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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Literacy

Find and share strategies for helping students read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word.

11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.

5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.

3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

Guest blogger Ali Parrish, educator and ed tech consultant, provides three strategies, low-tech and high-tech, for breaking through students' brain freeze when faced with the dilemma of what to write.

Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

In order to accommodate students with dyslexia, general education teachers must understand what the condition is and what alternate means work best for accessing information.

Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

Providing students with examples of good writing is vital so here's some tiips for using mentor texts in the classroom and ideas on where you can find them.

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Reading Is Lifework

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Technical Writing: Explaining a Graph

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Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

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Student Choice Leads to Student Voice

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Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

Blogger Maurice Elias outlines a high school lesson with Maya Angelou's poem, "A Brave and Startling Truth."

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Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: Professional Resources

Concluding her three-part series about supporting preservice ELA teachers with videos, guest blogger Dr. Janice Dole lists the professional websites that are her go-to resources on word generation, explicit instruction, graphic organizers and text...

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Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: ELA Videos and Webinars

In the second of three parts, guest blogger Dr. Janice Dole shares the videos she uses to help preservice teachers grasp the nuances of instructing students how to master close reading.

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Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: Why Video Works

Guest blogger Dr. Janice Dole, a reading and literacy methods instructor, presents her experiences with video in effectively training preservice teachers how to instruct students in the critical skill of close reading.

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(Re)Creating Poets: How to Teach Poetry in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Joshua Block begins with the idea that everyone is born a poet, and goes on to offer four strategies and a handful of resources to bring out the poet in every student.

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Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st-Century Classroom

Guest blogger Dave Guymon, an online middle school teacher and edtech Master's candidate, defines visual literacy and proposes using three popular social media modes - Instagram, Emoji and memes - to enhance students' academic fluency.

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English-Language Learners and Academic Language

Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explain how English-language learners must develop academic language proficiency as well as communicative competence, and provide a lesson plan they have used successfully with their ELL students.

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How Reading Literature Cultivates Empathy

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that, as the Common Core rolls in, teachers will have to make strategic decisions about when and how to integrate literature.

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Why Digital Writing Matters in Education

Professor, researcher, and ed tech developer Jeff Grabill explains that, while writing is no longer exclusively about setting pen to paper, learning to write well is an increasingly important digital age skill.

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Say What? 5 Ways to Get Students to Listen

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up 5 classroom strategies for helping students become better listeners.

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The Power of Project-Based Writing in the Classroom

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron explains how project-based writing prepares students for real-world writing.

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Is Cursive Writing Cursed with Extinction?

With digital media, cursive writing is going the way of the covered wagon -- but at what cost?

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Making Sense of Words That Don't

Introduce your students to the world of etymology and morphemes as they become linguistic detectives solving the mysteries of those puzzling "sight words."

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Using Mentor Texts to Motivate and Support Student Writers

Providing students with examples of good writing is vital. Here are tips for using mentor texts in the classroom and ideas on where you can find it.

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