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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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Summer of Strategies: Close Reading for Word Meaning

By: Jessica HathawayPosted 06/29/18
Summer of Strategies: Close Reading for Word Meaning

Close reading is part of a well-balanced curriculum in language arts and the content areas. Check out our blog for a close reading strategy that helps students determine word meaning from any text that they read!

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5 Active Ways to Encourage Word Study

By: Mary Jo Fresch, Ph.D.Posted 06/01/18
5 Active Ways to Encourage Word Study

It is important for students to know a wide variety of words to be successful in reading. But learning new words shouldn’t be about flash cards and rote memorization. We must consider ways to actively engage students to learn new words and manipulate language. Here are 5 activities you can try right away.

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Four Great Tips for Your Balanced Literacy Instruction

By: Mary Jo Fresch, Ph.D.Posted 09/07/16
Four Great Tips for Your Balanced Literacy Instruction

How can we help students see the relationship among their word study, reading, and writing? Here are four great tips to help strengthen students’ knowledge and independence, as you introduce real-world reading and writing through balanced literacy instruction.

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The Write Beginning

By: Jan McNeel, M.A.Ed.Posted 07/10/15
The Write Beginning

Research shows that kids who read one million words of print a year will increase their vocabulary by 1000 new words each year. Knowing this, many teachers find it important to have a great classroom library for students to enjoy. Here are a few great tips from one teacher who used the summer to build her classroom library.

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