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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.

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.

Be a Reading Rebel! (And Model Reading for Fun for Your Students)

Do you read for pleasure in front of your students? If not, here's why you should start.

The Back-to-School A to Z Reading Challenge

Make reading a lifestyle activity rather than an in-school activity by fostering literacy and community with the A to Z Reading Challenge.

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.

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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Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

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"Can't I Just Choose My Own Topic?"

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Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

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Understanding the Causes of Dyslexia for Effective Intervention

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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists

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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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16 Resources for National Poetry Month

Guest Blogger Marc Anderson, a tech-based ELL specialist, gives us an online tour of 16 favorite resources for teaching poetry in the classroom, with offerings from internationally acclaimed poets, student poets, and everything in between.

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five ways to inspire more student-centered learning in your classroom.

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Spoken Word Poetry Empowers Students to Use Authentic Voices
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Spoken Word Poetry Empowers Students to Use Authentic Voices

High school student Shayanna develops her talents at Youth Speaks, a nonprofit that creates a safe space for young people to explore their writing and performance skills in the service of bettering their communities.

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Online Poetry Resources

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns shares five websites that feature grade-specific lessons for teaching poetry, plus resources for learning about poets and even an app for helping students memorize written verse.

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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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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.

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When High School Students Struggle with Textbook Reading

Many textbooks aren't even close to authentic reading experiences. Minimize student struggle by identifying purpose, assigning reasonable homework, and teaching them to self-monitor for understanding.

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Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History

Teacher, blogger and book evangelist Sarah Gross describes how, by introducing her students to infographics and applying this medium to their own reading history, she inspired them to fall in love with books

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5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

Edutopia blogger Rebecca Alber offers up five ways to inspire more student-centered learning in your classroom.

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Design 101 for Educators: Choose Your Fonts Carefully

Jason Cranford Teague, author and observer, makes the case that your students' ability to retain information is connected to the fonts they're seeing on the page or screen.

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Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Visual Literacy
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Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Visual Literacy

The filmmaker touches on topics ranging from the importance of teaching visual literacy to violence in films to the preservation of classic movies.

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.

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