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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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Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Visual Literacy

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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Journaling the Old-School Way

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

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Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Visual Literacy

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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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Close-up black-and-white photo of a student’s hands as they write in a journal.
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Journaling the Old-School Way

In a class where every student has a laptop, there’s still an argument to be made for keeping a pen-and-paper journal.

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Young children work on literacy exercises with their teacher.
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3 Literacy Practices That Work

A literacy researcher shares three practices that are proven to be effective for early elementary learners.

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A teacher sits on a chair and reads to students sitting on the floor.
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A Community of Passionate Readers

Get elementary students more excited about reading with these easy-to-implement community literacy projects.

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Keeping Learning Real, Relevant, and Relatable

Reading and writing exercises teachers can use to tap students’ interests and experiences in a variety of classes.

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The Benefits of Reading for Pleasure

Reading for fun has numerous lifelong benefits, and we have ideas for how you can promote this habit among your students.

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A student and teacher discuss the student’s college essay.
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Teaching the College Essay

Your students can write argumentative essays, but they need additional guidance to produce standout personal narratives.

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Using Find and Replace as a Writing Tool

This simple tool can highlight word and punctuation choices to help developing writers examine the mechanics of their writing.

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A young boy in a large-striped red and blue polar shirt is sitting at his desk with his head down in a book.
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What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.

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

Round Robin Reading (RRR) has been a classroom staple for over 200 years and an activity that over half of K-8 teachers report using in one of its many forms, despite overwhelming criticism that the practice is ineffective for its stated purpose: enhancing...

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are expected to have internalized by the end of high school and includes everything from illustration and chart literacy to speaking, grammar and genres within fields...

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A young woman reads a heavily annotated book.
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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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How Important is Teaching Literacy in All Content Areas?

We know students do plenty of listening in our classes, but what about the other three communication skills they should be engaging in and practicing daily? I'm talking about reading, writing, and speaking.

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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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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical words second nature to our students will enhance achievement on assessments and will be useful in college...

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