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What Is Text Complexity and Why Do We Care?

By: Sharon CoanPosted 11/19/13
What Is Text Complexity and Why Do We Care?

The creators of the Common Core State Standards discovered a steady increase in the difficulty of the types of reading required in college and career settings. Therefore, students must learn to deal with complex texts in order to be college and career ready. Here’s how you can choose appropriate complex texts for your students.

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Books and More to Be Grateful For

By: Sharon CoanPosted 11/13/13
Books and More to Be Grateful For

November is an especially great time of the year to remind your students to be grateful. Teach your students the importance of giving back and giving thanks with a meaningful project or a fun, Thanksgiving-themed book!

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How Do We Help Students Access Complex Text?

By: Sharon CoanPosted 11/05/13
How Do We Help Students Access Complex Text?

Interestingly, a term that appears again and again in the literature related to teaching complex text does not appear in the CCSS/ELA themselves: close reading. So, why do we hear this term so often? Here are some tips for using close reading to guide students through complex texts.

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Differentiating Your Literacy Centers: One Size Does NOT Fit All

Differentiation is critical to helping students of all abilities to work within their zone of proximity. Here are some ideas to help you differentiate your literacy centers, so that all students can work at their own proficiency levels within their reading skills.

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Ideas by Association

By: TCM GuestPosted 10/10/13
Ideas by Association

Here’s an idea to quick start your students’ next writing assignment! This exercise will get your students’ imaginations warmed up and make it easier for them to choose a subject to write about.

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Our Littlest Learners Have Big Learning to Do!

By: Mary Jo Fresch, Ph.D.Posted 09/26/13
Our Littlest Learners Have Big Learning to Do!

Our youngest learners must develop the ability to hear the differences in the sounds of letters before they can ever read print. They must develop phonemic awareness. Here are some tips for helping children develop phonemic awareness, and making it fun!

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