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Low-Stakes Writing: Writing to Learn, Not Learning to Write University Park Campus School (UPCS) uses low-stakes writing every day and in every subject to foster student voice, self-confidence, and critical thinking skills. Low-stakes writing is a tool to help students build comfort with sharing and developing their thoughts through writing. A defining element of low-stakes writing is how it's graded -- the grade doesn't carry a lot of weight. This removes much of the pressure from having to do the assignment a certain way, putting value instead on student thought, expression, and learning, rather than punctuation, grammar, or getting a correct answer the first time. "The most important thing about it for me is that it's not censored, and it's not too highly structured," explains James Kobialka, a UPCS seventh-grade science teacher. “Students aren't being told exactly what to do.

21st Century Literacies The Definition of 21st Century Literacies Adopted by the NCTE Executive CommitteeFebruary 15, 2008 Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies—from reading online newspapers to participating in virtual classrooms—are multiple, dynamic, and malleable.

Synthesizing While Reading by Jill & Cathy on March 27, 2013 Synthesizing is when readers change their thinking as they read. They are working to put together all of the strategies you have taught them to form thoughts, opinions and conclusions. Synthesizing can be difficult to teach because it involves so many pieces. O'Reilly Open Books Project O'Reilly has published a number of Open Books--books with various forms of "open" copyright--over the years. The reasons for "opening" copyright, as well as the specific license agreements under which they are opened, are as varied as our authors. Perhaps a book was outdated enough to be put out of print, yet some people still needed the information it covered. Or the author or subject of a book felt strongly that it should be published under a particular open copyright. Maybe the book was written collectively by a particular community, as in the case of our Community Press books.

Reading Workshop Strategies Reading Workshop is a powerful way to structure your reading class. Using this model involves encouraging your students to choose their own books as well as providing significant amounts of time for them to read independently. By allowing your students to choose their own books, you can foster a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Research shows that when children spend more time reading, they become better readers. Primary and Secondary Sources Explained by Common Craft Way back in 1703, a massive storm hit the southern coast of England. It was a hurricane known as the Great Storm and it took over 8,000 lives. Today we know quite a bit about that storm and what actually happened when it came ashore. We know so much because we have a reliable way to research and document events, places, and people who matter. Using two major kinds of sources, we can establish the facts and information that represent the most accurate version of events. Here’s how it works.

Teachers Are the Center of Education: Writing, Learning and Leading in the Digital Age Date: May 17, 2010 Summary: Teachers Are the Center of Education is part of a series of reports highlighting the importance of teachers and the quality of their work. This report features eight Writing Project teachers by spotlighting their innovative use of digital tools for writing and learning. Mr. Nussbaum Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension Most Popular Games on Place Value Pirates Tony Fraction's Pizza Shop Journal of Writing Research - JoWR Current issue TABLE OF CONTENTSVol. 8, No. 2 | October 2016 SPECIAL ISSUE Towards a blueprint for successful collaborative writing in educational and professional settings? Guest Editor | Elke Van Steendam Editorial: Forms of Collaboration in Writing Elke Van SteendamJournal of Writing Research, 8(2), 183-204Abstract | PDF | Collaborative writing of argumentative syntheses from multiple sources: The role of writing beliefs and strategies in addressing controversy Isabel Cuevas, Mar Mateos, Elena Martín, María Luna, Ana Martín, Mariana Solari, Jara González-Lamas & Isabel MartínezJournal of Writing Research, 8(2), 205-226Abstract | PDF | Understanding the Effects of Receiving Peer Feedback for Text Revision: Relations between Author and Reviewer Ability Melissa M. Patchan and Christian D.

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