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Improving Reading Skills Across the Content Areas

By Rebecca Rozmiarek
  • ISBN Code: : 1452237255
  • Publisher : Corwin Press
  • Pages : 184
  • Category : Education
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Based on IRA and NCTE standards, these classroom-tested reading activities will benefit all students in Grades 6-12, including gifted, special education, and ELL students.

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  • Book Code : 1462510310
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 237
  • Pdf File: teaching-academic-vocabulary-k-8.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book showcases effective ways to build the vocabulary knowledge K-8 learners need to engage meaningfully in reading, writing, and discussion on academic subjects. The distinguished authors draw on decades of classroom experience to explain what academic vocabulary is, how it fits into the Common Core State Standards, and how targeting vocabulary can enhance conceptual understanding in English language arts, social studies, and math and science. Rich classroom vignettes, teaching tips, and examples of student work are included. The book also features helpful figures, word lists, discussion questions, and recommended print and online resources.

The Path to Get There

By Douglas Fisher,Nancy Frey,Cristina Alfaro
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Teachers College Press
  • Book Code : 0807771848
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 712
  • Pdf File: the-path-to-get-there.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Common Core State Standards represents a call for all teachers to focus on the literacy learning of their students. Together, these skillsreading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewingcomprise the literacies that students must develop if they are to master content and be successful in college or the workplace. This book will assist content area teachers in understanding the Common Core State Standards that apply to their various courses. Standards in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are explained in detail, including examples of lessons designed to ensure that students master each standard.

Improving Adolescent Literacy

By Pamela Craig,Rebecca Sarlo
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317925181
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 198
  • Pdf File: improving-adolescent-literacy.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Meet your students' literacy needs with this book from Pamela Craig and Rebecca Sarlo. Literacy experts Craig and Sarlo explain how the implementation of a Problem Solving/Response to Intervention framework in grades 4-12 will help all students greatly improve their reading skills. Written for secondary teachers and administrators, the book shows how to use PS/RTI as a tool for establishing achievable goals identifying barriers developing action plans monitoring the effectiveness of the intervention Each chapter includes research-based resources and practical guidance to ensure success.

Exemplary Instruction in the Middle Grades

By Diane Lapp,Barbara Moss
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Book Code : 1462502954
  • Total of Pages : 338
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 304
  • Pdf File: exemplary-instruction-in-the-middle-grades.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Offering fresh alternatives to common instructional practices that fail to get results, this accessible, highly practical guide highlights ways to motivate middle school students while enhancing content-area learning. Each chapter features an enlightening case study of a teacher whose current strategies are not supported by research; describes effective instructional alternatives, illustrated with concrete examples; and lists online resources and lesson examples. Emphasis is given to supporting critical engagement with texts and drawing on technology and new literacies. The book covers specific content areas—including science, social studies, math, and literature—as well as ways to teach oral literacy and writing across the curriculum.

Quality Education for Latinos and Latinas

By Rita Portales,Marco Portales
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Book Code : 9780292774278
  • Total of Pages : 239
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 880
  • Pdf File: quality-education-for-latinos-and-latinas.pdf

Book Short Summary:

As educators and legislators across the country debate how to improve public schools, the most vital factor often disappears from the equation—the relationship between the teacher and the student. According to veteran educators Rita and Marco Portales, this relationship is the central issue in the education of students, especially Latino/a students who often face serious barriers to school success because of the legacy of racism, insufficient English-language skills, and cultural differences with the educational establishment. To break down these barriers and help Latino/a students acquire a quality education, the Portaleses focus attention on the teacher-student relationship and offer a proven method that teachers can use to strengthen the print and oral skills of their students. They begin by analyzing the reasons why schools too often fail to educate Latino/a students, using eloquent comments from young Latinos/as and their parents to confirm how important the teacher-student relationship is to the student's success. Then they show how all educational stakeholders—teachers, administrators, state education agencies, legislators, and parents—can work together to facilitate the teacher-student relationship and improve student education. By demonstrating how teachers can improve students' reading, critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills across the curriculum, they argue that learning can be made more relevant for students, keeping their interest levels high while preparing them for academically competitive colleges.

The Art of Failure

By Jesper Juul
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Book Code : 0262313138
  • Total of Pages : 176
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Members : 789
  • Pdf File: the-art-of-failure.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An exploration of why we play video games despite the fact that we are almost certain to feel unhappy when we fail at them. We may think of video games as being "fun," but in The Art of Failure, Jesper Juul claims that this is almost entirely mistaken. When we play video games, our facial expressions are rarely those of happiness or bliss. Instead, we frown, grimace, and shout in frustration as we lose, or die, or fail to advance to the next level. Humans may have a fundamental desire to succeed and feel competent, but game players choose to engage in an activity in which they are nearly certain to fail and feel incompetent. So why do we play video games even though they make us unhappy? Juul examines this paradox. In video games, as in tragic works of art, literature, theater, and cinema, it seems that we want to experience unpleasantness even if we also dislike it. Reader or audience reaction to tragedy is often explained as catharsis, as a purging of negative emotions. But, Juul points out, this doesn't seem to be the case for video game players. Games do not purge us of unpleasant emotions; they produce them in the first place. What, then, does failure in video game playing do? Juul argues that failure in a game is unique in that when you fail in a game, you (not a character) are in some way inadequate. Yet games also motivate us to play more, in order to escape that inadequacy, and the feeling of escaping failure (often by improving skills) is a central enjoyment of games. Games, writes Juul, are the art of failure: the singular art form that sets us up for failure and allows us to experience it and experiment with it. The Art of Failure is essential reading for anyone interested in video games, whether as entertainment, art, or education.

Big Skills for the Common Core

By Amy Benjamin,Michael Hugelmeyer
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317921976
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 806
  • Pdf File: big-skills-for-the-common-core.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Zoom in on the academic skills students are required to learn in reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language! This book cuts through all of the Common Core jargon and gets right to the heart of what students need to learn now. Big Skills for the Common Core is packed with engaging strategies you can use immediately to improve your students' literacy skills and help them retain those skills. Special features include... Charts that break down the skills for each anchor standard and put them into teacher- friendly language. BONUS! The charts highlight the big shifts for teachers for discussion and sharing. Practical strategies to help students tackle and understand complex texts. Helpful ideas for teaching argument writing, plus writing rubrics and assessment strategies. Clear information on Tier II and Tier III words and how to teach them. In addition, each section of the book ends with "Classroom Close-Ups," which take you inside real classrooms that are implementing the Common Core. You'll see the standards in action across the curriculum and get takeaway tips you can use tomorrow in your own classroom!

Literacy Unleashed

By Bonnie D. Houck,Sandi Novak
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ASCD
  • Book Code : 1416622365
  • Total of Pages : 165
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 513
  • Pdf File: literacy-unleashed.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In Literacy Unleashed, Bonnie D. Houck and Sandi Novak explain why ensuring high-quality reading instruction is one of school leaders’ most important jobs and introduce their Literacy Classroom Visit (LCV) Model. Meticulously researched and refined through years of application in the field, the LCV Model enables administrators to evaluate and improve literacy instruction in their school or district. The authors—both seasoned literacy and leadership experts—share processes and practices to help you Identify the elements of effective literacy instruction and establish common beliefs, practices, and language within the education community. Convene a team to conduct classroom observations and pinpoint common patterns that indicate your school or district's areas of strength and need. Provide targeted professional development and resources that reduce unnecessary budget expenditures. Implement the LCV Model across your entire school—ncluding all grade levels and content areas—or district. Ensure that all students are mastering grade-level standards and expectations. This comprehensive guide includes a repertoire of tools, checklists, and templates to support you on the LCV journey, along with scenarios and videos of real schools and practitioners to illustrate what the model looks like in action. With both academic standards and 21st century jobs requiring higher-level literacy skills, quality reading instruction is more important than ever. This book provides everything you need to create a culture of literacy, reflective practice, and continual learning among staff and students alike.