Literacy

Five Things I Learned from edu@scholastic Bloggers

Tyler Reed  April 7th, 2016 

At the end of this week, after almost three years of editing, writing and caring for this blog, I'll be handing the keys over to a new editor, Julia Graeper.

Inside the Minds of Top Teacher-Librarians

Julia Graeper  March 31st, 2016 
April is School Library Month and we are kicking it off with the 2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award! This third-annual award honors K–12 library... Read more

Summer Is Right Around the Corner. Is Your School Ready?

Kelli Cedo  March 25th, 2016 

You’ve likely seen the research and read the reports about academic summer slide and how this contributes to the achievement gap. Coming from a principal who works in a...

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How a Classroom of 1st Graders Became Published Poets

Ann Marie Stephens  March 22nd, 2016 

I made a confession to Kwame Alexander, that when he originally asked me to share my thoughts on his work-in-progress titled, “Page-to-Stage”, I was secretly worried. How...

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Let's Make Summer Learning Experiences Joyful, Rich and Rewarding

Pam Allyn  March 10th, 2016 
These are momentous times. It is more important than ever before that our children become lifelong readers, writers and learners

Taking Guided Reading Instruction to the Next Level

Maria Walther  February 18th, 2016 

In her last post, Next Step Guided Reading Assessment co-author Maria Walther shared her ideas about...

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On Read Alouds: ‘Pull a Favorite Book, Stop What You Are Doing, and Read to Them’

Lester Laminack  February 11th, 2016 

The following essay was first printed as the closing comments in Lester Laminack (2009)"Unwrapping the Read Aloud: Making Every Read Aloud Experience Intentional and...

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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  Comments • 1

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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