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The Melissa Institute Literacy Website The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and prevention of violence through education, community service, research support and consultation. Go to The Melissa Institute to learn more. Did you know that 85% of youth in trouble with the law have reading difficulties? The Institute’s mission is to prevent violence and promote safer communities through education and application of research-based knowledge. What is the connection between violence prevention and a literacy website? Evidence shows that students who do not learn to read on level by 3rd grade are much more likely to develop low self-esteem, drop out of school, and engage in antisocial and aggressive behavior. The good news is that literacy failure is preventable! Thank you... We want to thank all of the generous contributors who have made the development of this website possible. Related:  Digital Writing Process & Blogging

Gay Su Pinnell Good readers choose to read a wide variety of materials — biographies, novels for enjoyment, novels to challenge and inspire us, directions to find out how to put something together or cook, or newspapers and magazines to find out about current affairs or investments. Today's workplace demands many different kinds of literacy. Good readers do not simply "practice" reading; they have a range of purposes and objectives. Good readers learn from their reading, and as they do so, learn more about reading. Think about reading a new author, for example, or reading about an unfamiliar topic. How Can I Help My Students Become Good Readers? For most children, becoming a good reader means having access to good teaching and to materials that will support the development of a self-extending system. A key factor in the development of a self-extending system is supported reading of books that offer just the right level of support and challenge. How Can I Provide a Context for Reading? References

Just Blog It! Blogging Tips & Ideas Why Blog? You don't start blogging for awards. You blog because you are passionate about your profession, and have ideas & content to share with potential readers. If you blog it, they will come. Start When You're Ready, Already! No Excuses! Keep an Idea Folder Going! Schedule It. Get Graphic! Share Shamelessly! Adding Video & Widgets to a Wikispaces page is really easy! Be You! "My Tip: YOUR VOICE is the BEST VOICE.I always appreciate blogs that embrace an original, authentic voice. Give Credit! Buy Your Name! Be Thankful! Lastly, be stubborn! What are YOUR blogging tips? Can't Get Enough of Miss Critter Sharpe? Credits & References: Pictures of Critter Sharpe used with her Mommy's permission Video of Critter Sharpe from YouTube Pictures of my furry first cousins Boo & Bentley from my auntie Life With Lynn's Blog (I'm so proud of her!

One Less Headache Literacyhead - Reading and Writing Lessons Using Visual Art Awesome Apps for the Six Traits of Writing Ideas Story Wheel ($2.99) Story Wheel is a digital storytelling app for the iPad and iPhone. The first student (or the whole class) chooses an image by spinning the story wheel, then responds to the image and records 30 seconds of narration. The next student then spins the wheel to see another image and continues the story. This is a great way for students to practice generating ideas quickly as well as to learn the art of storytelling The Brainstormer ($1.99) This iPad app generates high interest writing prompts for middle- and high-school students. A+ Writing Prompts ($4.99) This app has five prompt generators: scenes, sketches, texts, words and news snippets. Organization SimpleMind+ (Free, upgrade $6.99) This is a strong application for mind mapping for any kind of writing project. Outline Pro ($9.99) Outline Pro was developed in partnership with a high school and is a good tool for teaching writing to middle and high schoolers. Storybuilder for iPad ($7.99) Voice Sock Puppets (Free)

Games for Learning English, Vocabulary, Grammar Games, Activities, ESL Guided Reading W hat is Guided Reading? Grouping Students l Leveled Texts l What Others Do l Teacher Resources Guided reading is a strategy that helps students become good readers. The teacher provides support for small groups of readers as they learn to use various reading strategies (context clues, letter and sound relationships, word structure, and so forth). Although guided reading has been traditionally associated with primary grades it can be modified and used successfully in all grade levels. " In primary grades children are learning to read and in upper grades they are reading to learn." What is its purpose? When the proper books are selected, students are able to read with approximately 90% accuracy. How do I do it? Although the approach to guided reading is going to depend somewhat on your class size and grade level, the following suggestions can be used to provide an initial framework. Students should be divided into small groups (4-6 students). How can I adapt it?

Inspiring Writers Through Photographs Provide students the link to your Kidblog and have students login using a laptop or computer (see NOTE at the bottom of this section for more details about setting up student Kidblog accounts.) While there is a Kidblog app available, the web version is easier to use for typing and adding media. Model for students how to create a new post, drawing attention to the various editing features of font color/size, spell check, etc. Show them how to add tags and categories. Distinguish the difference between Save Draft and Publish. Before students begin writing, show them how to import their photo from Dropbox. After importing the photo, briefly review the basic requirements of a creative writing story (Setting, Characters, Conflict, Resolution). When finished, students may click Publish to have their story available for viewing on the class Kidblog. *NOTE* Prior to lesson, complete the following tasks:

Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Literature and Reading Introduction As you probably already know, free graphic organizers are readily available on the Internet. However, access to quality organizers often requires either a monthly or an annual fee. Here you will find, what I think, are quality organizers WITHOUT monthly or annual fees. I dug into my own archives that I've accumulated over my 33 year career in search of organizers that focus on reading. Although I found several, I felt that my collection could be more complete. With that in mind, I searched rather thoroughly for graphic organizer ideas wherever I could find them. The result is what you will see on this page--a collection of 50 graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching literature and reading. And, if you like these, I’ve got a strong feeling that you’ll also like 50 More READERizers—the newer sibling of this collection. Quick Links for THIS Page You may use the following quick links to go directly to what interests you on this page. Character Webs Return to Top of Page

Verbs and Their Moods Students work in groups and use Toontastic or Tellagami to create mini-movies that illustrate different types of moods. The expectation is that the students create a script using Google Docs (and indicate type of mood for each sentence) and then create a Toon or Gami using the script. Each mood should be used at least four times. Students use their ipads for this step though they can use an ipad or computer for the script. This activity is designed to show students the relationship between grammar and the real world (movies, writing, skits) and asks them to apply the grammar skill/objective while creating. My students enjoy creating movies, especially with silly characters and so this will allow them to be more engaged than if they had been asked to fill out worksheets. I am able to use their scripts as a checkpoint to see if students understand the objective (since students are using Gooogle Docs to write their scripts and will share the scripts with me).