Literacy

A Q & A About Writing, Reading and Storytelling with Author Carmen Agra Deedy

Tyler Reed  February 10th, 2016 

Award-winning children's book author Carmen Agra Deedy is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote at Scholastic Education's 2016 Reading Summit on February 14th. In...

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Live Streaming for Scholastic Education Reading Summit — Starting Feb. 14

Tyler Reed  February 9th, 2016 

The Scholastic Education Reading Summit brings together school leaders for a three-day conference focused on literacy and building powerful, joyful results-drive...

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‘The Book Party’ — A Poem by Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander  February 8th, 2016 

Poet, educator and author Kwame Alexander, in anticipation of joining Scholastic and speaking at our Scholastic Education 2016 Reading Summit next week, has penned the...

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Why Joyful Read Aloud Experiences Are Essential for Young Readers

Maria Walther  February 2nd, 2016 

If you asked most of the teachers I know, “What is your favorite time of the day?” I believe many would answer—reading aloud. In my 30 years of teaching first grade, I...

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How Pinellas County (FL) is Creating a Literacy Movement in its Community

Lindsay Carson  January 27th, 2016 

The ability to read is something many of us take for granted. It is something we learned long ago and practice so often that it seems almost an innate human function. And...

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Behind My Scholastic News Cover Story About a Nine-Year-Old Syrian Refugee

Joe Bubar  January 12th, 2016 

At Scholastic News, one of our goals is to cover complex news topics for kids in a way they can understand without feeling overwhelmed.

Ten Surefire Tips for Maximizing Student Reading Stamina

Laura Robb  January 7th, 2016 

I have just invited eighth grade students to select books and find comfortable places to read them. During the first ten minutes, Adam does everything in his power to...

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Literacy

Nell K. Duke  December 9th, 2015 

Whatever holiday you celebrate this winter season, you can have fun involving your children in the preparations and build their literacy skills at the same time! Consider...

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Moving Students from Basic Recall to Analytical Comprehension

Laura Robb  December 7th, 2015 

“Comprehension” is a word that teachers use all the time: Jake’s comprehension is weak; Talia can’t comprehend nonfiction; David comprehends everything he reads. ...

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How I Researched and Evaluated One of My Everyday Teaching Practices

Jennifer Palmer  December 4th, 2015  Comments • 3

In today’s education world, teachers are completely surrounded by data, but in many ways, we are left wondering how to apply it to our teaching practices. Because testing...

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List Poetry and the Art of Classroom Storytelling

Kwame Alexander  November 24th, 2015 
Did you know that you’re a storyteller? All teachers are—every time we explain our instructional plans for the day, help our students understand photosynthesis,

I Believe Every Child Can Become a Super Reader

Pam Allyn  November 16th, 2015  Comments • 2

Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell are the co-authors Every Child a Super Reader, a new book from Scholastic that empowers educators, giving them the tools to...

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The Implicit Benefits of Explicit Reading Instruction

Laura Robb  November 9th, 2015 

“But what does an inference look like?”  This question, posed by a fifth grade student struggling to get a grip on making inferences represents the confusion many students...

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Turning Everyday Moments into Powerful Literacy Lessons

Anne E. Cunningham  November 3rd, 2015 

I see reading lessons everywhere I look: at the grocery store, driving around town, hiking a coastal trail, waiting for the bus, and of course, on a cozy couch.

A Story of a Boy and a Book

Pernille Ripp  October 27th, 2015 
He came to me with anger seeping out of every pore, a cloud of dismay surrounding him. Looking at us with eyes that told the world that he was not afraid

How to Awaken a Dormant Reader

Penny Kittle  October 13th, 2015 
I am sure I will meet dormant readers this year, and even though my running metaphor may not be a perfect match, it has reminded me of a few important things.

10 Sample Lesson Plans to Try This September (or Anytime)

Suzanne McCabe  September 10th, 2015  Comments • 1

At the start of a new school year, where do you look for lesson plans and engaging conversation-starters that will interest your students? Many teachers tell us that they...

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My Back to School Promise: Books, Glorious Books!

Annie Ward  September 8th, 2015  Comments • 2

If I had a plane, I would skywrite “Books, Glorious Books—and Time to Read Them!” for all to see. Knowing that voluminous reading is key to...

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How to Get Students Back into the Writing Zone

Ruth Culham  August 27th, 2015  Comments • 1

During the first week of school, I will often ask students if they did any writing over the summer. Almost universally, they will tell me “no.”

But I know this just...

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Why We Need More Poetry in Schools

Kwame Alexander  August 19th, 2015 

Below is an excerpt from an article I co-wrote with Chris Colderley, "Making Words Dance," in this month's Language Magazine, August 2015.

Stopping the Summer Slide in Rhode Island

Andy Moffit  August 17th, 2015 

The author is the First Gentleman of Rhode Island.

Strategies to Improve Students' Analytical Thinking

Laura Robb  July 7th, 2015  Comments • 4

“She can read all the words, but she doesn’t remember anything.”

This is a frequent comment from teachers about students who are outstanding decoders, yet who can’t...

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What the Research Says: Reading and Writing Connections

Lois Bridges  July 2nd, 2015  Comments • 3

Nurturing a love of reading comes naturally when we rely on good research to guide us. On edu@scholastic, we're featuring five important issues related to children's...

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How to Select Perfect Mentor Texts That Transform Young Readers and Writers

Maria Walther  July 1st, 2015  Comments • 1

When you’re a children’s literature fanatic, like I am, you surround yourself with fellow book lovers. Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with one of my book...

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What the Research Says: The Power of the Read Aloud

Lois Bridges  June 23rd, 2015  Comments • 1

Nurturing a love of reading comes naturally when we rely on good research to guide us. On edu@scholastic, we're featuring five important issues related to children's...

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