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Article on Close Reading. Welcome to the first post in our 7-week blog-a-thon on #closereading.

Article on Close Reading

We invite YOU to join in! Find more on how-to here. Several selected posts will be linked to on the Contributors page. Let’s closely read the practice of close reading together! Close Reading Isn’t Just Anything. Writing Discursive compositions (Secondary level) (Part 5): Introduction of Discursive essay (use of case studies) This is my fifth post on discursive writing.

Writing Discursive compositions (Secondary level) (Part 5): Introduction of Discursive essay (use of case studies)

For my first post, please click here. Having discussed the technique of historical development and cause and effect, let’s take a look at writing the introduction using a case study or case studies. A Great Poster on The 6 Questions Critical Thinker Asks. Deeper Learning Video Series. Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions. Text message (SMS) polls and voting, audience response system. Sqworl. 5 Excellent Web Tools For Giving Students Narrative Feedback.

5 Web Tools for Giving Students Narrative Feedback by Mark Barnes Teachers may reside in a society driven by standards and high stakes testing, but this doesn’t change the fact that the best way to evaluate learning is with formative assessment and narrative feedback.

5 Excellent Web Tools For Giving Students Narrative Feedback

Top 10 Picture Books for the Secondary Classroom. As a teacher of future English teachers, I am always trying to open my students’ eyes to the wonder and power of the picture book, both as an art form and as a terrific instructional tool for the secondary classroom.

Top 10 Picture Books for the Secondary Classroom

Being students of capital-L literature, my teacher-babies sometimes forget to consider these compact and powerful texts. Making Inferences, Too Many Tamales (Lesson Plan. Connections and Schema - The Reading Lady. Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students. What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.”

Historyteachers. 25 Of The Best Research Apps For iPad & Android. 25 Of The Best Research Apps For iPad & Android Out of all the reasons to use a tablet or smartphone in the classroom–or the library–mobile research might be among the most natural.

25 Of The Best Research Apps For iPad & Android

Whether a student is… …Google’ing, Wikipedia’ing, facebook’ing; A 6-Point Plan for Writing Success: Giving Our Students “The Write Stuff” - Columbus, OH. Most of us have counted down the days until spring.

A 6-Point Plan for Writing Success: Giving Our Students “The Write Stuff” - Columbus, OH

But this year, March, April, and May bring a bit of trepidation to many in the education community. Engagement and Personalization: Feedback Part 2. We know the relationship between feedback and achievement is strong.

Engagement and Personalization: Feedback Part 2

What about the relationship between feedback, personalization and, hence, motivation? The recently-released Gallup poll on American education in which hundreds of thousands students and teachers were polled is quite revealing. Rubrics. Making Feedback on Writing Easy - Earlier today, I received an email from's Anna regarding a beta service for offering feedback on online student writing.

Making Feedback on Writing Easy -

What's fascinating is the approach they take to accomplishing the feedback, which give the online feedback a "paper" approach. A Peek into our Nonfiction Research and Research Based Argument Essay Unit. Last week, we completed our Nonfiction Research Unit and Research Based Argument Essay Unit, which are integrated units in reading and writing workshops.

A Peek into our Nonfiction Research and Research Based Argument Essay Unit

Below are the charts we created as a class during the unit. I tried to put the charts in the order (somewhat) that we created them in to help give you a snapshot of what our work looked like in our classroom. At the beginning of each unit, I always launch it by discussing the purpose of the unit with my students and WHY we are learning this set of skills. After identifying the purpose, we also think about which skills/strategies we can transfer from our previous unit to the new unit. Below you will see our two charts for these lessons: #CommonCore Radio. Common Core Radio. Depth of Knowledge. Dok_bloom.pdf. Dok_chart.pdf. CognitiveRigorMatrixReadingWriting. How to Create a Bibliography in Google Documents. One of the most useful new Add-ons for Google Documents is the EasyBib Bibliography Creator.

How to Create a Bibliography in Google Documents

The EasyBib Bibliography Creator makes it easy to properly cite resources and format a bibliography in APA, MLA, or Chicago style. The screenshots below provide directions for the process. (Click the images to view them in full size). Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: 5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention. If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into authentic learning experiences from the beginning of each unit, while at the same time including opportunities for feedback, metacognition and revision, we promote a variety of cognitive and emotional benefits that can lead to academic success. Class Discussion to Encourage Critical Thinking: Resources for Grades 9-12.

About Socratic Seminars Socratic Seminars: Patience & Practice <img class="media-image media-element file-content-image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/content_image_breakpoints_theme_edutopia_desktop_1x/public/content/73/video.gif? Itok=pmoQLTDv" alt="" /> (Teaching Channel, 2013) At Mountain View High School in Mountain View, California, teacher Paige Price discusses how she uses Socratic Seminars in her classroom to address the question, “What’s the purpose of poetic language?” Make sure to check out the supporting materials related to the featured activities, including scoring and student preparation guides. Deeper Learning: Resources. Writing Discursive compositions (Secondary level) (Part I): Differences between discursive and argumentative essays. I am going to start a series of blog posts on discursive writing at the secondary level, beginning with this post on the differences between discursive writing and argumentative writing.

I hope that this series of post will benefit secondary school students in Singapore who have a strong interest in penning such essays but lack the technical and/or logical reasoning skills to write a remarkable piece of writing. PrepTEC Post 1. Hacker, The Bedford Handbook 8e BCS. Special Field Exam « Graduate Resources « The Center for Writing Studies, Illinois. Writing In/Across the Disciplines - Karen J. Lunsford Theory and Practice. Shaped By Writing. Preparing Students for the Future. RSA Animate. Teaching Complex Texts: A Guide. El201403_takeaways. ELA Resources. Common Core's Triangle of Text Complexity Explained. Ford Destroys Cadillac's Rich Guy Ad. Written Conversations about Reading. Written Conversations about Reading: Reader Response Journals. Teacher (Primary_Ed) sur Twitter. Teaching Graphic Novels. Timeless Advice on Writing from Famous Authors.

Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Worksheets. Depth of Knowledge with Karin Hess. Depth of Knowledge in the 21st Century. Department of Instructional Technology. One-Page Nonfiction Reading/Thinking Passages Aligned with Core Priorities. The Real Story of a “Rosie the Riveter”: a Ford Motor Company Employee - Press Release. Until World War II, the automotive industry was a mostly male bastion. But with so many men called to serve, more women than ever before sought employment. While their fathers, sons, husbands and friends fought in Europe and Asia, women served the war effort right at home, filling in quickly and capably. Women Were Integral to the War Effort In 1943, two years after the United States entered World War II, more than 30 percent of Ford workers in the machining and assembly departments were women.

Women built jeeps, B-24 aircraft, and tractors. Writing about Reading...Constructed Response Resources. 70 useful sentences for academic writing. BlogRubric-vvs4bd. Great Gatsby movie compared to the book: How faithful is it to F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel? A detailed comparison. Writing BIG 8.doc.

20110928111055_949.pdf. Squishy Not Slick - A list of reasons why teaching The Great Gatsby is so much better now than it was five years ago. Research shows long-run benefit of English instruction. Infographic: “How Does The Act Of Writing Affect Your Brain? College readiness article.

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Text Complexity. DEEPER READING ARTICLES, WEB SITES, AND APPS. More close reading. Scaffolding reading and writing to the CC. Mentor texts. RIGOR Required by CC. Feedback. Protocols. Writing Well. Writing to Text ELA course resources. Videos.