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Common Core & Ed Tech: The Literacy Shed - Visual Resources for Writing Lessons

Common Core & Ed Tech: The Literacy Shed - Visual Resources for Writing Lessons | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
Classroom educational technology for common core (RT @ccedtech: The Literacy Shed - Visual Resources for Writing! Powerful resource!
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Close Reading + Visual Literacy=Pathways for Understanding

Close Reading + Visual Literacy=Pathways for Understanding | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Katie Cunningham, from Manhattanville College, discusses how to incorporate visual close reading in a curriculum.

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Collaboration is Key to Improving Literacy: Study from NCLE

Collaboration is Key to Improving Literacy: Study from NCLE | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it

"77% of school leaders and educators across subject areas agreed with the statement that “developing student literacy is one of the most important parts of my job.”


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Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History

Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
I'm an evangelist.

A book evangelist, that is. I hand out books to students and colleagues, booktalking them in class, at lunch, and even in my email signature. I want my students to read widely and

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:43 PM

What would happen if you asked your students' to reflect on their reading history...and then have them create an infographic that helps them dig a bit deeper and share what they have learned? According to this teacher the finished product is pretty amazing!

She began with an article from the NYTimes "What's Your Reading History? Reflecting on the Self as Reader". Then she had students explore infographics and critique them as a group. The students then explored a number of websites that allow you to create infographics (and links are provided to them) and students chose one to work with. The post provides links to a number of infographics made by the students.

And the link to the article at the NYTimes is http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/whats-your-reading-history-reflecting-on-the-self-as-reader/?_r=0.

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Information Literacy Song Lead Sheets - Patheos (blog)

Information Literacy Song Lead Sheets - Patheos (blog) | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
Information Literacy Song Lead Sheets
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I had a request for lead sheets (lyrics and chords) for the three information literacy songs I shared here recently.
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Republicans in NC Step Up Their War Against Public Education

Republicans in NC Step Up Their War Against Public Education | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
Far-right Governor Pat McCrory has brought in an aggressive leader for his strategy to privatize public education and dismantle the teaching profession. That is Eric Guckian, the governor's tip adv...
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Literacy Privilege: How I Learned to Check Mine Instead of Making Fun of People's Grammar on the Internet

Literacy Privilege: How I Learned to Check Mine Instead of Making Fun of People's Grammar on the Internet | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
My name is Chandra, and I am a recovering grammar snob. There was a time that it gave me a blush of pride to be referred to as "the Spelling Sergeant" or "the Punctuation Police". I would gleefully...
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My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books - Lifehacker

My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books - Lifehacker | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
My girlfriend says I have a thing for books. I probably spend more money on books than any other expense, aside from food. Walking into a bookstore with a good selection makes me want to rent a truck and haul their entire ...
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Close Reading | EngageNY

Close Reading | EngageNY | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it

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Some excellent unit plans for teaching Close Reading in grades 6-12.  Follows Common Core standards, but also helpful to those of us in VIrginia.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 19, 2013 9:14 PM

There are some excellent resources for explaining and reviewing close reading.  I'm not a fan of worksheets, but these materials may help teachers develop their own approach to close reading.

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Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre

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Here are three essential books you should read in every major genre.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:10 PM

I remember being shocked when I discovered that the authors of published articles do not often get to title their articles. The reason being that unlike titling books, articles that are published in newspapers, magazines, and often online must live within layout restraints. 

 

Tradition has it that the best titles are as close to the same length as the line space in which it sits. One line titles with only a word or two and lots of white space on the right end of the line look like empty space as opposed to the much desired white space. This is particularly important when the layout  has the article text in multiple columns and the headline doesn't reach across the columns.

 

Okay that was a digression intended as a set up for my problem with this article's headline. The good news is that it demonstrates the desire to "fill the space." However, it does not accurately reflect the important point being made in the article and thereby implies something that happens to annoy me a bit.

 

The author does not say that he considers some books to be essential books for the article's readers. In fact, his very first sentence says that the list is subjective. And, his second sentence says that they happen to be the books he mentions because they were important to HIM. He even goes on to suggest that he doesn't address "Every Major Genre" in spite of what the headline says, pointing out that he has no listing for "Romance" writing because personally it isn't an important genre for him. He even ends the article by making the point that even though it's a personal list of HIS FAVORITES, his thesis is not that they are essential for everyone, but rather for an audience of people who happen to write in any of the genres he does include.

 

Okay. So what bothers me besides the misleading headline? The use of the word "essential." That's what bothers me.

 

The term reeks of the long held belief that the only literature of any merit worthy of being in the curriculum was that of "dead white guys."

 

That's sort of like refusing to think outside the small, hertetically sealed box.

 

There are many paths to gaining the benefits of literary reading. Shakespeare may or may not be essential for all. For many Neruda might serve a very similar purpose.

 

How many adults have become truly great thinkers without ever having read a single word of Shakespeare? And, conversely, hom many adults have become truly great thinkers specifically because they had encountered the wisdom of Shakespeare?

 

In the real world, it is often not a simplistic either / or situation. There can be many right answers and many right answers that are not right for everyone.

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

 

 

 

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Indicators of adult information literacy | Catts | Journal of Information Literacy

Indicators of adult information literacy

 

This paper reports on an investigation aimed at determining whether indicators of information literacy could be identified by secondary analysis of existing data collected in other household surveys. It was concluded that information literacy has unique elements that are not encompassed in the surveys that were examined.


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CristinaSkyBox: The Relevance of Reading Skills

CristinaSkyBox: The Relevance of Reading Skills | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it

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20 Online Resources for Free E-Books - Lifehack

20 Online Resources for Free E-Books - Lifehack | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
If you're a voracious bibliophile looking for new material and you have an e-reader, check out these links where you can download free e-books.
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Energize your child with reading - The News Journal

Energize your child with reading - The News Journal | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
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Energize your child with reading
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While reading through a variety of sources early on – books, websites, newspapers – gives your child a jump start on her education, school is not the only reason to enjoy reading.
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ASCD Express 8.19 - Reading Like a Leader

ASCD Express 8.19 - Reading Like a Leader | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, July 7, 2013 10:38 PM

Great Idea for Professional Development! Teacher as the student.

ratzelster's curator insight, July 21, 2013 10:57 AM

Super simple.   Easy to understand.  This may be one of the best articles I've read on this concept.....there's been so much fuss and it's really only 3 simple steps.

lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:29 PM

Strategies principals use to evaluate teachers by annotating, analyzing and reflecting. 

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UDL-Multiple Modes of Engagement

UDL-Multiple Modes of Engagement | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:25 PM

Google Lit Trips gets a shout out from Johns Hopkins School of Education!

 

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UDL-Multiple Modes of Engagement

Universal design principles address how individuals are engaged in learning by encouraging educators design lessons that are active and engaging. his can be accomplished instructionally by engaging learners by using flexible modes of representation as well as through authentic and meaningful problem and project-based learning experiences.

Authentic Learning: experiences that best enable learners to be engaged with their learning by making learning meaningful to the life of the student and connected to real life events


Google Lit Trips: (http://www.googlelittrips.org/)

Integrate Google Earth with Electronic Field Trips to take students around the world in authentic and meaningful ways."

 

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

 

Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, June 23, 2013 1:43 AM

Google could be a good resource for children everywhere but especially those with limited or no access for field trips.

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Bedtime reading a common, but not daily, activity in US families, says new survey - OregonLive.com

Bedtime reading a common, but not daily, activity in US families, says new survey - OregonLive.com | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
Bedtime reading a common, but not daily, activity in US families, says new survey
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3 Tools to Help You Discover and Share Great Content | Social Media Examiner

3 Tools to Help You Discover and Share Great Content | Social Media Examiner | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
Content curation: tools to help you find and share great content from other people alongside your own content.
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Presentation Apps: A New Take on an Old Task - Lindsey Fuller | Reading Today Online

Presentation Apps: A New Take on an Old Task - Lindsey Fuller | Reading Today Online | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it

"For my recent Engage post, I asked my students to review apps we had used to create presentations in our classroom. The apps included a variety of tools for making traditional slide show displays. But the beauty of the devices we are using in our classroom is that we can go so much further, and break past those conventional boundaries.

With that in mind, I would like to share some of the apps my students utilized in creating presentations that were of the less traditional variety. "


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Jennifer Fenton 's curator insight, June 20, 2013 8:20 PM

A good overview ~ critiqued by students.

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A Developmental View of Information Literacy

A Developmental View of Information Literacy | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
How do students become information literate? That's a question I have asked myself many times. I'm particularly interested in the relationship between cognitive development and information literacy...
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20 Summer Reading Picks

20 Summer Reading Picks | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it

"How does summer reading work in your school? Do you assign specific books or do you provide a list for students to choose from? Do you stick with the same titles year after year or do you shake things up? As you get ready to write your summer reading lists, check out our tips for creating the perfect list. Then explore this special edition of the WAT Book Club, in which we've chosen 20 brand-new books that are just right for summer reading. There are recommendations for every grade level, so print out this page and share it with students, families and colleagues!"


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Reading Like a Historian: Contextualization

Reading Like a Historian: Contextualization | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it

Teaching students to contextualize, or understand the things happening around certain historical events allows them to gain a deeper knowledge of lessons.


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, June 16, 2013 8:46 AM

The Common Core recognizes the extensive nature of the word "text." For each discipline, the word remakes an image in the disciplinarian's mind: for a musician, the text is comprised of notes on the page or the lilting tune in the air; for the artist, the text is canvas and artist; for social scientists, the text is not only the documents but the artifacts, the context and content of events and ideas.

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Shocking Confessions of a Recovering Book Snob

Shocking Confessions of a Recovering Book Snob | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
I have a shameful secret: I used to be really snotty about books. My reading rules have remained astonishingly the same over the years (though embracing er

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:24 PM

Ah! Let the introspection begin!

 

What does your literary journey look like in retrospect?

 

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

Hadifah's curator insight, June 17, 2013 10:07 PM

ha!

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TeacherVision's Favorite Summer Reading Resources for Teachers (Grades K-12) - TeacherVision.com

TeacherVision's Favorite Summer Reading Resources for Teachers (Grades K-12) - TeacherVision.com | Reading and Literacy in Middle School | Scoop.it
Now that summer is here, your students may need more encouragement to keep up with independent reading. That's where our summer reading resources come in!

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Sarah Westaway's curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:47 PM

Great resource for lesson plans of varying subjects, including health and phys ed. Summer reading lists, fitness planning, prices of cigarettes and a variety of tools. 

Mara Ofengender's curator insight, June 27, 2013 12:17 PM

Use the summer to contimue reading and keep your skills sharp.