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Seven Benefits of Extensive Reading for English Language Students - Kieran Donaghy. What is extensive Reading?

Seven Benefits of Extensive Reading for English Language Students - Kieran Donaghy

In simple terms Extensive Reading is reading as many easy books as possible for pleasure, and can be contrasted with intensive reading which is slow, careful reading of a short, difficult text. Day and Bamford (1998), Day (2002), Prowse (2002), and Maley (2008 and 2009) have identified a number of key characteristics of Extensive Reading in language learning. Here is a digest of what I think are the seven most important principles for successful Extensive Reading: How to... Spot undetected problem readers – and how to help them. The obvious issue with undetected problem readers is that they can be very difficult to identify.

How to... Spot undetected problem readers – and how to help them

Children may have spent years hiding their issues and at large schools like ours − which face more visible challenges like a high special educational needs and disability cohort and many English as an additional language students − it is easy to imagine that a child who secretly struggles with reading might fly under the radar. This could be the pupil whose hard work and positive attitude to learning masks their poor literacy skills. It could be the child whose inability to access the curriculum leads to poor behaviour, which then becomes the focus. Or it might be the pupil who can read aloud fluently without understanding the meaning of the words. Great Websites for Read Aloud Books & Read to Me Stories.

Kids love to hear stories - ask any child and I'll bet they tell you that one of their favorite parts of their day is read-aloud and storytime!

Great Websites for Read Aloud Books & Read to Me Stories

Listening to a book helps kids to develop better concentration and listening skills, engages their imagination, increases their vocabulary and enhances their desire to be a reader as they grow. I love to encourage parents to read to their child each day. Arbordale Publishing. 700 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free. Get FREE Audio Books from and Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you'll find great works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more.

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We’ve made all our FREE eBooks tablet-friendly, simply join us or log in above. sign up log in. Library. The Official Website of Robert Munsch. The Official Website of Robert Munsch. 7,000+ Free Audio Books & eBook Downloads - Loyal Books. Juvenile fiction. Help with reading books -- Report a bad link -- Suggest a new listing Home -- Search -- New Listings -- Authors -- Titles -- Subjects -- Serials Books -- News -- Features -- Archives -- The Inside Story Edited by John Mark Ockerbloom ( copyright and licenses.

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All Stories Archives - Page 3 of 58. Storynory - Free Audio Stories for Kids. Great Websites for Read Aloud Books & Read to Me Stories. National Geographic Young Explorer (Student Magazine) National Geographic Young Explorer (Student Magazine) Storyline Online - Where Reading Is Fun! Great Websites for Read Aloud Books & Read to Me Stories. Finding Free Kids Books Online. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter for all our latest finds!!

Finding Free Kids Books Online

We're heading out for summer vacation soon and I asked my daughter what she wants to bring in her suitcase - her 'very important items' include a swimsuit, blankie & 32 books! So, as a parent, here's where I jump up and down saying 'Yea! She loves to read! " but the practical side of me says there's no way we can pack that many books. Not to mention, she's a voracious reader (finishes a book off faster than an ice cream cone!) So, I did some research on where we can find some online books & reading material for vacation and I thought I would share. Hope you find something to keep the kids happy and engaged too! One of the original places to find books online, Project Gutenberg takes books whose US copyright has expired and places them on the web in a digital copy.

5 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension. What clicked?

5 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension

What clunked? Imagine asking students these questions about reading comprehension. Will students love it? Many will and some might not, but you’re certainly more likely to intrigue young readers with “click” and “clunk” than with other traditional reading comprehension questions. 7,000+ Free Audio Books & eBook Downloads - Loyal Books. 15 Tips for Building Fluent Readers. Eltchat [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Metacognitive Reading Strategies. Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction. They tend to be more empathetic toward others.

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction

It's not news that reading has countless benefits: Poetry stimulates parts of the brain linked to memory and sparks self-reflection; kids who read the Harry Potter books tend to be better people. But what about people who only read newspapers? Or people who scan Twitter all day? Are those readers' brains different from literary junkies who peruse the pages of 19th century fictional classics? Short answer: Yes — reading enhances connectivity in the brain. The study: A 2013 Emory University study looked at the brains of fiction readers. Specifically, researchers found heightened connectivity in the left temporal cortex, part of the brain typically associated with understanding language.

It may sound hooey hooey, but it's true: Fiction readers make great friends as they tend to be more aware of others' emotions. In the study, empathy was only apparent in the groups of people who read fiction and who were emotionally transported. Lisa Guernsey: Why eReading With Your Kid Can Impede Learning. A sizeable number of young kids will be getting e-readers this Christmas.

Lisa Guernsey: Why eReading With Your Kid Can Impede Learning

Though not everyone is plunging in — the New York Times recently reported that some adults are eschewing them for their children even while they embrace them for themselves — the appeal to parents is strong, especially when marketers pitch the devices as on-ramps to literacy. What today’s gift-givers may not know is that the devices can unintentionally cause parents to hamper their child’s learning.

This phenomenon first turned up a few years ago in research at Temple University on e-books for preschool and elementary school children. Instead of talking with their children about the content of the books, parents ended up spouting “do this, don’t do that” directives about how to use the devices. Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer. Gregory Currie, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nottingham, recently argued in the New York Times that we ought not to claim that literature improves us as people, because there is no “compelling evidence that suggests that people are morally or socially better for reading Tolstoy” or other great books.

Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer

Actually, there is such evidence. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, reported in studies published in 2006 and 2009 that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. This link persisted even after the researchers factored in the possibility that more empathetic individuals might choose to read more novels. (MORE: Oprah as Harvard’s Commencement Speaker Is an Endorsement of Phony Science) None of this is likely to happen when we’re scrolling through TMZ. 5 things kids need... before they're ready to sound out words. The Myth of Close Reading: Infographic. Avid readers of Brilliant or Insane know that we typically frown on the Common Core and high stakes testing.

In one anti-Common Core post, I argue strongly against one of Common Core authors’ favorite strategies, “close reading.” I envision a room filled with 30 children, their faces perched two inches from a textbook, scanning the words as closely as possible. Ridiculous? Maybe. Teaching Comprehension. Literacy Centers. Retelling Center The Retelling Center is a place where students practice retelling familiar stories using scanned pictures. Retelling is done using a pocket charts, a flannel board, a magnetic board, and even a puppet theater. Retelling a story increases a student's depth of comprehension. Students are encourages to use transition words like first, next, then, and finally when retelling the stories. Fun with Spelling There are many ways to practice spelling words, patterns, and rules. Our History: Letters to the Children of Troy, May 1971. Though library service officially began in Troy in 1962, the current Troy Public Library building at 510 West Big Beaver was not opened until a decade later in 1971.

The original Library, in 1962, had 1,000 books and was housed at Troy High School. As the city's population swelled, so did the Library's collection. Grade 2 Reading Comprehension. English for Work - Vocabulary, Exercises and Printable Worksheets. Reading Strategies. Progressive Phonics - Progressive Phonics. Progressive Phonics is an all-in-one reading program that is easy, fun, and totally FREE---that's right, totally and completely free! And with Progressive Phonics, ANYONE can teach a child to read and write in just a few minutes a day, which makes it ideal for parents, teachers, tutors, volunteers and home-schoolers.

No experience necessary.