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What Kids Are Reading - 2013

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"Have you ever wondered why students choose the books that they do? Renaissance Learning explored this question in the fifth-edition What Kids Are Reading report, which lists the top 40 books read by students in grades 1-12 in the 2011-2012 school year. Rankings are based on the Accelerated Reader database, the largest of its kind, which houses reading records for students who read 283 million books."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 11, 2013 10:29 PM

This post links to a page that will provide you access to the full report, the infographic (part of which is above), and a report summary. The full report also includes:
* Required high school reading from 1907 to 2012

* Caldecott and Newbury winners from 1922 to present

* A selection of the Common Core State Standards exemplars

There have been many shifts in reading over the last 100 years, and one shift is that the complexity of required reading has decreased. To learn more check any of the resources found through this link. If you prefer an oral version from NPR you can listen to (or read) a short piece aired on June 11th, 2013 called "What Kids are Reading, In School and Out" at http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/06/11/190669029/what-kids-are-reading-in-school-and-out.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, June 12, 2013 9:40 AM
Looks fascinating. Thanks.
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NoodleTools : Show Me Information Literacy Modules

NoodleTools : Show Me Information Literacy Modules | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

"NoodleTools has created easy to use modules for the classroom and home.

Use a Show Me© module to enhance your teaching and guide students in information evaluation. What constitutes credible information? How does source type contribute to relevance, authority and point-of-view? How do I evaluate and cite born-digital images and online sources? All modules incorporate common core concepts."


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Maria Persson's comment, June 12, 2013 11:35 PM
I cannot believe what a brilliant resource this is to aid the learning of students at so many levels! I am very grateful that even the free version is useful. Wish I could afford the full version!
Maria Persson's curator insight, June 12, 2013 11:38 PM

Absolute must resource if you think teaching our students about academic integrity is important - espcially in the wake of the tsunami of information that we are experiencing!  Thanks again Joy Rosario.

Jenna Quarelli-Buck's comment, July 5, 2013 3:02 PM
Fantastic resource!
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Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research

Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

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Anita Vance's curator insight, May 30, 2013 9:54 AM

a visual aid - helpful for upper grades, or as a tutorial.  Any way we can help with examining a topic and planning the search is appreciated.

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:29 PM

Look at this from the POV of when and how you will teach research skills. Students need consistent requirements for excellence and accountability.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:49 AM

a great tool to teach your students how to research

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Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Nonverbal Texts

Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Nonverbal Texts | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Standard 9 of the Common Core State Standards underscores the importance of students reading and writing about complex literary and informational texts, skills critical for "college and career readin
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Critical thinking and analytical thinking are not the same thing!

Critical thinking and analytical thinking are not the same thing! | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Critical thinking and analytical thinking are not the same thing. To clarify the difference between these words, let's look at their etymology (word origins). According to the dictionary, "analyze" means to break apart into essential elements. The opposite of analyze is synthesize, or put together. "Criticize" means to evaluate or make a judgment regarding the merits or faults. The opposite of criticize in one sense would be praise, or in another sense absence of judgment. Simply looking at the two definitions, it is glaringly obvious that two different skill sets are required. So why are they often lumped together? The dictionary definition of this answer would be a stupor of thought, or the condition of not thinking.


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Charles Fischer's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:04 AM

There are many types of thinking! It's extremely important to first recognize a variety, whether through Multiple Intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy or another lens. Then students need opportunities to practice, practice, practice.

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Create An Interactive, Label-Based Image Quiz!

Create An Interactive, Label-Based Image Quiz! | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for sharing this resource! ImageQuiz is a fantastic new website that lets users create image-based quizzes with ease. Just upload your image, choose a title, and begin tagg...

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:44 AM

Upsss! Another digital toy. Seems to be use useful for proactive techno-teachers

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Create An Interactive, Label-Based Image Quiz!

Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 11, 2015 7:29 AM

This is one of the coolest resources. I already have a project that I want to use it with that I will be #teaching . So many #teachers and #speakers will love this.

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Should Common Assessments Use Computers to Score Writing?

Should Common Assessments Use Computers to Score Writing? | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
The two federally funded groups designing tests for the common standards are awaiting feedback from pilot and field testing before making the decision.

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Is Grammar Worth Teaching?

Is Grammar Worth Teaching? | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Walt Gardner taught for 28 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District and was a lecturer in the UCLA Graduate School of Education. Follow Walt Gardner on Twitter.

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Ann Kenady's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:59 PM

I don't think it's asking too much that students be able to write "a clear 5-sentence memo devoid of grammatical and spelling errors." Maybe we can continue to nudge the bar back up to where it should be.

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Five ways to get kids to want to read and write

Five ways to get kids to want to read and write | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Here's a book excerpt from veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo's new book on how to get students to warn to learn.

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Some really interesting points in this link about not leveling text....check out...also interesting ideas for writing with evidence

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Apps in Education: English Apps for Middle School

Apps in Education: English Apps for Middle School | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

"English is one of the major components of the curriculum. For any 1:1 iPad program to be really successful appropriate apps need to be sourced that will not only meet curriculum outcomes but also address the learning needs of your students. The following is a list of apps that have been researched and evaluated specifically for use in the Middle School English course. This extensive list was compiled by @ShireenRichards."


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Check Lists, Cheat Sheets, and Rubrics for Common Core

Check Lists, Cheat Sheets, and Rubrics for Common Core | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

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How to Do a Close Reading

Step by step instructions on how to read for meaning using Robert Newton's 'Runner' as an example. With thanks to Lisa McNeice.

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Michael Stapleton's curator insight, March 24, 2013 9:53 PM

Step by step instructions on how to read for meaning using Robert Newton's 'Runner' as an example. With thanks to Lisa McNeice.

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Thesis Builder - The Original Persuasive Essay Maker

Thesis Builder - The Original Persuasive Essay Maker | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, February 23, 2013 7:20 PM

Great way to set foundational skills!

Principal dd's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:23 AM

A great way to get students who struggle with getting 'pen / pencil' onto their paper ... let them get a start on their HHDD (hand held digital device). 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:22 PM

Another brilliant idea by Tom March

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Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills

Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

"Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to discuss individually each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified by Tony Wagner. This post focuses on grit."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 1, 2013 9:15 PM

Are you interested in learning more about how grit is a 21st century skill? Jackie Gerstein provides an in-depth look at grit in this post. You will find an image with a great definition, a TED Talk by Angela Duckworth on grit, as well as a link to a quiz that allows you to measure your grit level compared to others, and a list of some of the "characteristics or dispositions of Grit."

Perhaps you are asking yourself how can I work grit into my classroom? 

For example, project based learing, or having students work on independent study projects (think passion-driven) provide opportunities for students to use some of the dispositions discussed, such as tenacity, self-control, self-discipling and long-term goal oriented. 

As always, there is a robust list of additional resources.

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CCSS writing: "How will students handle the rigor?"

CCSS writing: "How will students handle the rigor?" | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

Computer adaptive tests produced by Smarter Balance will test students in four categories for English Language Arts. They will be expected to demonstrate mastery on reading, writing, and speaking/listening and research/inquiry tasks.


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GR 8 SAMPLE WRITING PROMPT


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"How To Do Research" Game

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"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...

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We should adapt this awesome organizer...

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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 24, 2014 12:37 PM

A Game for the children :)

Lotte Schacht's curator insight, September 14, 2014 7:09 AM

Great stuff.

larcher's curator insight, October 19, 2014 11:07 AM

ajouter votre point de vue ...

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What Close Reading Actually Means | Grant Wiggins

What Close Reading Actually Means | Grant Wiggins | Middle  School  English and Reading | 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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Powerful (PowerPoint) Presentations: Simply Stated

An effort to eliminate "death by PowerPoint."

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I definitely want to use this for students before our research project presentations...

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bancoideas's curator insight, April 12, 2013 8:59 AM

No te pierdas este video con ideas para mejorar tus presentaciones #PowerfulPresentations

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Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy

Common Core & Close Reading: An Outcome not a Reading Strategy | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Seems like everywhere I go, educators are asking "What is this 'close reading' thing and how do I teach it?" The buzz on close reading has become so great that many think close reading is simply an...

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 8, 2013 3:22 PM

I love this point from Dr. Dea:  Therefore, I suggest two types of close reading for such [scrupulously written] documents: one that values the rhetorical or literary nature of the text–art and a second that explores the relationship of the art within the frame–the disciplinary context.

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3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary -

3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary - | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
3 Digital Tools For Common Core Academic Vocabulary by Susan Oxnevad first appeared on gettingsmart.com  The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards…...

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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, April 1, 2013 5:01 PM

Develop your students' word habits with these three apps. 

Sayles Yourhistoryteacher's curator insight, July 30, 2014 2:28 PM

Technology and vocabulary building... c'mon what are we waiting for...

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Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

AwesomeStories is a gathering place of primary-source information. Its purpose - since the site was first launched in 1999 - is to help educators and individuals find original sources, located at national archives, libraries, universities, museums, historical societies and government-created web sites.

Sources held in archives, which document so much important first-hand information, are often not searchable by popular search engines. One needs to search within those institutional sites directly, using specific search phrases not readily discernible to non-scholars. The experience can be frustrating, resulting in researchers leaving key sites without finding needed information.

AwesomeStories is about primary sources. The stories exist as a way to place original materials in context and to hold those links together in an interesting, cohesive way (thereby encouraging people to look at them). It is a totally different kind of web site in that its purpose is to place primary sources at the forefront - not the opinions of a writer. Its objective is to take the site's users to places where those primary sources are located. 


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:23 PM

Excellent digital resource when teaching with CCSS, particularly in science and social studies!

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Technology-Rich Learning: New Literacies and the Common Core

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 28, 2013 5:11 AM

Examples of lessons for teaching digital literacy. 

Helen Teague's curator insight, March 29, 2013 10:35 AM

useful for adult education as well....especially with the new GED arriving soon

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10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds

10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

"Good assessment is frequent assessment.

 

Any assessment is designed to provide a snapshot of student understand—the more snapshots, the more complete the full picture of knowledge.

 

On its best day, an assessment will be 100% effective, telling you exactly what a student understands. More commonly, the return will be significantly lower as the wording of questions, the student’s sense of self-efficacy, or other factors diminish their assessment performance. It sounds obvious, but a student is a human being with an entire universe of personal problems, distraction, and related challenges in recalling the information in the form the assessment demands.

 

This makes a strong argument for frequent assessment, as it can be too easy to over-react and “remediate” students who may be banging against the limits of the assessment’s design rather than their own understanding. Rather than re-teaching, sometimes all that is necessary is re-measuring."


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Close reading is and outcome, not a technique

Close reading is and outcome, not a technique | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

By Tim Shanahan

 

"The trick is to scaffold the readings and re-readings sufficiently to allow these students to participate successfully—they have to do the reading and thinking, you can’t do it for them."


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Les Howard's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:33 AM

Shanahan makes point that Close Reading is not a technique, rather it is an outcome. I believe that the Four Resources Model (Luke & Freebody) http://www.learningplace.com.au/deliver/content.asp?pid=17768 is a useful lens to develop Close Reading of texts.

Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, March 19, 2013 2:10 PM

More on close reading and how it works for all readers, and what you can do for struggling readers.

Brook Grove Meiller's curator insight, March 21, 2013 8:18 AM

Dr. Shanahan will be in OK on Tuesday.