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How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading. Even though Laura Baumert’s son Andrew can choose whatever book he likes for the 20-minutes daily sustained silent reading program at his middle school, he still finds reading a chore.

How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading

Over the years, the sixth grader from Washington, Michigan, has been on the receiving end of various incentives to gently nudge him into doing more reading: his elementary school used reading logs and rewards for time spent reading, and at home he is allowed to stay up 30 minutes past his bedtime if he reads an actual book. But so far nothing has done the trick, and Andrew rarely reads of his own volition. Baumert doesn’t really know why her second son doesn’t like reading but keeps on trying anyway, finding places to fit it in between his other interests, which include typical middle school boy stuff: lacrosse, basketball, riding his bike, and playing video games.

Schools have traditionally taught children how to read, and have always tried to encourage reading. Parents often want to do the same at home.

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6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject. As avid lovers of literature, teachers often find themselves wanting to impart every bit of knowledge about a well-loved text to their students.

6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

And this is not just an ELA issue—other disciplines also often focus on the content of a text. However, teaching reading skills in English classes and across the disciplines is an almost guaranteed way to help students retain content. Unfortunately, the tendency to focus on the content is a real enemy to the ultimate goal of building reading skills. Without a repertoire of reading strategies that can be applied to any text, students are being shortchanged in their education.

Welcome to Lit2Go ETC. This Is Not a Picture Book: An Irreverent Illustrated Ode to Why We Read. Ways a Parent Can Help a Child with Reading. Vocabulogic: MCVIP – A Multi-Faceted, Comprehensive Vocabulary Instruction Program (Baumann, Manyak, Blachowicz, Graves, Arner, Bates, Cieply, Davis, Peterson, & Olejnik) This post is courtesy of the MCVIP vocabulary research team, which includes primary investigators Jim Baumann (University of Missouri-Columbia), Patrick Manyak (University of Wyoming), and Camille Blachowicz (National Louis University).

Vocabulogic: MCVIP – A Multi-Faceted, Comprehensive Vocabulary Instruction Program (Baumann, Manyak, Blachowicz, Graves, Arner, Bates, Cieply, Davis, Peterson, & Olejnik)

Mike Graves (University of Minnesota, Emeritus) has been a consultant on the project, and it has been his research and writing that have formed the basis for the MCVIP instructional framework (see Mike's prior post. Also see his newest book, Teaching Vocabulary to English Language Learners by Graves, August, and Mancilla-Martinez). Other persons whose work is represented in this post and who have been instrumental in both developing MCVIP and conducting the research on it are Steven Olejnik (University of Georgia, Emeritus), Jeni Davis (University of South Florida), Justin Arner (Hillsborough Co., FL, Schools), Heather Peterson (Wyoming), and Char Cieply and Ann Bates (National Louis). MCVIPis a research and development project funded by the U.S. Favorite Pins Embedded Into My Staff Development Session! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom.

Those of you that have kept up with me this week know that I led staff development at our county's awesome Summer Literacy Institute.

Favorite Pins Embedded Into My Staff Development Session! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

We had some excellent keynote speakers each morning- you can check out some things I took away from them here if you missed it. I wanted to share some things with you from my session! Obviously, it won't be quite the same as sitting in the two-hour session, but there were some really great things that I still think you'll "get" without being there in person. :o) And ironically, guess where these ideas came from.......? PINTEREST. I led this session with a great partner! In other words, for grades 3-5, it is a chapter book with appropriate text complexity that takes about 2-3 weeks to really "dive deep" into through close reading, A LOT of discussion that involves synthesizing and analyzing, comparisons with other texts and media, and writing.

A Good Tool to Help Struggling Readers. May , 2017 Literator is a good web tool and mobile app that provides teachers with what they need to help students enhance their reading performance.

A Good Tool to Help Struggling Readers

Literator is pre-programmed with 2000 skills and prompts, you simply enter a student’s level and you will be able to see the relevant skills. Students are automatically grouped into small groups based on the skills they are struggling with which makes it easy for teachers to plan future interventions. All data gleaned from students' reading and literacy activities is logged in real time and teachers can easily access and view it with a single tap. Based on this saved data, Literator predicts potential student performance so ‘you can plan interventions before it’s too late’. Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers. Research shows that skilled or expert readers possess seven strategies to construct meaning before, during, and after reading a text.

Teaching Students the Skills of Expert Readers

When skilled students read, it is an active process. Their minds are constantly processing information extracted from the text, e.g., questioning the author, summarizing passages, or interpreting images. Contrarily, struggling readers often unthinkingly read the words on the page. How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1. Explainer: how the brain changes when we learn to read. Right now, you are reading these words without much thought or conscious effort.

Explainer: how the brain changes when we learn to read

In lightning-fast bursts, your eyes are darting from left to right across your screen, somehow making meaning from what would otherwise be a series of black squiggles. Reading for you is not just easy – it’s automatic. Looking at a word and not reading it is almost impossible, because the cogs of written language processing are set in motion as soon as skilled readers see print. And yet, as tempting as it is to think of reading as hard-wired into us, don’t be fooled. Learning to read is not easy. The first examples of written language date back to about 5,000 years ago, which is a small fraction of the 60,000 years or more that humans have spent using spoken language. This means our species hasn’t had enough time to evolve brain networks that predispose us to learn literacy. 20 magical years of the Harry Potter series (infographic) 7 steps to get the most out of your reading (infographic)

Stages of the reader (cartoon) Top Graphic Novel Anti-Heroes According to You. - For Reading Addicts. Literacy MAtters! - Home. How Fantasy Novels Help Us Think Outside the Binary. We all live rich, complicated lives.

How Fantasy Novels Help Us Think Outside the Binary

And yet many of us have a tendency to think of things outside ourselves in the binary of this or that, yes or no, good or bad, right or wrong, male or female, gay or straight. It keeps life simple, and gives us a feeling of safety and security that the world is—if not likable—at least understandable. Most of the time, reality seems to square with this mode of thinking because on average, most things are close enough to seem like they fit in one category or the other. But every once in a while, life throws you something that simply won’t work within that reductive, binary thinking. Those moments can be disorienting, upsetting, and at times even frightening. 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area.

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area Reading is reading.

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Only sometimes it does. SMART teaching strategies. Knowledge and interpretation of language conventions in context are an important part of reading and are drawn upon in many reading questions.

SMART teaching strategies

Skills in reading are dependent on the complexity and accessibility of the text. There is a very wide range of reading ability levels at each school year level so the tests start with simple, short texts and get increasingly longer and harder. Reading Educator. Reading Educator offers an "up close" look at a range of innovative and effective reading strategies, along with actual classroom examples and associated lesson plans. The Reading Educator strategies can be applied across academic disciplines and learner levels. These strategies are subdivided into the following four areas of concentration:

Research evidence on reading for pleasure. Theconversation. There is a common perception that children are more likely to read if it is on a device such as an iPad or Kindles. But new research shows that this is not necessarily the case. In a study of children in Year 4 and 6, those who had regular access to devices with eReading capability (such as Kindles, iPads and mobile phones) did not tend to use their devices for reading - and this was the case even when they were daily book readers. Research also found that the more devices a child had access to, the less they read in general. Fictional characters make 'experiential crossings' into real life, study finds. It’s a cliche to claim that a novel can change your life, but a recent study suggests almost a fifth of readers report that fiction seeps into their daily existence.

Researchers at Durham University conducted a survey of more than 1,500 readers, with about 400 providing detailed descriptions of their experiences with book. Nineteen per cent of those respondents said the voices of fictional characters stayed with them even when they weren’t reading, influencing the style and tone of their thoughts – or even speaking to them directly. For some participants it was as if a character “had started to narrate my world”, while others heard characters talking, or imagined them reacting to things going on in everyday life.

According to one of the paper’s authors, the writer and psychologist Charles Fernyhough, the survey illustrates how readers of fiction are doing more than just processing words for meaning – they are actively recreating the worlds and characters being described. Igniting a Passion for Reading. I have taught English on the secondary level for the past 12 years, and for many of those years I taught books only one way: I would hand out a set of novels, and study guides to go along with them. In class we would do close readings and go over the study guide questions, and, of course, as an English teacher I was compelled to pick apart all those symbols. There were quizzes along the way and a big test at the end, all of which assessed the same topics we covered in class, and mimicked many of the questions on the study guide. Once we finished one book, we would move on to the next.

It was lather, rinse, repeat. While I may be painting a uninspired picture, this traditional approach certainly has its benefits: With a common text, skills can be targeted and taught with examples that everyone recognizes. Hilarious summaries of classic novels? There's a comic for that. Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally. Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. But casual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in many students, making it difficult for them to engage deeply with digital text in the same way they do when reading materials printed on paper.

Devin Hess sympathizes with educators’ concerns, but believes digital reading is here to stay and teachers have a duty to equip students to engage with digital texts in meaningful ways. Hess was a middle school social studies teacher and early tech adopter in his classroom. Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable. English news and easy articles for students of English. eBooks@Adelaide: Free Books, Online. Reading skills practice. Current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments. English news and easy articles for students of English. Breaking News English Lessons: Easy English News. Edutopia. Teacher: All right, put your books away. Children: Aw. Katie: We know that practice makes perfect.

Our kids need to read every single night in order to get good and we start them out in first grade. Tom Hiddlestone Reads As I Walked Out One Evening - For Reading Addicts. Theconversation. The efficacy of phonics as a method of teaching has been debated for several decades, and has recently come back to the forefront of public debate. This time, the focus is on the phonics check – a screening tool designed to identify early readers who may be in need of intervention, and provide some indication of how successful current phonics teaching methods are. The UK has been using the Phonics Screening Check (PSC) since 2012, and now there is a push to implement a trial of the same check in Australia. 15 Tips for Pulling off Independent Reading Programs - Secondary Sara. If you have any variation of independent reading in your middle or high school English class, you've undoubtedly faced challenges at some point in the experience.

6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject. MyRead – Four Resources Guideposts. The guideposts are a useful assessment tool based on how individual guides integrate the Four Roles/Resources of the Reader. The guidepost indicators may be used to monitor student learning. However, use the guideposts flexibly. While the guideposts do cover each of the Four Roles/Resources of the Reader, teachers may choose to focus on one or two roles or fewer indicators for each role. MyRead Guide – Frontloading. Jeffrey Wilhelm. The Thinker Builder: Step In, Step Out: A Strategy for Thinking Deeply About Text.

You're sitting at your guided reading table, your little group gathered around you, wide-eyed. Or are you the one who's wide-eyed? Sure, you know what you're doing, but maybe right now you're thinking your lesson plan doesn't fit the book like you thought it would. Books and Articles by Stephen D Krashen. Teaching Visual Literacy to Students. Super Six.


Reading Australia - Secondary. Reading Australia - Primary. Resources for educators of kids in grades 4-12. Excellent Timeline Printables and Graphic Organizers for Your Class. October 26, 2014 A few days ago, I shared with you here in EdTech and Mlearning a great source of graphic organizers where teachers can access and download printables to use in their class. Today, I am sharing with you these excellent free Timeline graphic organizers and sequence charts to help you teach your kids sequencing and organizing ideas and events chronologically. It's Your Turn to Sequence Sequencing skills are practiced in this cooperative activity. This printable is customizable.

Tailor the PDF to your teaching needs by typing in the highlighted fields before printing. Eyewitness. We Give Books. Find Your Next Book - Authors, Reviews, Recommendations, Lists. Book Recommendations (USA)

Reading Interest Inventories choice page. The Lexile® Framework for Reading. WPSU Education - Blue Ribbon Readers. A Reading from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales : Free Streaming : Internet Archive. Wondrously Infinite Global Library. 40+ iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities.

Helpful Tools. Leveled Books Database - Resources for Leveling Books. The Solution to Reading Comprehension. Read it! Loved it! Boys. The Dreaming - Aboriginal Nations Australia. The Story Museum - 1001 stories from around the world. Leveled Books Database - Resources for Leveling Books. - Free Online Readability Calculator - Flesch Kincaid, Gunning Fog and more ... Neil Gaiman lecture in full: Reading and obligation. Websites that Help Make Reading Fun.

Understand what you read. 38 Perfect Books To Read Aloud With Kids. Interactive Literacy. Classroom Strategies. TOP TEN REASONS TO HAVE STUDENTS BLOG ABOUT THEIR READING EXPERIENCES by Russ Anderson. Eight Steps to Successful Classroom Readers Theater. Why Older Readers Should Read Picture Books.

3 Great Strategies to Help you Read Faster. ‎ Literacy Resources For Librarians. National Geographic Young Explorer (Student Magazine) - October 2012. Books R4 Teens. Resources for educators of kids in grades 4-12. Read With Me eBooks. 103 Things to Do Before/During/After Reading. Wide reading program middle years. English: Classic Films. English: Wide Reading Sites. English: Literature Reading List. The Picture Book Teacher's Edition. Authorama - Public Domain Books. Lory's Page: One Minute Readings.