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

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Reimagining School Writing

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Support English-Language Learners With Scannable Technology

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A Skill Strong Readers Share

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A Valuable Tool for English Language Learners

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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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A Skill Strong Readers Share

Metacognition helps readers analyze texts as they read, and it’s a skill you can teach your students.

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A young Asian girl works on her writing in class.
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A Valuable Tool for English Language Learners

Portfolios provide great benefits to students writing in their second language, allowing them to see their progress toward their goals.

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Writing Workshop Checklist

Teaching a writing workshop can be scary, but this list of eight things you’ll need will help you get started.

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Books That Explore the Refugee Experience

These nine books—for students of all grade levels—convey what it’s like to be a refugee.

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A Voice Worth Listening To

Writing poetry can help students find confidence in their voice, and you can incorporate it into your curriculum with these mini-units.

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Student Athletes Have Audiences. Why Don’t Student Writers?

When students share their writing with an authentic audience, they raise their game.

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Doorways Into Activism

Books can give children an entry point to taking action in the outside world by providing examples of how to address bullying, bias, and injustice.

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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

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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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?

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

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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

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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