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Storyline Online - Where Reading Is Fun!

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There's a good range of books here that, unlike some ebooks I've used, fill up the whole screen so that we can use it for whole class work easily. Unfortunately, the videos don't have the words from the books. There is a link to purchase the books though, and that may be worth it, considering how good the videos are.

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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day | The reading skill | Scoop.it
Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem -- they're short, intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.
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CommonLit | Themes

CommonLit | Themes | The reading skill | Scoop.it
CommonLit is a free digital collection of fiction and non-fiction texts organized by the themes students love to discuss.
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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading | Edutopia

11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading | Edutopia | The reading skill | Scoop.it
Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.
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7+ English Past Exam Paper - King's College School

7+ English Past Exam Paper - King's College School | The reading skill | Scoop.it
Download this actual 7+ English past exam paper from King's College School. Exclusively available here for free. Maximise your child's potential!
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This sample exam paper begs the question, "How fair is it to expect students to read beyond their level in test situations?" I noticed this same phenomena when teaching for the O'levels in Singapore. I discovered then that some primary schools were using O'level texts in their testing in primary 6 .... 4 years before their grade level. It is one thing to stretch our students within the classroom situation, quite another to test them using these materials. Many questions come up, one of which is.... How would an esl learner survive in this scenario?

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Musical Chairs Reading at Miss Sporn's Class

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encourage reading a range of books while playing musical chairs. A great way to introduce students to a large range of new books that they may want to pick up for themselves later. 

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Storyline Online - Where Reading Is Fun!

Storyline Online - Where Reading Is Fun! | The reading skill | Scoop.it

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There's a good range of books here that, unlike some ebooks I've used, fill up the whole screen so that we can use it for whole class work easily. Unfortunately, the videos don't have the words from the books. There is a link to purchase the books though, and that may be worth it, considering how good the videos are.

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Teach Students to Build Their Own Prior Knowledge | MiddleWeb

Teach Students to Build Their Own Prior Knowledge | MiddleWeb | The reading skill | Scoop.it
Teachers frustrated by Common Core directions to ignore prior knowledge when teaching text analysis can show students how to do it themselves, says Laura Robb.
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This article explores the importance of activating "prior knowledge"  when reading. The responses to this article demonstrate how this comprehension strategy can be interpreted differently. 

 

In my intensive language class, the activation of prior knowledge is crucial as it enables students access into texts that often begin as difficult texts and quickly develop over the week into texts they can easily cope with as they then work on productive skills such as speaking and writing. 


As the respondents to this article point out, there may be learning situations when the focus should move away from utilising this strategy.  I don't see how I can in my situation, but certainly it is possible in the teaching of higher levels.

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Cartoons for the Classroom :: AAEC - Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

Cartoons for the Classroom :: AAEC - Association of American Editorial Cartoonists | The reading skill | Scoop.it
Cartoons for the Classroom. Cartoons and lesson plans based on cartoons by members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC).
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These are well developed exercises based on political cartoons. Lots of scope for teaching students the skills to work with the  deeper meaning of cartoons. Each cartoon exercise is accompanied by a blank cartoon to encourage students own creativity. A general exercise worksheet can be used to analyse the various cartoon exercises. 

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English news and easy articles for students of English

English news and easy articles for students of English | The reading skill | 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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This is one resource I will be using. The three levels are quite distinct. level 1has a few difficult words. I'd be interested to see what level 0 looks like (they are working on that now).

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Susan's comment, December 10, 2013 3:45 AM
You're welcome everyone!
Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 10, 2013 3:46 AM

A nice way to enhance our students' reading skills through the language of news... Thanks, Sue Dreger!!

Helen Davies's comment, December 10, 2013 6:46 AM
Hmm - I may be wrong but this seems to be a paying resource - just discovered this after signing up.
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Stories - World Stories

Stories - World Stories | The reading skill | Scoop.it
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These stories from around the world are well written and have audio versions. Suitable for the elementary classroom and early esl learner.
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Reading Strategies

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This site explores the theory behind reading and e provides a comprehensive breakdown of skills and strategies that should be included within any effective reading programme. Videos demonstrate how the skills can be delivered. 

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Phonics Printables, Print Colour Coded Phonics Sounds and Graphemes Cards

Phonics Printables, Print Colour Coded Phonics Sounds and Graphemes Cards | The reading skill | Scoop.it
Phonics Printables, Colour Coded A5 Size Phonics Sounds and Graphemes Charts to print with phonics lesson plans and ideas for use.
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Range of quality phonics cards and other activities. 

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10 Creative Strategies for Teaching Chronological Narratives

10 Creative Strategies for Teaching Chronological Narratives | The reading skill | Scoop.it
Overview At the start of a new topic in a subject like history, it’s often necessary to familiarise students with an essential chronology of events before analysing this in terms of key quest…

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 28, 8:56 AM

This approach could also apply to art education.

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About WordWorks (See links to research at bottom of page)

About WordWorks (See links to research at bottom of page) | The reading skill | Scoop.it

About WordWorks (See links to research at bottom of page)

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Interesting insight into a way to explore vocabulary with our students

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How to make Shakespeare easy for English language learners

How to make Shakespeare easy for English language learners | The reading skill | Scoop.it
Have you ever had difficulty relating Shakespeare to learners of English? Tutor and resource writer Genevieve White comes to the rescue, in time for Shakespeare Day today.

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I love Shakespeare! My daughter was doing the 

IB and was looking forward to doing a Shakespeare text... Until the teacher brought out a modernised version! We went out and bought the original instead and she loved it! 

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Community Club Home

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Introduce early readers to the job of a pizza maker! Meet Kwaku Twumasi, who describes his job using simple sentences read aloud.

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You'll find a good range of online texts to read here, categorised under categories such as science, social studies etc. Each part of the text can be read aloud. Definitely something I could use for the early literacy classes that I teach. There are two levels of elementary texts available.
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Marzano's 6-Step Vocabulary Process {12 Days: Tool 5} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

Marzano's 6-Step Vocabulary Process {12 Days: Tool 5} | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | The reading skill | Scoop.it
Marzano’s 6-Step Vocabulary Process Vocabulary and its strong relationship to comprehension has been verified over and over again. Vocabulary plays an important part in learning to read as well as reading to learn. We also know that increasing vocabulary knowledge has a direct impact on comprehension and plays a role in overall school success. Effective …
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Keep the infographic close as your lessons are developed to ensure you don't forget to reinforce vocabulary that are being introduced. 

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Curriculet - A responsive reading platform

Curriculet - A responsive reading platform | The reading skill | Scoop.it

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, March 6, 2014 9:31 PM

looks fantastic and quite user-friendly, can't wait to share with staff! Thanks :-)

Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, March 9, 2014 5:21 PM

Though not an iPad app, it has been compared to the Subtext app on iOS. I wonder how the lack of kinetic interaction impacts literacy and comprehension when using a track pad or mouse.

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Is Skimming a Common-Core Literacy Skill?

Is Skimming a Common-Core Literacy Skill? | The reading skill | Scoop.it
An author makes the argument that skimming is a "crucial skill" for close literary analysis, and one that should be explicitly taught.
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Skimming and scanning are skills that students must be taught if they are to be efficient readers. 

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Does reading actually change the brain? - Futurity

Does reading actually change the brain? - Futurity | The reading skill | Scoop.it
After reading a novel, actual changes linger in the brain, at least for a few days, report researchers. (The after effects of reading a random novel: it re-wires yr brain for days.
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This article and the comments that follow it give food for thought on the value of reading. The scans of the brains of motivated readers show how reading affects the brain. Can we teach reading and ensure this is happening for our students too? I'd be interested to explore this further. Another news article covers this story. See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/brain-function-boosted-for-days-after-reading-a-novel-9028302.html

 

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FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix.com!

FREE Printables from MakeBeliefsComix.com! | The reading skill | Scoop.it
More than 350 FREE printables from MakeBeliefsComix.com! Print out a blank printable and write in your response. Organized by theme, great for the classroom.
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Here's a range of printables with simple triggers to encourage writing responses. Ideal for use in a range of situations.
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New! Digital Citizenship Song and Video

New! Digital Citizenship Song and Video | The reading skill | Scoop.it
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This song is designed for the early elementary student as part of a lesson on responsible and safe online citizenship. The package includes the song and words. I plan to use it for my esl learners as I revise vocabulary associated with body parts and actions.
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Up and Away!

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Searching for help with you kid's geography skills? This printable worksheet will teach them the continent of South America.
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Teach geography literacy skills with at his mappia reading activity. 

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