Literacy

Literacy is the ability to make sense of or use ‘something.’ From books to technology, research to writing, literacy is the foundation of learning.

Instead Of A Book Report, My Students ‘Wrote’ A Video

Instead Of A Book Report, My Students ‘Wrote’ A Video by Kim Blomqvist, Secondary Teacher Assigning book reports was slowly creeping up on me as the school year progressed. My former colleagues were all complaining about it and I remembered it all too well from my days in the classroom. While there always are those students that […]

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Dyslexic Thinkers Aren’t Disabled Thinkers

Dyslexic Thinkers Aren’t Disabled Thinkers by Dr. Lee Tincher In the world of reading, we know oral language is mapped on to symbols we recognize as the alphabet. This is a sound-symbol relationship. When an individual struggles to grasp this relationship, the label of “dyslexia” is often applied, implying a learning disability. This approach assumes […]

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Owl Eyes: 12 Ways To Use Digital Text Annotation

Owl Eyes: 12 Ways To Use Digital Text Annotation by TeachThought Staff Owl Eyes asked us to let us know about their (free) digital text annotation tool they created for mobile reading. So what is it? Owl Eyes was designed to offer an improved reading experience for students, teachers, and everyday readers. They wanted a clean, […]

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Kurt Vonnegut Describes The Shape Of A Story

Kurt Vonnegut Describes The Shape Of A Story by Terry Heick The ‘narrative arc’ is a way of describing the traditional rising and falling of action in a story. Most stories are built around a character that wants something–Shrek wants his swamp back, Cinderella wants love, Woody wants to be played with (Toy Story). This […]

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5 Ideas For Using Infographics To Teach Classic Literature

5 Ideas For Using Infographics To Teach Classic Literature by Dawn Casey-Rowe for easel.ly If you’re the English teacher or drama coach, you’re probably pretty up on your Hamlet and MacBeth. The rest of us–not so much.   These works can be pretty daunting for students and mere mortals alike. Even with Sparknotes, Thugnotes, and […]

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11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy

11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy by Terry Heick In understanding the shift from literacy to digital literacy–or rather to understand them both in their own native contexts–it may help to take a look at the underlying assumptions of digital literacy. This means looking at what’s changing, why it’s changing, and what that means for […]

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15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension

15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension by TeachThought Staff Reading comprehension is a matter of decoding, reading speed, and critical thinking about the text, all of which can improve with tiered practice. (See 50 apps for struggling readers.) So below, in an order of general complexity, are 15 apps for improved reading […]

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21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary

21 Digital Tools To Build Vocabulary by Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? In addition, a broad […]

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