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Book Review Digest Plus - Literary Research - EBSCO This essential library and research tool that brings together book reviews on a wide range of topics, from a variety of sources including newspapers, review journals, and popular magazines. An Essential Library Tool Unlike reviews on book-sale sites and the open Internet, many of the included reviews are from citable journals, making Book Review Digest Plus an invaluable resource for literary and biographical research. Included information in individual book records, such as ISBN, Dewey Decimal Classification, and subject headings, also makes this a useful tool for readers’ advisory and collection development. Print Edition Available from Grey House Publishing Click here to leave this site and view the print edition.

I Had No Idea 'She Sells Seashells By The Seashore' Actually Meant THIS! Fascinating... Can you say “She sells seashells by the seashore” five times fast? It’s tricky! And if you’re like most people, you’ve been twisting your tongue over that one for years. In fact, people have been trying to say it without stumbling for 108 years. 5 Favorite Apps for PBL Language Learning If you have an inkling to try your hand at project-based language learning (aka "PBLL”), you will need to stay organized, and help keep the students on track toward meeting our communication-based proficiency outcomes. Here are a few tips I have learned as a PBLL teacher. 1) Help! I need a management system! My favorite app for managing the ebb and flow of communication between my students and me is Edmodo. There are other worthy options, but I have been using Edmodo for a number of years, and it feels like home now.

NCSS Position Statement on Media Literacy A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies© 2009 National Council for the Social Studies. All rights reserved This position statement was prepared by a task force of the Technology Community of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and was approved by the NCSS Board of Directors in February 2009. Common Core: Seven Opportunities to Transform English Language Arts Curriculum Brenda Overturf is a member of the International Reading Association's Board of Directors. You can reach her at boverturf[AT]reading[DOT]org. This is part two of a three-part series that examines the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Part One introduced CCSS and provided context for those new to the standards. Part Two will review the key features that offer opportunities for educators to transform their teaching. In Part Three, we will take a look at how various states are starting to implement the standards.

GUYS READ Listening is a great way to experience a story. Go to Guys Listen to check out more. Welcome to the Guys Read Virtual Vault of Good Books. This is the place to come if you’re looking for something to get a guy reading. The Perfect Book for Every Type of Reluctant Reader I See in Middle School I love reluctant readers. Finding the right book for them is like waiting for the long, skinny brick in a game of Tetris when you have the perfect spot for it and then BOOM!!! You did it!! (Does anyone know what I’m talking about?) Anyway, you won’t be able to turn all your students into the type of readers who read so much they forget to eat, but with some work, you can find a book that even your students who are staunchly opposed to reading will want to pick up.

Take a look at the unique ways that TpT’ers are celebrating Earth Day with their students. You’ll find recycling-themed lessons, photography projects, and activities to supplement nature walks. Three cheers for Earth Day! (Image from an Apples and ABC’s blog post by TpT Teacher-Author, Michelle Griffo) Resources for the Little Sprouts Miller, Richard E. Professor Miller is the author of (1998) and (2005). His published articles concern developing a philosophy of consciousness that promotes transformative teaching and writing practices. He has delivered over one hundred invited talks across the country and abroad on a range of topics related to literacy, technology, and higher education. Top Research Paper Websites for Kids Fact Monster, from Pearson Education's Information Please, is an award-winning often-reviewed site for kids. It offers some good tools for doing research on a variety of topics. These tools include an encylopedia, dictionary, thesaurus and almanac. You can find info on the world, the U.S., people, science, math and money.

Autism Book Reviews From Your Fearless Librarian Archives - Flappiness Is…Flappiness Is… A few weeks ago, I was asked if I might be willing to come in and talk to a group of kindergarteners about autism. Of course, this isn’t just any group of kindergarteners. It’s my autistic son’s peers. So, I wanted a read aloud or two, and I wanted them to be good. Being a school librarian, I know that there are an awful lot of children’s books out there. So, I asked the most qualified people I know –my readers — to offer their suggestions on my Facebook page. Teaching Strategy: Socratic Seminar The goal of a Socratic seminar is for students to help one another understand the ideas, issues, and values reflected in a specific text. Students are responsible for facilitating a discussion around ideas in the text rather than asserting opinions. Through a process of listening, making meaning, and finding common ground students work toward shared understanding rather than trying to prove a particular argument. A Socratic seminar is not used for the purpose of debate, persuasion, or personal reflection, as the focus is on developing shared meaning of a text. Step one: Selecting an appropriate text Socratic seminars are based on close textual analysis so it is important to select a text that provides ample avenues for interpretation and discussion.

Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read to Preschoolers Over a third of children in the U.S. enter school unprepared to learn. They lack the vocabulary, sentence structure, and other basic skills that are required to do well in school. Children who start behind generally stay behind – they drop out, they turn off. Their lives are at risk.

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