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For the Love of Reading

By: Sara JohnsonPosted 02/22/19
For the Love of Reading

Have you ever wondered why some kids become voracious readers and others avoid reading like it’s a laundry basket full of stinky socks? We asked top literacy experts around the country what they feel is the key to building a love of reading in students. Here is what they had to say.

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The Best of Both Worlds: Pairing Fiction and Nonfiction Texts

Fiction or nonfiction?  Often, teachers view these two types of texts as separate and distinct, with little overlap in purpose or instruction. However, pairing fiction and nonfiction texts together in instruction can have many beneficial effects. While some students are drawn to fiction, others are naturally attracted to nonfiction. Pairing fiction and nonfiction texts help to engage both types of students, while also broadening their vocabulary and knowledge about a common topic.

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4 Active Reading Strategies for Your Balanced Literacy Classroom

Now more than ever it is important to create a classroom where students support each other, learn from each other, and learn through active engagement. To support a balanced literacy classroom, we want students to not only be excited about learning, but also invested in the work they are doing. Planning instruction that actively engages learners allows us to reach and teach all of our students.

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Summer of Strategies: Using Text Evidence in Writing

By: Melissa Cheesman SmithPosted 07/27/18
Summer of Strategies: Using Text Evidence in Writing

Using evidence from a text with informational or argument writing is a crucial skill for our students as their writing develops. Teaching this can be a taxing responsibility to take on! But, with these simple tips, students can become prolific and critical writers.

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Kwame Tells All…The Write Thing FAQs from Educators

In a previous post, we shared Kwame’s answers to students’ burning questions. Kwame answers educators’ questions about using poetry in the classroom to enhance and support instruction. These are just a few of the questions educators wanted to know about.

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Summer of Strategies: Using Text Evidence in Reading

By: Melissa Cheesman SmithPosted 07/13/18
Summer of Strategies: Using Text Evidence in Reading

Reading a text and answering questions has been part of literacy instruction for ages. However, using text evidence to prove answers, whether literal or inferential, is a must-have skill for the 21st century.

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