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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. There have been many moments in my life where I was forced to confront the fact that life is not as simple as “this or that”. That was when my friend, who is as levelheaded as she is kind, gently explained the concept of fluidity to me. Look, I know. That is a fairly subtle example, I suppose. 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. 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. Science content can often by full of jargon, research citations, and odd text features. 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.

Reading Educator

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.

Fictional characters make 'experiential crossings' into real life, study finds

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.

Igniting a Passion for Reading

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. Yet there are also drawbacks. When students have no choice about the books they read, it can harm their independence as readers. Hilarious summaries of classic novels? There's a comic for that. Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally. Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable. Educator and author Jessica Lahey reads Shakespeare and Dickens aloud to her seventh- and eighth-graders, complete with all the voices.

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable

Her students love being read to, and sometimes get so carried away with the story, she allows them to lie on the floor and close their eyes just to listen and enjoy it. Lahey reads short stories aloud, too: “My favorite story to read out loud has to be Poe’s ‘Tell-tale Heart.’ I heighten the tension and get a little nuts-o as the narrator starts to really go off the rails. So much fun.” 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. 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. This has raised some concerns. So what’s the fuss about phonics? What is phonics? 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.

Unlike the enthusiasm for reading in primary grades (think stickers, SSR, take-home bags, cute reading nooks, etc.), it's a huge accomplishment in secondary to get students to read anything, much less doing so with a stocked classroom library, fair assessments, and anything resembling enthusiasm. When many of our kids are over-committed, how do we make reading habits enjoyable, instead of just assigning tasks that just feel like more work? Though I won't pretend to have all the answers for every reader and every type of classroom, I *can* tell you 15+ solutions that helped me teach independent reading programs over the last six years, to four grade levels and two school settings (urban and suburban/private).

Why Independent Reading, Though? My Story: Starting from Nothing We built a classroom library. Top 15 Tips for Your Program. 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. 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. 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.

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. This organizer will assist students in ordering the events of a story and understanding the concepts of beginning, middle, and end.

This flowchart will help students organize many ideas and projects. 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. On 14 October 2013 Neil Gaiman gave our second annual lecture at the Barbican Centre, London. The following us a full transcript of the lecture.

Websites that Help Make Reading Fun. Understand what you read. 38 Perfect Books To Read Aloud With Kids. Interactive Literacy. Mrs B's Interactive Literacy. Classroom Strategies. Classroom Strategies. TOP TEN REASONS TO HAVE STUDENTS BLOG ABOUT THEIR READING EXPERIENCES by Russ Anderson. Eight Steps to Successful Classroom Readers Theater. Contributed by Dana Truby. 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.