week at the Riding the Wave conference in Gimli, Manitoba someone asked me for suggestions on sites that her students could access to find story prompts. StoryToolz.com was the first thing that came to my mind then. I also suggested Make Beliefs Comix. Those are two of the ten options that are included in my slideshow of suggestions embedded below.

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Getting Started with Literature and Project-Based Learning

Getting Started with Literature and Project-Based Learning | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
OK, it’s time to stop testing the water with a toe and jump with both feet into project based learning.

Grade 10 have today made the leap with me. A leap of faith? I hope not. Let’s hope it’s more of a giant leap forward.

But enough with the metaphors. Just as I require Grade 10 to document the process, I will do the same. I have been exploring project based learning for a while and have put it into practise in a small way. Now is the time to see how it really works, whilst addressing required learning outcomes and assessing the students effectively in order to write their reports at the end of the semester.
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Reader's Workshop - Differentiation Made Easy: Teaching with a Workshop Approach

Reader's Workshop - Differentiation Made Easy: Teaching with a Workshop Approach | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

In my classroom I use the 2 Sisters CAFE board to teach the various reading strategies to my students during minilessons for the whole group.  The C stands for Comprehension, A for Accuracy, F for Fluency and E for Expanding Vocabulary.  These are the main areas that good readers need to be strong in.  Each student has a reading goal and strategy that they are working on when I confer with them.  An example might be, the student's goal is Comprehension with the Strategy of "back up and reread".  After a minilesson, I'll select a student to make a card to put on the CAFE board.  So, the workshop structure still holds true: minilesson, conferencing/small group instruction while students work independently, and meet together for another minilesson or to share.

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