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3 Essentials for Success in a Blended [Literacy] Classroom. This post is sponsored by ThinkCERA, an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines.

3 Essentials for Success in a Blended [Literacy] Classroom

The use of digital learning spaces has exploded in use in classrooms nearly everywhere. Through Learning Management Systems (LMS) many educators are moving to put content online and extend learning beyond the four walls and beyond the school day. When We All Teach Text Structures, Everyone Wins. It’s a given that we want our students to read well.

When We All Teach Text Structures, Everyone Wins

We want them to handle challenging material strategically, to comprehend all of its nuances clearly, to break it down and analyze it, and more than anything, to remember what they read. Lately, the mandate to support student reading has been directed outside the English language arts classroom: Teachers of history, science, and other subjects are now expected to weave literacy instruction into their teaching of content. 22 Videos That Can Help Students Improve Their Writing. The Writer's Workshop is a playlist of twenty-two TED-Ed lessons.

22 Videos That Can Help Students Improve Their Writing

Wrecking Writing: the Flaws in the Common Core Writing Instructional Shift. The Common Core “Instructional Shifts” insist that students should focus on “Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational,” and that this shift is “a significant shift from current practice.”

Wrecking Writing: the Flaws in the Common Core Writing Instructional Shift

The document offers no “evidence” that it has any hard data on what “current practice” consists of. But aside from that, this Shift to “evidence based,” writing-to-text writing, has a number of destructive repercussions on students. We’ll be exploring them more indepth later, but I wanted to start with an overview. Here then, are the problems with the Common Core Instructional Shift for writing instruction: 1. 2. 3. Celebrating Shakespeare Through the Arts. April is the perfect month to bring some Shakespeare into your students’ lives.

Celebrating Shakespeare Through the Arts

William Shakespeare was born on approximately April 23, 1564. Unless you’re a high school English teacher, his works may seem intimidating to teach. English Language Arts and Literacy, Social Studies. English Project Ideas for Language Arts Project-Based Learning. Students Sitting Around Too Much? Try Chat Stations. You’ve probably heard of—and maybe used—learning stations in your classroom.

Students Sitting Around Too Much? Try Chat Stations.

With stations, teachers set up activities around their rooms, then have students rotate from station to station, performing each task. They are a wonderful way to provide variety and engagement in your classroom. Music esl. Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing. Introduction As you know, free graphic organizers are readily available on the Internet.

Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing

However, access to quality organizers often requires either a monthly or an annual fee. Here you will find, what I think, are quality organizers WITHOUT monthly or annual fees. I dug into my own archives that I've accumulated over my 33 year career in search of organizers that focus on writing. With that in mind, I searched thoroughly for graphic organizer ideas wherever I could find them. The result is what you will see on this page--a collection of 50 graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching writing.

50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language. Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of the help they can get!

50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language

Thankfully, many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective. We’ve scoured the Internet to share 50 of the best of these resources, and we hope you’ll find lots of valuable content and tools through these incredibly useful links for ELL educators. Websites. Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story. We’ve spent the last two weeks in my English Language Learner Beginners class reading and learning about stories.

Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story

Last Friday, it was time for them to begin writing one, and I did a terrible job of getting them started. I think I was tired and wasn’t thinking clearly, and assumed too much and provided must less support than was needed. So, over the weekend, I created a simple set of eight graphic organizers, plus borrowed two others from online, and we began again today. Words Matter. Clint Smith, a writer and teacher, uses poetry to help students understand that digging into uncertainty can be just as important as finding solutions — an unfamiliar concept for many young people.

Words Matter

We asked Smith, a Harvard Graduate School of Education Ph.D. candidate, to read one of his poems with us — a selection from his debut collection Counting Descent. We also asked him to talk about how he approaches poetry in the classroom and as a writer. How Ohio is adjusting the Common Core for Ohio classrooms. COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state school board will vote next month on several adjustments to state learning standards that shift them further away from the controversial Common Core. The changes range from asking students to learn about money at younger grades to adjusting statistical analysis expectations to bringing back old expectations that students draw upon personal experiences and apply those to literature they read in class.

Some changes, like those above, affect what students are expected to learn and when. But most are just refinements of the language to add clarity or context. How much Ohio's standards will differ from the Common Core standards that Ohio adopted in 2010, even after the changes, is still being debated. Epic! - Books for Kids. Why Mobile Technology Enhances Instruction – The Tech Edvocate.

Reading: English reading activities and links for ESL/EFL students. Table of Contents Reading Excerpts with Textual Gloss JavaScript Required Each excerpt is taken from the readings below. By putting the cursor over an underlined word, you can see a definition of that word. By clicking on the Related Audio button, you can see a list of audio selections related to the readings. 6 Powerful Learning Strategies You MUST Share with StudentsCult of Pedagogy. A public dialogue about belief — one essay at a time. Power Lessons: "This I Believe" Essays. “Doing homework” by Predi is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 In this power lesson shared by high school English teacher Cynthia Ruiz, students write their own personal statements of belief.

The essay pushes students to write about something that matters to them and helps them get to know each other on a deeper level. I used to assign a “Letter to the Teacher” at the beginning of every year to get a snapshot of how a student writes while simultaneously learning background information. Being completely honest, this assignment is also an easy way to get the first few back-to-school days started when a 90-minute class period feels like 900 minutes, because everyone is typically on their best behavior and not talking much. Although I enjoy reading the letters, the assignment doesn’t lend itself to revising and is written only for a specific, one-person audience. The first time I assigned a “This I Believe” essay was in the fall of 2014, during the second week of school. Something I liked…

Fifth grade Lesson in Nonfiction Literature Stop and jot while reading. Connection (3-5 mins): Readers, you now all have strategies for selecting books but as readers we have to also be thinkers. One way to help us think while we read is to stop at important parts and jot down our thinking. Today and tomorrow we will try out different places to stop and jot as we read. Teach (10-12 mins): Students should be seated on the carpet with a composition notebook and a pencil. Jot-Charting. Reading Educator. Raft strategy. 5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb. RAFT Writing Template. Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson. Using the RAFT Writing Strategy. Graphic Novels in the Classroom: A Teacher Roundtable. The links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links. Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing.

It's the first writing conference, four weeks into the year, with this blond senior. Ferdinand de Saussure. Ferdinand Mongin de Saussure (/sɔːˈsʊər/ or /soʊˈsʊər/; French: [fɛʁdinɑ̃ də sosyʁ]; 26 November 1857 – 22 February 1913) was a Swiss linguist and semiotician. His ideas laid a foundation for many significant developments both in linguistics and semiology in the 20th century.[3][4] He is widely considered one of the founders of 20th-century linguistics[5][6][7][8] and one of two major founders (together with Charles Sanders Peirce) of semiotics/semiology.[9] Biography[edit] He was born in Geneva in 1857. His father was Henri Louis Frédéric de Saussure, a chemist, entomologist, and taxonomist.

Saussure showed signs of considerable talent and intellectual ability as early as the age of fourteen.[13] After a year of studying Latin, Ancient Greek and Sanskrit and taking a variety of courses at the University of Geneva, he commenced graduate work at the University of Leipzig in 1876. Seesaw. Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events. 3457 10402 1 PB. Krashen sla. Choice Literacy - Articles & Videos - Full Article. Collins Writing Program Introduction. What Makes the Collins Writing Program Unique? "Writing is Thinking on Paper" Core 6: Write to Learn. Free Fiction & Nonfiction Literacy Resources, Curriculum, & Assessment Materials for Middle & High School English Language Arts.

Your Partner in the Fight for Better Literacy. Matching Student Resources With Student Experiences. A child growing up today has unprecedented access to books, from audiobooks played through apps to the seemingly old but always relevant printed book. In this world of easy access to text, there is still something missing: books that represent all children. A student of color must scour the children's aisles to find a book that even in the most remote sense reflects him or her. It's seemingly innocuous how a multitude of sample math problems reference Tom or Sally. The innocent white faces gazing up from textbooks unknowingly remind students that as the U.S. becomes more diverse, our materials and resources still fail to do so. On transfer as the goal in literacy (7th in a series) The Best Group Writing Tool. 16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms.

Using Hexagon Learning for categorisation, linkage and prioritisation. Social Justice Books for Kids to Teach about Global Issues. The History of Writing - Where the Story Begins - Extra History. The Differentiator. Simple Reading Strategy To Help Students: Bookmarks. MakeWriting Interior Final. 18 Fun and Simple Creative Writing Activities. Bonus c01 Art. Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners: Practical Strategies to Develop Higher-Order Thinking Skills - Larry Ferlazzo, Katie Hull Sypnieski. 9 Tips for Engaging Your English Class with Pop Culture.

Why Is My Kid Allowed to Make Spelling Mistakes? The Jigsaw Method. Storytelling Tips from a Master. Quest - Write text adventure games and interactive stories. Text-Based Games. MeetingWords: Realtime Collaborative Text Editing. Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events. För skrivande. Storybird Introduction for Educators Part 1. Storybird - Artful Storytelling. Online Language Games. Creating Characters. Storybird - Artful Storytelling.