Reading Instruction

5 Fun Literacy Games That Double As Informal Assessments
Thursday, May 3, 2018
5 Fun Literacy Games That Double As Informal Assessments

Educators are always on the lookout for quick ways to check student comprehension. After all, no teacher wants to get to the end of a unit only to find out that students have been struggling all along. Periodic, low-stakes, informal assessments allow educators to see whether students need more review...

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Now I Know My BPDs: 6 Strategies for Reversible Letters
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Now I Know My bpd's”: 6 Strategies for Reversible Letters

If you’ve worked with students who are beginning to read and write, you’ve likely found yourself explaining the difference between b, d, and p. Why are these letters so often confused? Not only do b, d, and p have similar names and shapes, they also sound alike. Making the distinction...

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Adolescent Literacy Crisis or Crisis of Student Engagement?
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Adolescent Literacy Crisis or Crisis of Student Engagement?

It is widely acknowledged today that too many adolescents lack sufficient literacy skills. The United States Department of Education has even declared a “crisis” in adolescent literacy, stating that “the literacy skills of many students in grades 4–12 are so alarmingly low that the students have difficulty meeting the academic...

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Understanding Informational Text: 7 Motivating Activities for Early Readers
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Understanding Informational Text: 7 Motivating Activities for Early Readers

Your students are still learning to read, so when should they begin reading to learn? Right now! In fact, reading informational text builds background knowledge, supports the development of academic language, and can capitalize on students' natural curiosity about the world around them. Informational text often develops a topic by...

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The Critical Role of Oral Language in Reading Instruction
Thursday, March 8, 2018
The Critical Role of Oral Language in Reading Instruction

Oral language is often associated with vocabulary as the main component. However, in the broadest definition, oral language consists of phonology, grammar, morphology, vocabulary, discourse, and pragmatics. The acquisition of these skills often begins at a young age, before students begin focusing on print-based concepts such as sound-symbol correspondence and...

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Specific Support for Adolescents Struggling with Reading
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Specific Support for Adolescents Struggling With Reading

Middle and high school students who struggle with reading need a very different type of support than educators might offer to their younger, early-elementary counterparts. While struggling readers in kindergarten through third grade are still learning new skills and being exposed to new information, adolescent students have likely been receiving...

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Listen Well, Learn Well: Working with Auditory Learners
Friday, February 16, 2018
Listen Well, Learn Well: Working with Auditory Learners

Auditory—or aural—learners are students who tend to learn best when instruction or information is delivered orally. Other characteristics of aural learners include a preference for talking, listening, and other social interactions; an ease of remembering names and songs; and a need for verbal praise and support. Some researchers estimate that...

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Building a Literacy-Rich Environment at Home: 5 Ways to Partner with Families
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Building a Literacy-Rich Environment at Home: 5 Ways to Partner with Families

Literacy educators know how important reading and writing will be in every aspect of their students’ lives. Beyond reading for pleasure or writing for personal expression, literacy is crucial for communicating important information, connecting over shared interests, and collaborating on group projects. However, while educators can demonstrate the importance of...

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Need to Improve Adolescent Literacy Rates? Develop a Literacy Action Plan
Friday, December 15, 2017
Need to Improve Adolescent Literacy Rates? Develop a Literacy Action Plan

In a 2011 paper prepared for the United States Department of Education, American Institutes for Research fellow Terry Salinger made a stark declaration: The literacy skills of many students in grades 4 to 12 are "so alarmingly low" that these students will struggle with not only high school, but also...

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2 Classroom Strategies for Teaching Multisyllabic Words
Thursday, November 16, 2017
2 Classroom Strategies for Teaching Multisyllabic Words

There are two related but different strategies to approach the identification of words with more than one syllable: syllable division and structural analysis. While application of the phonic word attack strategies related to syllable division is important for identifying one- and two-syllable words, these strategies may not work as well...

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