Teaching Reading in High Schools
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Many students enter high school behind in reading. It's up to us to help them become better and more engaged readers! Here are some great articles about teaching reading in high school. Resources include tips on reading instruction, independent reading, and building classroom libraries.
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TEACHER VOICES | Marni Spitz, #3Numbers, Reading, the Jackson 5, and Awesomeness

TEACHER VOICES | Marni Spitz, #3Numbers, Reading, the Jackson 5, and Awesomeness | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it

Marni Spitz is back at TEACHER VOICES! This time, she's talking ALL about NUMBERS (about READING). Please enjoy.

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Reading goals of ninth graders in Hayward

Reading goals of ninth graders in Hayward | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it
 By high school, many people think that you can't improve your reading. Very few high schools assess their students' reading skills, except on summative high-stakes assessments, and even fewer tell...
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English teacher Tess Lantos conferences with her ninth graders about their reading assessment scores and then encourages them to make a specific goal to improve their reading.

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Prison Is a Great Place to Get Reading Done

Prison Is a Great Place to Get Reading Done | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it
“Days in prison have a sameness to them, and my most meaningful and frequent conversations were with authors.”
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This article reminded me of the term "well-read."

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Get Your Students to Love the News, #6: The New York Times Upfront is awesome!

Get Your Students to Love the News, #6: The New York Times Upfront is awesome! | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it
 Hey, this little series, “Get Your Students to Love the News,” is becoming a real thing! Today is the sixth installment. When you have time, be sure to check out the other posts, too. A few posts ago, I emphasized that when it comes to reading the news, there’s nothing like the real thing: an old-fashioned newspaper …
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Get Your Students to Love the News, #3: Newsela meets kids at their reading level | reading, technology

Get Your Students to Love the News, #3: Newsela meets kids at their reading level | reading, technology | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it
 Imagine my joy when I found out about Newsela, a website that modifies the vocabulary and syntax of news articles to match the reading levels of students. I will confirm: There was significant joy. Not only does Newsela offer students high-interest news articles, but it also does something truly novel: It provides those articles at five …
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Most people who make apps for teachers and students don't get things quite right. The good folks over at Newsela, on the other hand, know what they're doing.

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Why Read? by Kelly Gallagher

Why Read? by Kelly Gallagher | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it
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Literary fiction, empathy, and reading reality

Literary fiction, empathy, and reading reality | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it

A recent study suggests that reading literary fiction results in more empathy. This got fiction-friendly English teachers excited in their quest to destroy the Common Core's emphasis on informational texts.

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Empathy is good. Fiction is good. So is nonfiction. I think the answer is that we need to have tons of reading everywhere, all the time, across disciplines. That way, reading won't be the boring activity that nobody likes to do.

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It's never too late (and it can't be): Helping struggling readers in SF and Hayward

It's never too late (and it can't be): Helping struggling readers in SF and Hayward | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it

 Students entering high school are all over the place when it comes to their reading skills. Some read at the college level already, while others struggle.

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High school students who read at the third grade level need something more and different.

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Best practice for classroom libraries: Multiple copies of fewer titles

Best practice for classroom libraries: Multiple copies of fewer titles | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it

Here's one that used to escape me. Let's say you're a teacher, and you care about reading, and you want to start building a classroom library. What's the best way?

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Thanks to my colleague Tess Lantos, I now fully understand the best way to build a classroom library.

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Faking Cultural Literacy

Faking Cultural Literacy | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it
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This well-written op-ed by Karl Taro Greenfeld offers one explanation for why we don't read as much anymore. Because we don't have to. Data is everywhere -- little tidbits, little factoids -- that we can have a conversation about a topic (and even offer our opinion) without really knowing anything about it.

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Another successful Book Faire in Oakland | reading

Another successful Book Faire in Oakland | reading | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it
 I like the Book Faire that Envision Academy in Oakland puts on to build its school library and to promote reading among students. The process is simple. Once a semester, Mary, the school’s vice principal, calls up the Oakland Public Library Teen Zone. Its librarians, Brian and Xochitl, are wonderful. They know what students like …
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The student librarians are great.

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First starter classroom library complete!

First starter classroom library complete! | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it

It took just two months (and 53 donors on DonorsChoose.com) to build this starter classroom library.

A Bay Area teacher and his or her students are going to be very happy to receive this library next Fall! Let me make a plain statement. If you want your students to read, you need books. Lots of them. Good ones. Sure, you can tell your students to visit the public library. Or the bookstore. Or, if you’re lucky, the school library. But that works only if your students already identify as readers. If they don’t, that’s where …

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It took just two months (and 53 donors on DonorsChoose.com) to build this starter classroom library.

A Bay Area teacher and his or her students are going to be very happy to receive this library next Fall!

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What My Students Taught Me About Reading

What My Students Taught Me About Reading | Teaching Reading in High Schools | Scoop.it

I used to think a child would love reading if I could just find the right book and place it in my library. I used to think a child would love reading if I could just give them the time to read

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This post by Pernille Ripp inspires me to keep at it if a student says that he or she doesn't like to read.

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