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Teaching Language Starts with Our Students

By: Eugenia Mora-Flores, Ed.D.Posted 01/18/23
Teaching Language Starts with Our Students

All language communities share common goals, to communicate effectively with one another to meet personal and collective purposes. Developing academic language is similar. What makes social language experiences so successful and what can we learn from those experiences to support language learning in school and classroom contexts? Read this quick blog to get tips and activities for guiding the language learning process in school.

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8 Keys to Language Development

By: Jen JumpPosted 08/02/22
8 Keys to Language Development

Language development takes time. It requires thoughtful instruction, decisions based on student need, and an approach that best meets the needs of students. Below you will find 8 Keys to Language Development. These 8 Keys form the pedagogical backbone for Language Power, 2nd Edition.

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Why Word Roots Matter to a Fifth Grader!

By: Rick NewtonPosted 04/22/22
Why Word Roots Matter to a Fifth Grader!

I was in the fifth grade when I first met the word quadruped while reading a homework assignment about mammals (“live-bearing quadrupeds”). Miss Patterson showed us how to unlock the meaning of a long or difficult word - even if we had never heard the word before – by finding its roots. My big “aha moment” occurred in the fifth grade, but it can happen to any student at any age. It’s never too late to learn a few roots, and the sooner the better!

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Building Vocabulary in Summer School

By: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., Nancy Padak, Ed.D., Rick M. Newton, Ph.D., and Evangeline Newton, Ph.D.Posted 03/10/22
Building Vocabulary in Summer School

Summer is on its way, and so is summer school. What to teach? Time is always limited for instruction and learning in the summer. The teaching of word roots (morphemes) in the summer offers great opportunities to help students in a number of areas.

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Six Effective Speaking Strategies for English Learners in Virtual Instruction

Instruction has not looked the same since schools closed their physical classrooms in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators across the United States have worked tirelessly since that time to reach and teach all students. English learners have particular educational needs.

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Building Vocabulary with Word Roots Builds Reading Comprehension – Part 2

Moving from classroom Language Arts teacher to K-5 District ELA Specialist my first order of business was to gauge where we were with reading scores when compared to the rest of the state. We fell well below the state average in Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, and Language subtests.

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