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Analyze Literature Critically Using the SIFT Method

Analyze Literature Critically Using the SIFT Method | Literacy | Scoop.it
“ Learn about the SIFT Method of analyzing literature. Middle School English teachers have found this a valuable tool to help students analyze literature and poems. SIFT stands for Symbolism, Imagery, Figurative Language, Tone and Theme.”
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Examples of Static VS Dynamic Characters

Examples of Static VS Dynamic Characters | Literacy | Scoop.it
Understand flat vs round characters. A long list of famous fictional flat and round characters, for students and comic book and fiction writers.

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Chanelle Savich's curator insight, November 17, 2013 4:04 PM

Take a look at this great list of characters put together by Tim Van De Vall.

OK, on the blog he calls them "flat/round" characters, but in English-Teacher-Speak he's describing static/dynamic characters. (Flat/round in ETS refers to the characters being developed or not by the author -- FLAT: those who exisit in the story to do one thing: push the main characters forward, vs. ROUND: those main characters who move, change, and "have a life" in the story.)

  

He's describing those main characters who are always who they were at the start vs. those main characters who grow or become better or worse throughout the story.

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Why You Should Share Your Ideas

Why You Should Share Your Ideas | Literacy | Scoop.it
I was chatting with a friend the other day about how the business she now runs got started.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, March 1, 2014 10:06 AM

This is a fantastic info graphic to use for Socratic Seminar. Students will better understand the benefits of sharing their ideas in a safe group and how their ideas can become even better through dialogue.

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What Students Can Do When the Reading Gets Rough: Student Research Center - powered by EBSCOhost

What Students Can Do When the Reading Gets Rough: Student Research Center - powered by EBSCOhost | Literacy | Scoop.it
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The 5 Metrics You Need to Know to Give a Great Presentation

The 5 Metrics You Need to Know to Give a Great Presentation | Literacy | Scoop.it
Noah Zandan is the co-founder and CEO of Quantified Impressions , the leading global provid...

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Jacqueline's curator insight, March 6, 2014 7:47 AM

refer to when planning presentation

 

Bouchut's curator insight, March 7, 2014 5:45 AM

Les 5 points clés d'une présentation multimédia interactive réussie

PCGS_rEDUcation's curator insight, March 22, 2014 5:07 AM

Tremendamente claras.

Quizá algo más difíciles de seguir.

Pero por qué no...

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Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: Professional Resources

Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: Professional Resources | Literacy | Scoop.it
Concluding her three-part series about supporting preservice ELA teachers with videos, guest blogger Dr.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, March 11, 2014 11:32 AM

Great resources about close reading. A lot of teachers still don't know how to define close reading, so learning more about it is crucial moving forward with the Common Core.

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Reading and Writing Project Workshop – Episode 2 | OPEN, The ...

Reading and Writing Project Workshop – Episode 2 | OPEN, The ... | Literacy | Scoop.it
Reading and Writing Project Workshop – Episode 1. In September 2011, Lucy Calkins, founder and Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, held a workshop at Avenues on methods of teaching reading ...
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English news and easy articles for students of English

English news and easy articles for students of English | Literacy | Scoop.it
We write news in three different levels of English. We want to help you understand English more. Now all students can enjoy reading and listening to news.

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BookChook's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:41 PM

Excellent current affairs articles for ESL or struggling readers. 

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Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominations | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Read up on the titles nominated for this year's Best Fiction for Young Adults list from YALSA...

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Kid And Parent Friendly Common Core Standards For Middle School and High School ELA

Kid And Parent Friendly Common Core Standards For Middle School and High School ELA | Literacy | Scoop.it

Middle School and High School Kid-Friendly Printable Common Core Standards. Great for parents too!


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What Close Reading Actually Means | Grant Wiggins

What Close Reading Actually Means | Grant Wiggins | Literacy | Scoop.it
What Close Reading Actually Means

 

Thus, what “close reading” really means in practice is disciplined re-reading of inherently complex and worthy texts.

 

As Tim Shanahan puts it in his helpful blog entry, “Because challenging texts do not give up their meanings easily, it is essential that readers re-read such texts,” while noting that “not all texts are worth close reading.”


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Charles Fischer's curator insight, May 20, 2013 2:55 AM

Close reading can be done very successfully through Socratic Seminar. The key is to have complex texts, interpretive questions and then unrelenting follow-up questions to dig deeper.

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Scaffold Mindful Silent Reading | Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z | AdLit.org

Help students internalize and routinize their reading comprehension monitoring with this sample lesson.

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | Literacy | Scoop.it
“ Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.”
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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, June 12, 2013 12:09 AM

Good article to share with your teachers who are looking to improve student research skills to meet standards.

Maria Persson's comment, June 17, 2013 11:00 PM
If this happens in the early years of learning it will not be such an issue at the tertiary level where plagiarism is still a real problem!
Maria Persson's curator insight, June 17, 2013 11:07 PM

A number of great points that are both practical and theoritical in terms of how to assist students' understanding of digital literacy skills, preparing them for the future, increasing their understanding of what the future might bring! 

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12 Things I Want To Hear My Students Say

12 Things I Want To Hear My Students Say | Literacy | Scoop.it
What Teachers Want To Hear: 12 Examples by Terry Heick “Ohhh, now I get it.” The iconic phrase that teachers value hearing. A sign that you’ve moved a student from not understanding to understanding. Into the light....

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, April 22, 2014 9:02 PM

Awesome list of exactly what I would like to hear my students say as well. I would love to hear #1 a lot more!

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Nancy Duarte: How to Create Better Visual Presentations

Nancy Duarte explains how to create better visual presentations so you can communicate your ideas with efficiency, clarity and impact. She is CEO of Silicon ...

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Mike Donahue's curator insight, March 19, 2014 7:59 AM

Nancy Duarte offers some simple ideas for making a more effective slideshow to enhance your presentation.

Lon Naylor's curator insight, March 19, 2014 9:28 AM

I constantly see video "gurus" telling people to just insert all your script text into PowerPoint slides, read it aloud while recording, and...BAM!...instant video!

 

I've always contended that this is a questionable strategy at best for delivering a visual message. Here is one of the leading presentation experts on the planet explaining part of my contention.

Chris Carter's curator insight, March 19, 2014 10:27 PM

Words of wisdom, all in 3 minutes.

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The Four Levels of Readings Every Student should Know about

The Four Levels of Readings Every Student should Know about | Literacy | Scoop.it
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Reading is a search for meaning, and this meaning can be found only through intelligent and mindful reading. In their classic book " How to Read A Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent...

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The Landing: Strategies for Close Reading and Critical Reflection

The Landing: Strategies for Close Reading and Critical Reflection | Literacy | Scoop.it

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INFOhio Curriculum Toolbox's curator insight, December 16, 2013 12:13 PM

This wiki includes strategies for close reading, steps to follow, specific tips for different types of materials and links to more information.  A sample document showing close reading techniques is included.

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26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Conversation In The Classroom

26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Conversation In The Classroom | Literacy | Scoop.it
26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Discussion In The Classroom

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, March 12, 2014 8:49 AM

Great sentence stems for beginning learners. Understand these are prompts and there is an important difference between a prompted response and an unprompted response. Eventually, we would want to ween students off of these and move toward organic, respectful and engaging conversations. 

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Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts - ReadWriteThink

Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts - ReadWriteThink | Literacy | Scoop.it

A great acronym and a great way to help our middle school students use text support structures when navigating nonfiction!  Students become "thieves" in this lesson as they use a previewing strategy to "steal" information from textbooks and other nonfiction texts before actually reading them.


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Lesson Plan: Teaching Imagery to High School and Middle School Students

Lesson Plan: Teaching Imagery to High School and Middle School Students | Literacy | Scoop.it
Lessons teaching imagery too often rely on laziness, calling upon writers to dilute meaning through the use of adjectives and adverbs. Teaching imagery should involve more creative figurative language and less boring adjectives and adverbs.

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Lindsay Doss's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:26 PM

Good for teaching imagery

Anna Singer's curator insight, January 22, 1:27 PM
Writing ideas to engage the reader.
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App Store - YALSA’s Teen Book Finder

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about YALSA’s Teen Book Finder on the App Store. Download YALSA’s Teen Book Finder and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Knowble Articles

Knowble Articles | Literacy | Scoop.it
Improve your English skills. Sign up for free and start reading news articles at your proficiency level!

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Ana Sclerandi's comment, May 24, 2013 1:57 PM
I'll try it out again, Nik, and get back. Maybe I did something wrong. Thanks for your feedback.
Stewart Whitney's comment, May 24, 2013 5:02 PM
It'll get better. These things usually do. On another note, I just made the best cup of coffee!
Remy Lamers's comment, June 6, 2013 9:25 AM
I'm Remy and I work at the company that invented and developed Knowble. We think it's great that so many of you appreciate Knowble and making the effort to give feedback.

To date we haven't found a proper method to make phrasal verbs work properly. We do consider adding phrasal verbs, but the sheer endless combinations of verbs, context and meaning make this a very though nut to crack. Also; Knowble is designed as a supplementary learners aid instead of an alternative language course. That's why we focus on what Knowble does best; improving vocabulary by reading news articles.

This free version of Knowble offers a rudimentary pre-test. We have developed specific versions with better pre-tests for our clients, such as publishers. These versions also include target word lists, specific resources and translations from dictionaries (instead of Google translation used in the free version). In the paid version of Knowble teachers can also view the progress of individual students.

Still, we hope that our free version of Knowble will continue to help people improve their English in a pleasant way.

Keep your feedback coming!
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Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing

Reading strategies: Differences between summarizing and synthesizing | Literacy | Scoop.it
In today's post I'm sharing information I gave to my students about the differences between summarizing and synthesizing information in terms of reading strategies and research.

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Examples of Imagery

When writing poetry it becomes increasingly necessary to seek out solid examples of imagery. The following examples of imagery can help you learn how to use this literary tool.

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Wesley Kinsey's curator insight, September 15, 2014 10:15 AM

Great article for use in interactive notebook.