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BookBub: Free Ebooks - Great deals on bestsellers you'll love

BookBub: Free Ebooks - Great deals on bestsellers you'll love | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
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Prejudice / Discrimination - Social Issues - Books

Prejudice / Discrimination  - Social Issues - Books | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

AA Mighty Girl is the world's largest collection of books and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls.

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Awesome.

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Our Top Eleven Nonfiction books for teaching...everything! | Burkins & Yaris

Our Top Eleven Nonfiction books for teaching...everything! | Burkins & Yaris | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
In this post, we share 11 nonfiction titles that we use over and over to teach just about everything that arises in our literacy classroom.
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Rewordify.com: Understand what you read

Rewordify.com: Understand what you read | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you understand more of what you read, faster. It translates hard English into easier English.
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This is an interesting site. You can put in text or a website and it will simplify the reading. It also has many of the classics rewordified. I have some mixed feelings on this -- the richness of the language (part of what makes a book a classic) is lost. Still, for understanding, it is helpful.

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Social emotional learning lessons - free ebook downloads

Social emotional learning lessons - free ebook downloads | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

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A high quality archive of ebooks, monographs, chapters, brochures, and articles on social emotional learning from a variety of sources. A great deal of first-rate resources here.


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This site even includes popular titles -- such as Divergent--although to get the whole download, you need to pay. Could be helpful for "selling" the book to students. Read the first few chapters to hook them.

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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 18, 8:23 AM

I agree with Jim's insight...check this out teachers and parents. A wonderful way to engage learners for any subject.  This is teaching of the heart!

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Young Adult Horror | Horror Writers Association Blog

Young Adult Horror | Horror Writers Association Blog | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
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A blog by Jonathan Maberry. Many interviews with YA horror writers.

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School Library Lady

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Book reviews
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YA--both fiction and non-fiction.

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Teachers | Common Core

Teachers | Common Core | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

Book lists by grade, lesson plans, common core questions and answers.

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New Learning Times : Article Newsela

New Learning Times : Article Newsela | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

by Demetri Lales

 

"Newsela strives to complete two learning goals: the first is helping students improve their reading comprehension skills, and the second is teaching students about current events. The different Lexile levels open up the platform to a broad range of students who can manually adjust to the level that is right for them. Young students may find the ability to lower the Lexile level very valuable. It could enable them to understand current news more easily. Teachers may find the combinations of quizes and articles useful for testing students' reading comprehension levels."


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Amy Weisz's curator insight, February 19, 6:37 PM

Terrific resource for current events and close reading. 

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The Millions : Time to Put the Knives Away: An Interview with Rebecca Mead

The Millions : Time to Put the Knives Away: An Interview with Rebecca Mead | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

Rebecca Mead asks me what my favorite book is, and then she stops herself. “Having a favorite is a stupid thing,” she says. “It’s like asking a child his favorite color. Only children have favorites.” Of course this isn’t true. Committing to a favorite book is like committing to a relationship, which is to say that it carries no automatic promise of deepening your engagement with human life, and may impede it.

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Trailer for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS - BOOK RIOT

Trailer for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS - BOOK RIOT | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
The trailer for the movie adaptation of John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
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Love it.

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Interview With Elizabeth Wein, Author of Code Name Verity

Interview With Elizabeth Wein, Author of Code Name Verity | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
Set in the landscape of World War II Britain and featuring women pilots and spies, the intricate plot of Code Name Verity involves espionage, Nazis, the Resistance, and occupied France.
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So love, love, loved Code Name Verity. Couldn't put it --with all its twisty plot--down until the last page was turned.

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a review of The Shadow Throne

a review of The Shadow Throne | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
NetGalley, thank you for this wonderful book! At long last, the third installment in the Ascendance Trilogy! Jennifer Neilsen keeps the pages turning with Jaron’s kingdom, Carthya waging war against Avenia.

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BJ Neary's curator insight, January 19, 7:19 PM

The final book in the False Prince trilogy is a MUST READ!

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The Best List of Reading Response Questions Ever.

The Best List of Reading Response Questions Ever. | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
When I was in the classroom, I used the workshop model.  After students read silently every day, I asked that they write in their reading response journal for just five minutes.  They could choose ...
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Awesome reading response questions that get kids using the higher Bloom's taxonomy levels.

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Read, Kids, Read

Read, Kids, Read | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
It’s not a chore. It’s a path to fulfillment that fewer are traveling.
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The benefits of reading. 

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Our Top Ten Fiction Books for Teaching....EVERYTHING! | Burkins & Yaris

Our Top Ten Fiction Books for Teaching....EVERYTHING! | Burkins & Yaris | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
In this post we share ten fiction titles that we use over and over again to help support children's reading growth and development.
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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading
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"Will we become Twitter brains?” This so makes me think of Fahrenheit 451. Yikes!

 

"The students believed they did better on screen. They were wrong. Their comprehension and learning was better on paper."

 

"There are advantages to both ways of reading. There is potential for a bi-literate brain." What do we want to preserve and how do we preserve it?

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Expandedbooks.com

Expandedbooks.com | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
Expanded Books is dedicated to providing videos and podcasts about authors and books, covering all types of genres.
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Good book trailers.

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Horror in YA Lit is a Staple, Not a Trend

Horror in YA Lit is a Staple, Not a Trend | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
Though R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike may be our quickest associations with teen screams, horror encompasses a wide array of books. Teen librarian and blogger Kelly Jensen highlights the latest titles in teen fiction that are bound to give readers nightmares.
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Yup.  Horror is big in my middle schools.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month | The New York Review of Books

This April, to celebrate National Poetry Month, the Review's editors have chosen thirty poems from the archives and will post one each day. Please bookmark this page and visit us throughout the month for new poems. You can also follow @nybooks on Twitter or visit our Facebook page for a link to the day’s poem. For more poetry and reviews from our archives, you may be interested in the online edition, which provides full access to five decades of writing in the Review.

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An Essential Strategy in Developing Close Readers | MiddleWeb

An Essential Strategy in Developing Close Readers | MiddleWeb | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

by Sarah Tantillo

 

"The most important [close reading] skill you can teach your students is how to ask questions. To be effective at reading a text—any text: a story, a poem, a graph, a painting, an opera—you need to be able to ask good questions. As The Literacy Cookbook explains, questioning is an essential step in the comprehension process. Let’s review how it works:"


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Models this using Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

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Making Connections: Text to Self, Text to Text, Text to World - Diane Kardash

Making Connections:  Text to Self, Text to Text, Text to World - Diane Kardash | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

Schema theory explains how our previous experiences, knowledge, emotions, and understandings affect what and how we learn (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000). [ ] By teaching students how to connect to text they are able to better understand what they are reading (Harvey & Goudvis, 2000).

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Gives some ideas for assessment as well.

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Join ReadWorks

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You should check out ReadWorks.

I love their research-based reading comprehension curriculum, and you might too.

ReadWorks is a completely free resource—all you have to do is register!
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A free site full of leveled text along with lessons and comprehension activities.

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faultinourstarsmovie on Instagram

faultinourstarsmovie on Instagram | The World of Reading | Scoop.it
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A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Close Reading | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Close Reading | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The World of Reading | Scoop.it

Close reading is definitely a "survival skill" particularly in a world drowned in information. Close reading is all about reading differently, it is reading for deep understanding through paying attention to what others would normally oversight. Being a close reader entails focus and dedication to your reading material. It empowers readers to delve deeper into the latent meanings of text searching for cues that make the reading  a totally different experience one that resembles the detective wok. Close reading is also about critical reading, reading that does not take things at face value but rather investigates for what is hidden between the lines.


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Close reading is an essential part of developing critical thinking skills for students at all levels....