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Summer Reading List for Teachers

Let’s face it: summer is too short. And you already have a massive pile of books that you want to read, not to mention the ones you “need” to read. So we won’t pile on too much. Below are our … Read more.

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PODCAST: What Are the Habits of Lifelong Readers, How Do We Instill Them?

Larry Ferlazzo talks with Donalyn Miller about close reading, Common Core, empowering students to be readers, and her popular reading books, The Book Whisperer, and Reading in the Wild. LISTEN HERE! Donalyn Miller has worked with a variety of upper … Read more.

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A View of Whole Novel Study from Start to Finish

Whole Novels for the Whole Class is a practical, field-tested guide to implementing a student-centered literature program that promotes critical thinking and literary understanding through the study of novels with middle school students. Rather than using novels simply to teach … Read more.

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8 Useful Literacy Resources in Honor of National Youth Literacy Day

August 26th is National Youth Literacy Day! How will you and your students be celebrating? If you or your students want to celebrate the day and have a little fun, our friends at 826 National have some cool writing projects for every day leading … Read more.

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Reading is More Than Reading

Written by Ruth Schoenbach, Lynn Murphy, and Cynthia Greenleaf, co-directors of the WestEd-sponsored Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI), this significantly updated second edition of the bestselling book contains strategies for helping students in middle school through community college gain the reading … Read more.

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Notes From a Teacher

by Christi Carpenter, teacher and Jossey-Bass’ summer teacher consultant When I was in college and I engaged in competitive reading, I developed a rule for seasonal fiction reading:  read American authors in the summer, Russians in the winter, and Brit … Read more.

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Improving Students’ Reading Comprehension

An article posted yesterday in the New York Times examined students’ performances in math and reading, finding that students are collectively performing better in math than in reading across a number of schools and districts. Two charter networks mentioned, Uncommon … Read more.

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Understanding Story Structure with Story Trails and History Maps, Grades K-5

Graphic Organizers are a useful tool for all teachers, regardless of the grade level they teach and the ability of their students. Organizing content in a graphic way helps facilitate stronger comprehension for all students.  Here are a couple sample … Read more.

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Testing 1, 2, 3: Crafting Reading Assessments

Reading assessments are a great tool for tracking how your students are doing in a number of different categories. By assessing frequently and on a regular basis, you can assess your students’ abilities from a collection of data gathered over time rather than … Read more.

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A New Book from KIPP: Reading Without Limits

This handy guidebook and map gives teachers, schools, and districts the help they need to move their kids to the highest level of fervor, stamina, and love of learning and independent thinking. This book provides a unique structure of choice; … Read more.

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