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Words Matter: Tips for Meaningful Vocabulary Instruction

By: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.Posted 09/20/19
Words Matter: Tips for Meaningful Vocabulary Instruction

The five principles that can be used to help design effective word study instruction are not just based on opinion, they are grounded in research by recognized experts in the field, done in thousands of classrooms nationwide. Learn more about the five principles that can be used to help in designing effective vocabulary instruction.

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Wordless Books and Your Primary Classroom—A Perfect Match

Wordless books can be enjoyed by all levels of emergent readers. They encourage children to apply critical visual literacy skills, which are important for today’s focus on visual images. Wordless books provide scaffolds for storytelling, vocabulary use and fluency, and language learning. Opportunities for creative dialogue and characterization abound when children “read” these stories.

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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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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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3 Simple Tips for Writing Text–Dependent Questions

By: Jessica HathawayPosted 09/21/18
3 Simple Tips for Writing Text–Dependent Questions

On the surface, a text-dependent question (TDQ) is simply a question whose answer can be derived directly from information in the supporting text. However, for

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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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