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Kelly Gallagher – Resources

Kelly Gallagher – Resources
Part of the reason my students have such a hard time reading is because they bring little prior knowledge and background to the written page. They can decode the words, but the words remain meaningless without a foundation of knowledge. To help build my students’ prior knowledge, I assign them an "Article of the Week" every Monday morning. By the end of the school year I want them to have read 35 to 40 articles about what is going on in the world. It is not enough to simply teach my students to recognize theme in a given novel; if my students are to become literate, they must broaden their reading experiences into real-world text. Below you will find the articles I assigned* this year (2013-2014) to my students. "How Earth Got Its Tectonic Plates/On Saturn's Moon Titan, Scientists Catch Waves in Methane Lakes" by Monte Morin for the Los Angeles Times and by Amina Kahn for the Los Angeles Times, respectively "Hard Evidence: Are We Beating Cancer?"

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Articles of the Week Articles of the Week are utilized in all Reading and Literature classes weekly. Articles are available online for students to print from home and are updated on weekly. Expect to receive a new article each Wednesday. Articles will be due the following Wednesday. For questions about this week's assignment, please email Mrs. Online Sources for Informational Text A big shout-out to my friend and colleague, Dawn Reynolds, for snagging some great sites as sources of short web-based articles for kids. Last year, Dawn and I collaborated on a reciprocal teaching reading project, we have been scouring the Internet to find short articles (mostly non-fiction) to practice the reciprocal teaching strategies. Once we find a great short article (preferrably related to the science and social studies content) we use to convert the web-based article into a pdf document (and get rid of the web junk on the left and right of the webpage. Here are some other great sources for finding informational text online:

Pathways to the Common Core Book Study Bundle by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, Christopher Lehman - Heinemann Publishing Lucy Calkins, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, Mary Ehrenworth, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, Christopher Lehman ISBN 978-0-325-04394-4 / 0-325-04394-9 / 2012 / bundle Imprint: Heinemann Availability: In Stock Grade Level: K - 12th *Price and availability subject to change without notice. More Products From Lucy Calkins More Products From Mary Ehrenworth More Products From Christopher Lehman Mrs. Martinez's 6th Grade Language Arts Jefferson Middle School Friday, February 21, 2014 StarterGet out a piece of a paper and something to write with. ClassToday, students read and annotated Will Winter Ever End Abridged Article. Then, they worked on Article of the Week #9 – Sentence Types (skip #2) on their own or in groups while I gave out the scores for RIA #2. Please see me with questions about your scores.

ESL News New ZealandGrammy Awards » ESL News New Zealand You probably already know that Lorde won two Grammy awards yesterday. She had been nominated for four awards and won two. She won the Best Pop Solo Performance. She and her co-song-writer Joel Little, won the Song of the Year for the song Royals. She performed this song earlier in the ceremony, dressed in a white shirt with black trousers. People noticed that her finger nails were coloured in black dye which is rather unusual.

Wondering About Common Core and Complex Text? - Common Core State Standards TOOLBOX "A lot of reading skills students can apply with a simple text, but can't do so much with a challenging text."- Dr. Timothy Shanahan Blocked from YouTube? No problem. Article of the Week with Middle Schoolers « The Reading Zone Posted on January 25, 2010 by thereadingzone Last year, after reading Kelly Gallagher’s Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It, I was inspired to start using an Article of the Week with my 6th graders. Like Gallagher, I see a distinctive lack of background knowledge with my students which makes it hard for them to read at times.

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