Reading Instruction

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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Why is Teaching Non-Proficient Adolescent Readers So Complex?
Monday, November 13, 2017
Why is Teaching Non-Proficient Adolescent Readers So Complex?

Students of all ages who have difficulty with reading know how deeply their reading and writing difficulties can affect the entire school day. For example, students may begin to struggle in other content areas if they cannot read the information in their textbooks. In the same way, students and educators...

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4 Flexible Vocabulary Routines for Literacy Instruction
Thursday, November 2, 2017
4 Flexible Vocabulary Routines

So many words and so little time—it's no wonder that vocabulary instruction can seem daunting! Many teachers and school leaders are committed to cultivating students’ word knowledge and, in turn, setting them up for long-term literacy success. The trick is finding ways to embed engaging and effective vocabulary instruction into daily...

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What to Do When Adolescent Literacy Rates Spell Trouble
Monday, October 30, 2017
What to Do When Adolescent Literacy Rates Spell Trouble

In February 2017, the Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins University hosted a forum called "The Adolescent Literacy Crisis in America," led by institute director Dr. David Steiner. In framing the problem, Steiner cited data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a federally sponsored test given to...

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More Than a Number: What’s a Lexile?
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
More Than a Number: What’s a Lexile?

Many state assessments, mid-year tests, and reading programs report students' progress using a Lexile score. But the number is not just a measurement of student growth—it can be a tool for challenging students and promoting a love of reading. The Lexile® Framework for Reading was created by MetaMetrics® to measure...

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Rhyming and Alliteration: 7 Creative Ideas for the Classroom
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Rhyming and Alliteration: 7 Creative Ideas for the Classroom

Back on the bus! Say goodbye to summertime and help your students learn to rhyme. There's no question that the school day can be hectic, with lots to accomplish in only a short amount of time. As you start to compile your lesson plans for the year, here are some...

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Did They Get It?: Classroom Ideas to Simultaneously Support and Assess Adolescents' Reading Comprehension
Monday, October 9, 2017
Classroom Ideas to Simultaneously Support and Assess Adolescents' Reading Comprehension

In her article "Promoting Reading Comprehension in Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities," Dr. Marcia Kosanovich asserted that reading comprehension instruction remains important for secondary students. After all, fourth- through 12th-graders spend most of their time in content-area classes, all of which use literary or informational text. As a result, middle-...

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