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English Language Arts, Mathematical Functions, Science, US Government, World History, Reading Standards for Informational Text Lesson Plans | Literacy Across the Core Curriculum | Share My Lesson. Reading List: Books with Literary Merit - stokespreapenglish. There is no summer reading assignment for Pre AP English.

However, the reality is that the more students read now the better they will do on standardized tests (ACT/SAT, not just EOC) and the eventual AP examinations in their junior and senior year. Below are some novel lists that you may use to build your own summer lists. I have also included a definition of "Literary Merit," a term that pops up in AP classes. Is it necessarily so that students should read AP novels (novels with proven "literary merit") over the summer?

No. But students should be reading. Many students have asked me to define what the term actually means. "A work is said to have literary merit (to be a work of art) if it is a work of quality, that is if it has some aesthetic value. That is to say, a work of literary merit will stick around after years of scrutiny by literary critics and readers alike. Following are several links to reputable lists of works that have "literary merit. " Novel lists Pulitzer Prize Winners.

27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding. 27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding Checking for understanding is the foundation of teaching. Whether you’re using formative assessment for data to personalize learning within a unit, or more summative data to refine a curriculum map, the ability to quickly and easily check for understanding is a critical part of what you do. (Which was the idea behind our post last March, “10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds Or Less.”)

The following infographic Mia MacMeekin offers up 27 additional ways to check for understanding. Some aren’t necessarily quick–“Test what you learned in a new situation”–but there are a dozen or more other ideas that are worth adding to your teacher toolbox, many of which aren’t content-related, but rather cognitively-related (Locate 3 people who agree with your point of view.) Good stuff. Image attribution flickr user deepcwind and miamacmeekin; 27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding.

Journey North Reading Strategies. Content Area Reading Strategies Activate Prior Knowledge Adjust Reading Rate/Rereading Ask Questions: Before, During, and After Reading Classify or Categorize Information Compare and Contrast Ideas Distinguish Facts from Opinions Identify and Analyze Text Structure Identify Author’s Purpose: Why Did the Author Write the Selection? Identify Author’s Viewpoint: What Does the Author Think?

Identify Main Ideas and Supporting Details Make Inferences and Draw Conclusions Make Generalizations Make and Refine Predictions Paraphrase/Retell Recognize Cause and Effect Relationships Sequence Events Summarize Information Synthesize New Information Use Context Clues to Decipher Unfamiliar Words Visualize Images From Text. Five Things I Know About Close Reading. Most people reading this probably got here because the title of this post includes the phrase "Close Reading. " Even more than Common Core, "close reading" is the phrase I hear most often in literacy instructional circles, but what does close reading mean and why are we all talking about it?

First of all, the phrase "close reading" is not actually in the CCSS. From my (admittedly inexpert) survey, I don't find it there. My grade level reading standards don't mention it in literature or informational text. The closest wording I found is in the anchor standards, which say, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. From the idiomatic direction to "read closely," we have progressed to a pedagogical strategy of "Close Reading.

" 1. In my world, close reading is something teachers and students do together. 2. 3. 4. 5. Reading Comprehension Strategies - South Portland High School Literacy Website. Random House for High School Teachers | Home. Books Coming in 2017 That We Want to Read Now, Please. The One-Step Process for Creating More Reading Independence.

Beth Shaum presentations | SlideShare. Kylenebeers presentations. The Kittle Classroom - Exposed! Ep 11 of the Book Love Foundation Podcast - Teacher Learning Sessions - Why Read Infographic. Making the most of independent reading using student conferences. Newbery/Caldecott 2017: The Summer Prediction Edition. BL Kittle handouts 2014. Tovani Reading Strategies. How Do You Get Teenagers to Read Seriously? A Personal Journey. This is a guest post by journalist David Denby. Five years ago, I asked myself a question that was simple enough in form but profound in its implications: How in the world do you get fifteen-year-olds, many of them immersed in screens, to read seriously? I chose fifteen-year-olds—tenth graders—because they are running through a period in their lives when crucial issues of identity (straight or gay?

College or military? What kind of work?) Claim a lot of their attention. I am a journalist and, for forty-five years, a movie critic (most recently for The New Yorker). I wound up “embedding” for an entire academic year in a single tenth-grade English class in a Manhattan public school. The teacher was a dynamo named Sean Leon, a man in his late thirties, of mixed American and Irish heritage. Like many good teachers, Mr. By the end of the year, I knew I would be able to create an organic narrative, but I also knew that Mr. My book was called Lit Up: One Reporter. Related November 25, 2016. How Reading Logs Can Ruin Kids' Pleasure for Books - The Atlantic. Children who read regularly for pleasure, who are avid and self-directed readers, are the holy grail for parents and educators. Reading for pleasure has considerable current and future benefits: Recreational readers tend to have higher academic achievement and greater economic success, and even display more civic-mindedness.

But recreational reading is on the decline. According to a National Endowment for the Arts report based on longitudinal data from a series of large, national surveys, the rate at which teens voluntarily read for pleasure has declined by 50 percent over the last 20 years. Reading now competes for children’s time with many other alluring activities, including television, social media, and video games.

Most leisure time is now spent in front of a screen. The goal of these logs is to promote the habit of recreational reading, or at least to create the appearance of it. For example, in a post on her blog for parents, one fifth-grade teacher explains: a13 cris tovani. CT Afternoon Breakout. "So What Do They Really Know" by Cris Tovani. Ways to Help Students Hold Their Thinking from Cris Tovani. Cris Tovani. 796.3JournalReflections.Tovani2.

Seven Strategies for Improving Comprehension. 1. Monitoring Comprehension Think about a time you read something and did not understand it. What did you do? You probably used a fix-up strategy: reread, read ahead, asked an expert, sought assistance, looked at another source, thought aloud, put the reading aside and then came back to it, slowed down your reading rate, visualized, or used some other strategy to repair meaning. According to Armbuster et al., (2001) monitoring teaches students to be aware of what they do understand, identify what they do not understand, and use appropriate "fix-up" strategies to resolve problems in comprehension. Tovani (2000) has identified six signals that a reader is stuck. These include: When the voice inside the reader's head does not interact with the text. Good readers use metacognitive strategies to think about, and have control over, their reading.

Fix-Up Strategies According to Tovani (2002), when meaning breaks down, readers need to repair it. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Summarizing also involves: Inner Voice Graphic Organizer 2012 03 02. FixUpDetails. The Official Roald Dahl Website - Educators. SupermanandMe. 5 Reasons I Read Aloud to High School Students.

No one doubts the benefits of reading aloud to students. Walk into any elementary classroom, and you will find teachers reading to their kids. By high school, however, this has usually stopped. Teenagers are expected to be responsible and take their learning into their own hands. This is, after all, ultimately the goal. We want to send out responsible, self-sufficient adults into the world. I’m all for independence, but I still take the time to read aloud to my high school English classes. Here’s why. 1. When you listen to great literature, you experience and absorb the book in a different way. 2. When I’m reading to my students, they hear things like word pronunciation, dialect, and pacing. Dialect can also come out when you’re being read to, like when someone is reading Shakespeare or Huckleberry Finn. 3. I work in a school where my students are often more worried about what they’re going to eat that night or if they’re going to have a place to sleep. 4. 5.

Why Reading Literature in High-School English Class Should Educate the Emotions - The Atlantic. I’d drawn a little tombstone on the board. I was in the middle of leading a class of 10th-grade English students through Piggy’s death scene in Lord of the Flies: the rock, the shattered conch, Piggy’s long fall, the red stuff flowing out, the twitching legs. The corners of her eyes bubbling, a 15-year-old girl dashed for the door. When I spoke with her after class, the student explained that she identified with Piggy. Being studious, fearful of bullies, and a bit of an outsider, it upset her to casually discuss his violent death. Piggy’s demise was not the symbolic death of order or logic, but the murder of a kid like her. In my experience teaching and observing other teachers, students spend a lot of time learning academic skills and rarely even talk about the emotional reactions they may have to what they read—even when stories, as they often do, address dark themes.

These stories should be familiar. Such themes may also make art better. As an example, Hogan cited Othello. Uk.businessinsider. Sean Gallup / Getty Images Smartphones and tablets are so well-designed that even children can use them, but that doesn't necessarily mean they should. A growing body of research is finding that too much screen time gets in the way of healthier things kids should be doing, such as playing, studying, and sleeping. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics just recently amended its guidelines to limit screen time among kids 18 months to 5 years old to just one hour per day. Kids younger than a year and a half have no business sitting in front of screens, the AAP says. There is one ancient piece of technology that does help kids become more curious learners, however: the humble book.

"The power of reading with somebody else is that you get to test out some of your notions of the world," Shane Bergin, physicist and education expert at University College Dublin, tells Business Insider. That interaction between parent and child is what counts most for Bergin. Ethicalela. Book Clubs for Secondary Classrooms. An English teacher’s life is packed, and for the most part on top of that, we are doing more than just teaching English. For me, I’m the yearbook adviser, the graduation coordinator, senior class sponsor, member of the leadership committee, etc. I’m sure your situation is similar. So, when I can cut down on what I might be doing in my English class that causes me more work (and doesn’t really benefit the students more than another choice I could make) I look at revising it. Therefore, one year the cut came to literature circles. In fact, I had done them several times, several ways and hated (I know that is a strong word, but really) so much that instead of revising it, I cut it completely for several years – until another idea hit me.

So before I launch into what I do instead of literature circles, let me make my case against them. 1) Each student reads the SAME book. 3) We do meet in small groups weekly. 4) Students do have choices. One Semester of a Workshop Classroom: A Reflection by Jessica Paxson | Three Teachers Talk. It’s December. If you’re like me (i.e. HONEST), you’ve begun your Very Important Countdowns (V.I.C.s). Okay, so I’m not counting down until next school year yet. First, that would be incredibly overwhelming. Second, I maybe sorta cry any time someone mentions these students no longer being with me every day. However, I am certain (a.k.a. extremely hopeful) I’m not alone in tending to focus far too much on what I can do better, but hardly at all on the victories of the year. I thought it would be best to reflect publicly on these victories in the hope that others might reflect on their own faithfulness in the trenches.

Student Victory #1: Seyi. Seyi assured me on the first day of school that I would not be able to find him a book he would enjoy. Reality Moment #1: I’ve had trouble making any other books stick with him. Student Victory #2: Edgar. Edgar reminds me of myself in that he decides he has an aversion to something and sticks with it. Student Victory #3: Tiffany. Like this: Interrupted reading: Slowing students down to dive deeper into a passage.

One frustration I have in teaching analysis sometimes is that my students often want to rush through a text as if they’re taking some kind of high stakes timed multiple choice exam. They seem to have a mindset of getting it done rather than recognizing and understanding the richness in a passage. When I want students to slow down and really look closely at the choices a writer makes, I pull out a technique I learned from Larry Scanlon at a Bellevue, WA AP Summer Institute years ago. He called it an interrupted reading because you don’t allow the students to read the whole selection right away. An interrupted reading breaks the text into small chunks, each one to be examined thoroughly before moving on to the next. This forces students to focus on short bits for extended periods of time. Larry introduced it to us using the introduction to Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez.

The first section is the entire first paragraph: “I have taken Caliban’s advice. So the steps are this: How To Eat A Book. How Response Notebooks Differ From Reading Logs | The Educators Room. When I moved from teaching high school to teaching 8th grade English three years ago, I was introduced to an independent reading requirement: each student would read one book of their own choosing each quarter. How we chose to implement this requirement was up to the teacher, but each student had to produce a product of some sort at the end of each quarter that showed they read the book they chose. This happened to coincide with an important, career changing experience I had-attending a Penny Kittle workshop. I walked away from that day determined to not just give my students choice in what they read, but to give them more authentic ways to talk about what they read.

I wanted to foster a love of reading, not just get students to comply with a requirement, or worse–heap on more reasons to hate the written word. I wanted to foster a love of reading, not just get students to comply with a requirement Click To Tweet After reading time is Response Time. 16 17 Summer Packet for FPC Incoming 9th graders. Summer Reading and the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap | An Educator Responds to Questions. Schools sending students off on summer vacation and public libraries gearing up to get kids excited about summer reading programs are both in the business of making sure children become fluent, engaged readers. Unfortunately, the results of those efforts aren’t necessarily equal for kids in lower-income situations.

Richard L. Allington, co-author of Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap (Teachers College and International Reading Association, 2013) talks about the reasons for that disparity and offers research-based suggestions for solving the problem, with particular ideas for librarians. It’s no secret that kids often don’t keep up their reading skills over the summer. What particular obstacles do low-income students encounter more often? We completed a longitudinal study of the effects of providing children from low-income families with 12 to 15 self-selected books every summer. Why aren’t current efforts to close the reading achievement gap working? References: #NCTE14 J.44 A Reader’s Workshop Starter Kit to Jumpstart the Process | Three Teachers Talk. 5 Reasons Reading Conferences Matter–Especially in High School English | Three Teachers Talk. Five things you can do to guarantee your students will read | Three Teachers Talk. Ww2.kqed. From the Classroom: Fearless Reading (and Analysis) | write.share.connect.

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This is What Happens to Students When They Read the 'Great Books' Reading Philosophy on Your Own. Boston College Prof: "6 Books I Would Assign to Save Western Civilization" Five Things I Know About Close Reading. How Teens Benefit From Reading About the Struggles of Scientists. Notebooks NCTE 2012. NCTE Fearless handouts. Books Guys Dig. 37 YA Books You Need To Add To Your Reading List. Notice and Note.