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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.

3 Digital Reading Challenges for Summer

To better understand students' relationship with digital reading, consider these three summer challenges for yourself: academic reading via browser, PDF, and eBook.

7 Great E-Books for Summer Reading on iPads

To engage young readers over the summer, hand them an iPad and loaded with eBooks. Monica Burns reviews seven of the many reading apps available.

Parents: Inspiring Readers Through the Summer Slump

Parents can engage their children with summer reading. Judy Willis suggests six ways including variety, no pressure, and modeling a love for reading.

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.

How to Start a Great Writing Center

An on-campus writing center helps middle and high school students develop their written communication skills. Here are six best practices for launching this resource.

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Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

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The Back-to-School A to Z Reading Challenge

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Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art

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How to Help Your Students Develop Data Literacy

Blogger Suzie Boss offers up ideas and resources for helping students learn how to interpret, understand, and use data to drive inquiry.

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5 Online Tools to Help Combat Plagiarism

Informatics teacher and guest blogger Melissa Burns explains that when students cheat on written assignments, teachers can find an array of online tools to help them spot plagiarism and identify the sources.

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Brain Movies: When Readers Can Picture It, They Understand It

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, encourage us to boost students' reading retention by training them to visualize meaning as well as paying attention to the words themselves.

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, recognizing that written storytelling doesn't come easily to every child, has hunted down six iPad apps that will bring fun and creative challenge to learning this essential real-world skill.

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Young Writers Embrace Magical Realism (Remembering Gabriel García Márquez)

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber reflects on a powerful lesson where mentor text inspired her students to write like they had not written before.

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4 Steps to Better Writers

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik isolates four steps to becoming a better writer - Purpose, Organization, Evidence and Thesis (POET) - and, with this prewriting exercise, encourages his students to 'be POETs' before writing their essays.

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March Madness Meets AP Lit

Guest blogger Brian Sztabnik uses the NCAA bracketing model to whip his AP Lit class into a literature-embracing frenzy as they rank their votes to determine the best poem or novel they've read all year.

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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

History teacher, curriculum coordinator and NY Times contributor Jonathan Olsen introduces us to the six-word memoir, a simple, concise language arts tool for sharpening student focus.

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Five Poetry Teaching Tips for New Teachers

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares five poetry teaching tips for new teachers.

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

English teacher and connected educator Michelle Lampinen shows how weekly blogging assignments can transform a high school classroom into a community of enthusiastic writers.

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Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her enthusiasm for reading with five tried-and-true suggestions for developing a lifelong book habit in young readers who may or may not have discovered the magic of the printed page.

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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, recognizing that written storytelling doesn't come easily to every child, has hunted down six iPad apps that will bring fun and creative challenge to learning this essential real-world skill.

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher introduces the concept of Writing 3.0, which is what happens when we redefine the writing process with iPads.

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