Life has been hectic lately and I haven't gotten nearly as much reading done as I've wanted to. But I had a few moments and decided to dive into Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt. Schmidt is known for his YA and MG books. He's been honored with many awards for his writing. This was the…
The research is clear: knowledge of words is knowledge of the world.
So what does this mean for us as educators? If we want students to access increasingly complex grade level text, we must Increase student vocabulary, knowledge, and capacity. We’ve highlighted five tools below that are a means to that end.
Jim Lerman's insight:
Outstanding article that highlights 5 excellent digital tools to enhance students' literacy development.
In early 2008, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst started to reflect seriously on the state of reading instruction. They grew concerned; to them, too many readers finished a book with little thought, too many readers waited for the teacher to talk first, and too many readers were silent, unexpressive. In other words, too many readers …
"Every Photo is a Story" is a five part video series in which reference librarian Kristi Finefield and architecture and landscape historian Sam Watters discuss the ways to uncover the story in a photograph. This overview page links to all five videos and their accompanying exercises as well as providing links to additional resources.
Sarah McElrath's insight:
Interesting idea of teaching students to "read" a photograph.
This year’s list of 58 books was selected from a group of 113 official nominations.
“The 2015 list reflects the results of Committee members’ dedicated reading of hundreds of YA novels to formulate its final list. It is also a reflection of both the splendid diversity of literature for young adults and the wide-ranging interests of teen readers,” said Michael Cart, Chair of the BFYA Committee. “The titles range from a novel in verse about identical twin brothers who are gifted basketball players to an imaginative novel about a boy who is revived five years after his head was cryogenically frozen.”
April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Learn more about the National Poetry Month, get to know some of our most well-loved children's poets in our video interview series, browse the many online resources listed here, and visit your local library or bookstore to discover wonderful new books and anthologies.
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Characters making the leap from page to screen this year include creatures from Harry Potter's world, Mowgli and his jungle pals, a prince, Tarzan, zombies, and more.
Forget the Tarot cards, crystal balls, and palm-readers. Toss aside those stale fortune cookies. You need only look to your bookshelf to understand your deepest personality traits. Look for some of your favorite YA titles below and you may find that my keen "psychic" abilities can be enlightening. * Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. There…
Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Selecting Text For Comprehension In the previous literacy posts in this series I identified a few guiding questions that stem from the research: Do students...
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