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.
When author Ally Carter found out that S.E. Hinton had been a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, something inside her clicked. It was the first moment she realized she could be a writer. Is there a book that has inspired you to write? Tell us in the comments.
I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him Why? SF had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed?
It's simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the US, to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the people there who were inventing the future about themselves. And they found that all of them had read science fiction when they were boys or girls.
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…
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