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Literacy

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

  • Creative Ways to Assess Math Understanding

    Traditional math assessments tend to provide a narrow gauge of student learning—here’s how some teachers are going deeper.
    Emelina Minero
  • Teacher kneels down to help a student in 9th grade English class

    Want Students to Master Literary Analysis? Try Starting With a Vocabulary Lesson 

    Unless they understand words such as ‘symbolize’ and ‘connote,’ it’s difficult for students to analyze literature well.
  • An illustration of the inside of a mind while writing

    Why Students Should Write in All Subjects

    Writing improves learning by consolidating information in long-term memory, researchers explain. Plus, five engaging writing activities to use in all subjects.
  • An illustration of a figure examining data

    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
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  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
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  • Practicing writing the letter R with a pencil on a worksheet

    How to Teach Handwriting—and Why It Matters

    Teaching young students how to write by hand before moving on to keyboarding can help improve their reading fluency as well.
    48.8k
  • Elementary girl reading book with laptop during remote learning.

    Virtual Literature Circles Create a Safe Space for Students

    Discussions that are centered in students' experiences spark more text-to-self connections and help students internalize concepts like empathy.
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  • Mo Willems characters reading

    Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly

    The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”
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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.

    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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  • A teacher reading aloud to his middle school students

    Reading Aloud to Middle School Students

    Hearing books read aloud benefits older students, enhancing language arts instruction and building a community of readers.
    42k
  • Teacher reading a book to a group of students

    Why Reading Aloud to Middle School Students Works

    The benefits of reading aloud aren’t limited to elementary students. One middle school teacher explains how “read-alongs” improve comprehension and boost engagement.
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  • Illustration concept for writing

    How Teachers Can Use Their Own Writing as Model Texts

    Many teachers demonstrate writing moves using model texts. Using their own writing can foster a strong classroom community as well as students’ writing skills.
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  • Middle school students reading in class

    5 Ways to Support Students Who Struggle With Reading Comprehension

    These strategies can help students who are able to decode well but have difficulty understanding what they read—and they’re beneficial for all students.
    13.5k
  • Two elementary school students sitting down and reading books

    If We Want Bookworms, We Need to Get Beyond Leveled Reading

    When it comes to nurturing kids’ love of reading, research suggests variety, choice—and encouragement to stretch—can make a difference.
    11.8k
  • Supporting Students With Dysgraphia

    While there's not a lot of research on dysgraphia yet, there are a few signs you should look out for, and some evidence-based tactics to help kids with the writing condition.
    15.1k

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