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6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject. As avid lovers of literature, teachers often find themselves wanting to impart every bit of knowledge about a well-loved text to their students. And this is not just an ELA issue—other disciplines also often focus on the content of a text. However, teaching reading skills in English classes and across the disciplines is an almost guaranteed way to help students retain content. Unfortunately, the tendency to focus on the content is a real enemy to the ultimate goal of building reading skills. Without a repertoire of reading strategies that can be applied to any text, students are being shortchanged in their education. In order to teach students to read effectively, teachers must be sure that they are not simply suppliers of information on a particular text but also instructors of techniques to build reading skills.

Teach Close Reading Skills Guide students in annotation by directing them to do more than highlight or underline. Appeal to the Senses Guide Students in Setting Reading Goals. 10 Tips to Improve Your Reading Comprehension - Improve Your Reading Part I. ShareAmerica | Connect with America. Homepage | Mission Statement CSAL is committed to understanding reading-related characteristics that are critical to helping adult learners reach their reading goals and to developing instructional approaches that are tailored to adult learners’ needs and interests.

CSAL General Overview Each year, nearly 3 million Americans enroll in adult literacy programs to improve their basic skills, and some estimates suggest the need is even greater. Adults in these programs want to increase their literacy skills to improve aspects of their work, family, social, and civic lives. However, we do not completely understand their underlying reading-related strengths and weaknesses, nor do we know the best curricula and teaching approaches to help them reach their reading goals.

Institutions Funding for this Center comes from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Accessibility Policy. Are You a Learner? | We have a lot of great things for you to read! There are easier, medium, and harder stories. Everyone is different. You might find some harder stories easier to read because you know a lot about the subject. You might also find that some easier stories may not be so easy because they have words that you find hard to read. We hope you try reading all kinds of stories!

Click on the blue word to find EASIER, MEDIUM, or HARDER stories to read. There are also different subjects to read about, like health or family. HEALTH | FOOD | BABIES | CHILDREN AGES 2-12 | TEENAGERS | FAMILIES | ADVICE | NON-FICTION (REAL LIFE STORIES) | FICTION (MADE-UP STORIES) | JOBS and WORK | MONEY | HISTORY | SCIENCE | OTHER When you find what you want to read, you will go to a different web page. VocabSushi: The better way to build your vocabulary. Glogin?mobile=1&URI= The Power of 'Good Enough' — Atlantic Mobile. How settling can make people happier and more satisfied than gunning for "the best" Over a decade ago, psychologist Barry Schwartz published what might be the ultimate psychological life-hacking tome, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less.​

In it, Schwartz argues that the modern world's smorgasbord of options—Brawny or Bounty? Coke Zero or Diet? Major in sociology or anthropology? —makes us less happy, not more. The book spawned the usual TED talks and counterintuitive Internet takes. One of my favorite Schwartzisms is this: If you ever aren't sure if you attended the very best party or bought the very best computer, just settle for "good enough. " The reason this happens, as Schwartz explained in a paper with his Swarthmore colleague Andrew Ward, is that as life circumstances improve, expectations rise.

As people have contact with items of high quality, they begin to suffer from “the curse of discernment.” It can be hard, in our culture, to force yourself to settle for "good enough. " Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. The Fury Over Chirlane McCray’s Trousers. The Fury Over Chirlane McCray’s Trousers. To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This. 99 Tiny Stories to Make You Think, Smile and Cry. Popular 4th Grade Books. The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time.

We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. In the… We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. In the likes of Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen, they’ve produced characters and conceits that have become the currency of our pop-culture discourse—and inspired some of our best writers to contribute to the genre. To honor the best books for young adults and children, TIME compiled this survey in consultation with respected peers such as U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, children’s-book historian Leonard Marcus, the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress, the Every Child a Reader literacy foundation and 10 independent booksellers. LIST: The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time Little, Brown.

Does Nature Make Us Happy? Marilyn Price-Mitchell In today’s age of high technology, research shows that our hunger for the natural world still endures. In fact, our connections with nature could just be the best medicine for people of all ages—improving our health, happiness, and well-being. Those same connections could also heal the planet. Few would disagree that our natural and cognitive worlds have grown disconnected. Most of us, particularly children, spend far less time in nature today than in recent decades. We don’t have to look far into history to know that humans evolved in natural settings and were deeply connected to their ecological environments. Several particularly interesting studies were published recently in Environment and Behavior by John Zelenski and Elizabeth Nisbet. The Link between Nature and Happiness In the first study, they measured people’s feelings of connectedness across many spheres, including nature. Important Findings on Nature Relatedness References Louv, R. (2008).

Zelenski, J. Visualize the Good and the Bad. The Positive Power of Negative Thinking. But Mr. Robbins and his acolytes have little time for physics. To them, it’s all a matter of mind-set: cultivate the belief that success is guaranteed, and anything is possible. One singed but undeterred participant told The San Jose Mercury News: “I wasn’t at my peak state.” What if all this positivity is part of the problem? What if we’re trying too hard to think positive and might do better to reconsider our relationship to “negative” emotions and situations?

Consider the technique of positive visualization, a staple not only of Robbins-style seminars but also of corporate team-building retreats and business best sellers. According to research by the psychologist Gabriele Oettingen and her colleagues, visualizing a successful outcome, under certain conditions, can make people less likely to achieve it. Or take affirmations, those cheery slogans intended to lift the user’s mood by repeating them: “I am a lovable person!” Mr. Reading Practice. Reading. 10 Great Novels About the Immigrant Experience. This week saw the release of Karolina Waclawiak’s debut novel How to Get Into the Twin Palms, a wonderful little book that made us fall in love with the idea of the immigrant novel all over again. A Polish émigré herself, Waclawiak’s tale is a twist on the traditional coming-to-America novel, her heroine an immigrant trying to pass as another kind of immigrant, testing the waters, in the LA heat.

But off-center as it may be, the book got us thinking about some of our favorite novels about the immigrant experience, a few of which we’ve collected here — read through our list of great fictional immigrant and émigré stories after the jump, and as ever, if we’ve missed your own favorite, please add it to our list in the comments! How to Get Into the Twin Palms, Karolina Waclawiak In Karolina Waclawiak’s excellent, if slight, debut novel, Anya (not her real name) is a Polish immigrant in LA at odds with her heritage but not quite ready to embrace an American self either.