Literacy

The Common Core essentials: 5 things to read if you're starting from scratch

Suzanne McCabe  December 20th, 2013  Comments • 2

Have you heard praise or criticism about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and wondered what people were talking about?

Four tips for improving guided reading instruction (and a giveaway)

Alexandra Wladich  December 16th, 2013  Comments • 24

Even the most experienced teachers take time to lay the groundwork for success. Teachers need to get to know their students as readers and as members of the classroom...

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The Reader as Narcissus

Suzanne McCabe  December 6th, 2013 

In college, I studied Shakespeare with a brilliant scholar named Edward Tayler. One of his most repeated phrases—"the Reader as Narcissus"—still echoes in my mind.

What is close reading and how do I teach it?

Allison Wolfe  December 3rd, 2013 

In an article from Reading Today (full article available for members), San Diego State University professors Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey define close reading as...

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"Four score and seven..."

Suzanne McCabe  November 19th, 2013 

"The world will little note, nor long remember," President Abraham Lincoln said on a Pennsylvania battlefield 150 years ago today. Little note? Lincoln's eulogy to the...

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Building student interest in nonfiction

Allison Wolfe  November 12th, 2013 

After hearing a sixth grader say, “ I hate nonfiction, Mrs. Miller. It’s so boring.

Graphical literacy: Tips for teaching with maps, timelines and flowcharts

Allison Wolfe  October 24th, 2013 

In a recent article from The Reading Teacher about fostering graphical literacy, Kathryn Roberts and five of her colleagues share instructional practices to...

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Writing is learning

Tyler Reed  October 21st, 2013 

For me, writing is a messy process.

I agonize over opening sentences. I use the backspace button a lot. I delete whole paragraphs, rewrite, then realize I liked it...

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