News, Nonfiction & Research in High Schools
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The Common Core wants us to teach more "informational texts." But that sounds so dry and boring. Nonfiction is captivating, so let's make it so! Here are articles and resources about making nonfiction fun for students in high schools.
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Get Your Students to Love the News, #5: Vox explains current events step by step | reading, technology

Get Your Students to Love the News, #5: Vox explains current events step by step | reading, technology | News, Nonfiction & Research in High Schools | Scoop.it
 There’s a big new trend happening in the news industry, and it’s called explanatory journalism. Also known as data journalism, it’s the recent fad to shun the typical news cycle, in which sound bites and juicy tidbits rule, and instead focus on delivering the story through data and analysis. Nate Silver, the founder of FiveThirtyEight, and Ezra …
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Next in the "Get Your Students to Love the News" series: Vox. I like how it helps students with background knowledge to understand news articles.

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Get Your Students to Love the News, #4: There's nothing like the real thing.

Get Your Students to Love the News, #4: There's nothing like the real thing. | News, Nonfiction & Research in High Schools | Scoop.it

If you’ve been reading this series, “Get Your Students to Love the News,” you’ll notice that I’m trying to suggest simple and easy and free ways that teachers can entice students to become avid readers of the news.

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There's nothing wrong with a news aggregator, but it's important to know that news comes from real news sources.

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Get Your Students to Love the News, #3: Newsela meets kids at their reading level | reading, technology

Get Your Students to Love the News, #3: Newsela meets kids at their reading level | reading, technology | News, Nonfiction & Research in High Schools | Scoop.it
 Imagine my joy when I found out about Newsela, a website that modifies the vocabulary and syntax of news articles to match the reading levels of students. I will confirm: There was significant joy. Not only does Newsela offer students high-interest news articles, but it also does something truly novel: It provides those articles at five …
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Most people who make apps for teachers and students don't get things quite right. The good folks over at Newsela, on the other hand, know what they're doing.

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Get Your Students to Love the News, #1: Umano caters to those who like to listen

Get Your Students to Love the News, #1: Umano caters to those who like to listen | News, Nonfiction & Research in High Schools | Scoop.it
 I love current events, and newspapers make me happy, and I spend a lot of time reading nonfiction articles online. (Maybe too much sometimes.) It’s super important that we encourage our students to love the news, too. That’s why I’m starting a new series, Get Your Students to Love the News. My hope is to share some of …
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I believe strongly that we should encourage our students to love reading the news. Umano is a great app that students like. You might like it, too -- especially if you like podcasts and audiobooks.

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Yahoo News Digest is sharp and sleek. Students might like it. Here's why I don't.

Yahoo News Digest is sharp and sleek. Students might like it. Here's why I don't. | News, Nonfiction & Research in High Schools | Scoop.it

 If you’re a loyal Iserotope reader, which I know you are (or want to be), you’ve been following my “Get Your Students to Love the News” series, in which I help teachers get their students to love the news. This post is dedicated to a news app that didn’t make the cut.

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Yahoo News Digest is a pretty app, and I like that it's a digest (updated twice daily), but it's just not great, content-wise, for students. I prefer Circa.

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Pocket + Evernote: Easy way for teachers to format news articles and nonfiction

Pocket + Evernote: Easy way for teachers to format news articles and nonfiction | News, Nonfiction & Research in High Schools | Scoop.it
 If you’re a teacher, you know this story. It’s Sunday night, and you have a pit in your stomach because you still haven’t found a good article for your students to read tomorrow. And then, after perhaps too long, you find it! And then you’re happy. That is, until you realize, again, that you have to spend …
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Here's a quick hack for teachers to format news articles quickly and easily and beautifully.

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Get Your Students to Love the News, #2: Circa explains current events concisely | reading, technology

Get Your Students to Love the News, #2: Circa explains current events concisely | reading, technology | News, Nonfiction & Research in High Schools | Scoop.it
 Yes, it makes me crazy that very few teachers emphasize current events. As a former social studies teacher, I can criticize my fellow social studies colleagues and ask, incredulously, “Um, how come you’re not having your students read the news?” My modest proposal is that all English teachers should do independent fiction reading and that all …
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My "Get Your Kids to Love the News" series continues. Here's the second installment. It's about Circa, which I think is an excellent phone app that helps explain, not just summarize, current events.

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