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Classroom Magic: Teaching Context Clues

Classroom Magic: Teaching Context Clues | Reading |

I love teaching vocabulary! One of the best strategies I've come up with is to use a graphic organizer and PowerPoint. The PowerPoint is set up to give first the word and then the sentence. After revealing the word and ...

Via Margaret McKenzie
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Context clues help enhance the understanding of the text.

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The International Dyslexia Association: Why is Third Grade so Important?

The International Dyslexia Association: Why is Third Grade so Important? | Reading |

By: Mary Wennersten, M.Ed.

Children who have not developed fast, fluent reading skills begin to fall behind, and for most of them, the gap will continue to grow. So third grade constitutes a critical transition—a “pivot point,” says Donald J. Hernandez, a professor of sociology at Hunter College. Hernandez conducted and released a study last year called “Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation.” This study found that third graders who lack proficiency in reading are four times more likely to become high school dropouts.



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Reading is crucial!

Lou Salza's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:46 PM


The Campaign for grade-level reading is sweeping across the country, bringing about a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, states, and communities to increase the percentage of children who can read proficiently. In the report, “Early Warning! Why Reading by the end of Third Grade Matters,” by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Leila Fiester emphasizes the role that reading proficiency plays in determining outcomes of children, families, communities, and the nation. She states, that in an increasingly global and technical economy, US employers struggle to find enough educated, competent, and accountable workers—“The bottom line is that if we don’t get dramatically more children on track as proficient readers, the U.S. will lose a growing and essential proportion of its human capital to poverty, and the price will be paid not only by individual children and families but by the entire country.” 

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) recently released a summary on state third-grade reading policies. Currently, 13 states have passed legislation aimed at improving early literacy outcomes that include three elements:


Early identification of reading difficulties


Interventions that occur as close to the point of need as possible



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Representing main ideas

Representing main ideas | Reading |
Today's post is the second installation in a series about teaching students to think about the main idea in passages. It challenges teachers to move beyond multiple choice questions to open-ended alternatives.

Via Darren Burris
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Determining the main idea is important for young readers!

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