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Digital Tools for Pairing Literary and Informational Texts and Close Reading Skills

Digital Tools for Pairing Literary and Informational Texts and Close Reading Skills | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Final Post in Series Looking at Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty

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Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb

Close Reading Resources: The What, Why and How | MiddleWeb | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Educators are responding to the close reading mandate with strategies that help students better understand complex texts. Our resource roundup has the links.

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Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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Loads of resources here to share with teachers!

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The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it

The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

As it happens, I value deep reading – and so, perhaps, do you. And so, quite obviously, do all the youngish people I see everyday on London transport reading 700-page printed books such as the Game of Thrones series, 50 Shades of Grey or the new Donna Tartt. Stuart Jeffries has written persuasively about the popularity of such doorstops, as well as complex modern TV series. This might be a culture not of attention deficit but of "a wealth of attention focused more readily on the things that warrant it".


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 15, 4:06 AM

More on the debate about the changes in our reading habits.

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The revolution will NOT be in Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

The revolution will NOT be in Open Data | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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This article poses powerful questions about transparency intiatives and access to information:  "What many open data initiatives do not consider is what happens after people are able to access and internalise open data and information. How do people act once they know something? As Vanessa Herringshaw from the Transparency and Accountability Initiative said in the “Raising the Bar for ambition and quality in OGP” session, “We know what transparency should look like but things are a lot less clear on the accountability end of things”. There are a lot of unanswered questions. Do citizens have the agency to take action? Who holds power? What kind of action is appropriate or desirable? Who is listening? And if they are listening, do they care? - See more at: http://blog.okfn.org/2013/10/21/the-revolution-will-not-be-in-open-data/#sthash.Ns2da3cC.dpuf";

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Kids as Reading Helpers: A Peer Tutor Training Manual | Intervention Central

Kids as Reading Helpers: A Peer Tutor Training Manual | Intervention Central | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Perhaps the most pressing challenge that schools face is that of ensuring that all children become competent readers. Young children who experience problems in reading quickly fall behind their more skilled classmates in their ability to decode and comprehend text. This gap in reading skills can emerge as early as first grade-and, once present, tends to be quite stable over time (Stanovich, 1986). First-grade teachers can predict with some confidence, for example, that those children in their classrooms with significant reading deficits by the end of the school year will very likely have continuing difficulties in reading in the fourth grade.

While the long-term negative impact of poor readers can be enormous, the good news is that schools can train their own students to deliver effective tutoring in reading to younger peers. Kids as Reading Helpers: A Peer Tutor Training Manual is a complete package for training peer reading tutors. Peer tutoring answers the nagging problem of delivering effective reading support to the many struggling young readers in our schools. Furthermore, peer tutoring programs can improve the reading skills of tutors as well as tutees (Ehly, 1986) and - in some studies-have been shown to build tutor's social skills as well (Garcia-Vazquez & Ehly, 1995). Young children tend to find the opportunity to read aloud to an older peer tutor to be quite reinforcing, adding a motivational component to this intervention.

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4 Activities To Effectively Teach Vocabulary - Edudemic

4 Activities To Effectively Teach Vocabulary - Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards rely heavily on a solid way to teach vocabulary. Here are a handful of fun ways to make it fun and effective!

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39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students

39 Recommended Reading Comprehension Tools for Young Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
A collection of teacher-approved, teacher-recommended reading comprehension websites and mobile apps for K-2 students.

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Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions

Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys.

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This resource could drive a number of different kinds of activities and discussions, including groups for counselors.

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Great lesson opportunities here- critical thinking, intercultural understanding, consumerism and so much more...

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This resource could drive a number of different kinds of activities and discussions, including groups for counselors. Some of the pictures could also deliver emotional impacts for board presentations and presentations to teachers and community members. Puts things into perspective and directs us towards what really matters. 

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How to Organize Daily Literacy Instruction | Center for Development and Learning

By Tim Shanahan Twice this week—from a NY teacher and an Illinois school administrator—I’ve been asked how to organize instructional time for literacy with
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Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter

Evidence? Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"David Liben, who was involved in the creation of the Common Core and is now Senior Content Specialist at Student Achievement Partners, provides this simple explanation of evidence under the new standards: “It means asking children two questions:

‘What is your evidence?''How did you figure that out?’

 

The point is to ask students to answer not just based on their thoughts or opinions, but on evidence in the text.”


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How to Read a Poem- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

How to Read a Poem- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Reproduced in partnership with the Great Books Foundation.

Reading poetry well is part attitude and part technique. Curiosity is a useful attitude, especially when it’s free of preconceived ideas about what poetry is or should be.
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Less serious legal research – Slaw

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Why is it that legal texts turn off many eager readers? Sometimes this is due to their inherent complexity. No one can reasonably expect to obtain a simple overview of the Canadian tax system. It is complex and so are the rules that enforce it. Sometimes, legal information is made unnecessarily complex. One could think that plain language is heresy amongst authors of primary legal information. Even though court cases stand closest to common everyday communication, a trend becomes apparent that court opinions are getting longer and more complex. Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion. Evidently, contracts are among the less legible documents. 

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Although this page basically reviews Canadian law, it offers an important rationale for learning critical thinking skills and explains the problems of overly complex legal language. "Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion." So, there is problem in understanding the law and its interpretation as well as the reasoning involved in judgments, among other decions made in the courtroom. 

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Bill Text - 113th Congress (2013-2014) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

THOMAS provides many options for finding legislation and information about legislation. These options are described below.

Search Bill Text

Search the full text of legislation for words or phrases or search by bill number.

Coverage: The Bill Text feature covers the 101st Congress (1989) to the current Congress. Users must select the Congress that they would like to search. 

 Search Bill Text

Search Bill Summary & Status

Bill Summary & Status (BSS) contains information about bills and amendments. Whereas the Bill Text feature (described above) searches the full text of legislation, the BSS feature searches everything but the actual text of the legislation.  The BSS information includes: sponsor(s); cosponsor(s); official, short and popular titles; floor/executive actions; detailed legislative history; Congressional Record page references; bill summary; committee information; amendment information; subjects (indexing terms assigned to each bill); a link to the full text versions of the bill; and if the bill has been enacted into law, a link to the full text of the law on the Government Printing Office Web site.

Coverage: BSS covers the 93rd Congress (1973) through the current Congress.  Users must select the Congress that they would like to search

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Walking a secondary school social studies class through this list would be educational! You can actually search the bill text for words and phrases. Kids could get a better idea on what is involved with working in Congress. These bills are also evidence as to why learning to read complex texts are so important.

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New study clinches it: the Earth is warming up

New study clinches it: the Earth is warming up | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
For quite some time now, the evidence that the Earth is warming up has been piling up. Study after study has shown this, and that's why the vast majority of scientists agree on it.
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This article helps the teacher construct expectations of classroom discussion. It even offers a distinction between deniers and skeptics (hyperlinked) for more exploration. The picture of the "denialist's mascot" drives home the point: disagree with supporting evidence; listen to the rebuttal.

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Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence

Getting Ready to Write: Citing Textual Evidence | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Learn how to teach students to cite textual evidence, engage in collaborative discussions and draw evidence from literary text in preparation for writing.


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Dora Campbell MA CCC SLP's curator insight, December 29, 2013 6:20 PM

An example of a lesson that ties in three common core objectives

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21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher

21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

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Fabrice Marcoux's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:19 AM

Feel at home in the a-tom

Paul Rawlinson's curator insight, February 25, 2013 5:03 PM

Some useful resources for vocab instruction

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:00 PM

Literacy is a keystone of education. Teachers must constantly stay ahead of digital tools to all them to teach students. This list of resources is an excellent way to help stay in front!