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Literacy

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

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8 Strategies to Keep Informational Reading Fun

Pique students' interest and excitement about informational reading by focusing their attention on how to use what they're learning rather than on how they're reading.

7 Tips to Make Running Records Manageable and Useful

Track your students' progress as readers with scheduled practice, an understanding of each student's cuing system, immediate feedback, and comprehension questions to check for understanding.

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.

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.

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Teach Empathy With Literature

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

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Creating a Writers' Workshop in a Secondary Classroom

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7 Reading Readiness Apps for Special Needs Students

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Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

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Writing 101 Pinterest Board

Visit a curated collection of resources on teaching writing on Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest, including tips, guides, blog posts, articles, infographics, and more.

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Sharing the Depth of Knowledge Wheel With Students

Many teachers use Norman Webb’s framework in developing assignments, but it can also be shared with students to help them develop literacy skills.

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Poetry Across the Curriculum

Comparing two poems side by side fosters deep thinking and rich discussion—even in classes beyond English.

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What We Lose With the Decline of Cursive

Technology is gradually replacing cursive instruction—but have we taken stock of what we’re losing?

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Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset

Use these novels to teach learning from loss and overcoming adversity in your middle schoolers and high school freshmen.

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March Madness in the Classroom?

Use NCAA-style brackets to get your students passionately debating works of literature—or big topics in any subject.

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Young Authors Challenge: Writing A Novel in 30 Days
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8th Graders Writing a Novel?

Two videos explore what happens when a middle school teacher challenges her students to write a novel in just one month.

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Hacking Teens’ Desire to Impress Their Peers

You can get teens to work harder by giving them an audience they really care about—each other.

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

Literacy strategies that waste instructional time include looking up words on lists, prizes for reading, weekly spelling tests, unsupported independent reading, and denial of recess.

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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.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.

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3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers

Young writers often feel blocked by the act of writing itself. Use these ideas to help get their thoughts flowing.

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How Important is Teaching Literacy in All Content Areas?

Literacy instruction is the responsibility of all educators -- regardless of the content they teach.

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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

Learning and memory specialist Marilee Sprenger writes about vocabulary critical to the Common Core and offers 11 strategies for helping students learn it.

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6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

Students need good reading skills not just in English but in all classes. Here are some ways you can help them develop those skills.

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