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Adapting Reading Comprehension Instruction to Virtual Learning in Middle and High School. Distance learning often requires students to work more independently than they’re used to, so as their teachers, we need to adjust the ways we help them read instructional texts.

Adapting Reading Comprehension Instruction to Virtual Learning in Middle and High School

We know that reading is an act of constructing meaning, so whenever we give students materials to read, we need to provide them with the necessary tools to understand those texts. Distance learning requires us to provide these tools in new ways—and with a greater degree of intentionality—so that we support students as they become increasingly independent. Just as a builder can’t succeed without the correct blueprints, students need to see the blueprint for how they can succeed in our classes. In distance learning, that means we need to carefully communicate the purpose for reading each text before students begin the assignment, and this purpose needs to align directly with any assessment given. Giving Students the Tools They Need. Critical Reading: 50 Sentence Stems Talk About What They Read.

Critical Reading: 50 Sentence Stems To Help Students Talk About What They Read by TeachThought Staff I love sentence stems for many reasons, not the least of which is their ability to function as cognitive ‘training wheels’ for developing minds.

Critical Reading: 50 Sentence Stems Talk About What They Read

As in journal response prompts to respond to text, the stems below are created to help students better understand what they’re reading.

Reading strategies

Test & Practice Exercises. Extensive reading: why it is good for our students… and for us. What is Extensive Reading (ER)?

Extensive reading: why it is good for our students… and for us.

Extensive Reading is often referred to but it is worth checking on what it actually involves. Richard Day has provided a list of key characteristics of ER (Day 2002). This is complemented by Philip Prowse (2002). Maley (2008) deals with ER comprehensively. The following is a digest of the two lists of factors or principles for successful ER: Read stories. Free Reading Passages and Literacy Resources. IELTS Reading - Skimming and Scanning. IELTS : Improve your Reading Skill. ESL English Language Learning - Adult Literacy - Listening & Reading - Audiobooks - Stories.

'No downside': New Zealand firm adopts four-day week after successful trial. The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has declared it a success and will be adopting the new schedule full time.

'No downside': New Zealand firm adopts four-day week after successful trial

Almost 250 staff at Perpetual Guardian, a company which manages trusts, wills and estate planning, trialled a four-day working week over March and April this year, working four eight-hour days but getting paid for five. Academics who studied the trial found staff at the firm’s offices around the country reported lower stress levels, higher levels of job satisfaction and an improved sense of work-life balance. Ron Lora: The world is getting better - The Lima News. “Is the world getting better or worse?”

Ron Lora: The world is getting better - The Lima News

I asked a group of friends. Their response: “It depends.” “Depends on the topic considered,” said one. The non-western books that every student should read. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree.

The non-western books that every student should read

It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive socio-economic political structures, forms of resistance and defiance, and the point at which violence becomes justifiable. Fall in Love with This Teacher’s Text-Marking Activity. Teens and reading skills. Here are some activities you can use with students before, while and after reading a text.

Teens and reading skills

Before reading There are lots of activities you can do before students read a text to help enhance their comprehension, such as ones that activate the students’ schemata or background knowledge, arouse their interest in the topic or prepare them linguistically. 1. B127c A1 TE Staff Room Posters 4. The Landlady. About this BritLit kit Billy Weaver, a young man visiting the City of Bath for the first time, is looking for accommodation.

The Landlady

He is inexplicably drawn to a house where the landlady seems to be expecting him. The house and the landlady seem friendly and welcoming, and he looks forward to staying there. Signing the guest book, two names disturb him. Where has he heard them before? Why aren't there any other guests? The themes drawn from this story include poisoning, embalming and taxidermy as well as a look at witches.

The kit, originally written in 2003, was updated in 2007 and 2013. The materials in this BritLit Kit are available to download in the Attachments box below. You can also listen to the audio included in the attachments below. QuickLesson 20: Research Reports for Research Success. Elizabeth Shown Mills The research process has three basic steps: preparation, performance, and reporting.

QuickLesson 20: Research Reports for Research Success

6 Excellent Free Sites to Practise Reading Comprehension. It’s been too long since I’ve written about improving reading skills.

6 Excellent Free Sites to Practise Reading Comprehension

Last time I posted about sites to help you practise reading comprehension was in May last year. Way too long. The truth is that doing reading comprehension activities in class takes time, especially if we are talking about long texts with an amount of difficulty, and very often this is one of the tasks we give students as homework. On the other hand, I am one of those teachers who think reading aloud in class is a good exercise. Making reading communicative. CommonLit. mELTing Activities, Lessons and Ideas: Interactive Texts - Actively Learn. Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. Macmillan Readers Level Test. Macmillan Readers Level Test What reading level are you? Use the Macmillan Readers level test to help find your reading level. Level 490 Reading Topics.

How to use newspaper articles in language class. How should teachers use 'authentic' texts in class? Author, trainer and teacher Rachael Roberts gives valuable advice on the example of newspapers. She will also be delivering a live-streamed presentation Opens in a new tab or window. from Belfast on writing effective classroom materials, 11 March 2014. Back in 1981, Vivian Cook Opens in a new tab or window. wrote: ‘One of the words that has been creeping into English teaching in the past few years is 'authentic'.

Project Gutenberg Australia. Guardian short stories podcast. Authors. Fiction Archives. Our privacy promise. Stories & Poems. Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans. MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports. Study break. British Council. IELTS Reading: Improve your English and prepare for IELTS Reading. Ten weird and terrifying medical instruments from the past. The UK’s largest medical charity, the Wellcome Trust, has made its vast database of images freely available to all.

The collection holds photos of hundreds of years worth of medicine, instruments and scientific culture. For me, the progress of science best described by advances in medicine and the instruments used to practice it. Here is a list of a few of my favourites. Nothing quite says medicine like a syringe. And this collection has plenty, from the 17th century brass or 18th century ivory enema syringes, to the 20th century’s glass and stainless steel ones, all clearly made to last much longer than our modern disposable versions. 17th Century French Brass Syringe Science Museum, London 18th Century Sri Lankan Ivory Enema Syringe 19th Century Japanese Self-Administering Enema Syringe With A Piston And Reservoir Then there are the surgical instruments, like the 16th century tools below. Wellcome Library Wellcome Library London Wellcome Library, London. LearnEnglish – British Council. 10 Side Show Circus Workers Who Actually Existed.

How to Improve Your English Reading Skills - learn English,reading,english. English articles, reading skills, What ISIS Really Wants. 10 Things We Just Don't Know About Language And Communication. Humans. » Want to know what to read next? #GrammarlyChat has the answer. Forgotten fairytales slay the Cinderella stereotype. Once upon a time … the fairytales you thought you knew had endings you wouldn’t recognise. A new collection of German folk stories has Hansel and Gretel getting married after an erotic encounter with a dwarf, an enchanted frog being kissed not by a damsel in distress but by a young man, and Cinderella using her golden slippers to recover her lover from beyond the moon.

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