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.

3 Tips For Teaching Close Reading

3 Tips For Teaching Close Reading by Dan Henderson, Author of That’s Special: A Survival Guide To Teaching Here are some best practices for close reading. Below I’ve included three strategies to support your close reading lesson, and beneath these tips I have shared a story about a close reading lesson in which a student […]

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12 Common Reasons Students Don’t Read & What You Can Do About It

12 Common Reasons Students Don’t Read & What You Can Do About It by Terry Heick Why don’t students read more? Digital distractions? No books at home? Too much testing? Kim Kardashian? It depends on the student. It depends on illiteracy vs aliteracy. It depends on how you define reading (does reading long-winded character dialogues […]

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20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading

20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading by TeachThought Staff As anyone with a toddler knows, iPads can be addictive for children. They seem to have some sort of special radar that lets them know when an iDevice is within their reach, and they’ll do anything they can to get their hands on them. Sometimes […]

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Teacher-Created Literacy App: Toonspaghetti

Teacher-Created Literacy App: Toonspaghetti by Leah Hinton, Teacher & App Developer At my last school I was tasked with helping my colleagues embed IT into their classrooms, and so I created a Digital Arts program. I designed and co-taught programs in line with the Units of Inquiry that got students being creative with literacy, using […]

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from […]

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Recommended Reading: Do I Really Have To Teach Reading?

Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?: Content Comprehension, Grades 6-12 by TeachThought Staff Title: Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?: Content Comprehension, Grades 6-12 Author: Cris Tovani Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers; 1 edition (January 1, 2004) Print Length: 144 pages Big Idea: Literacy instruction is accessible to all content area teachers Audience: All teachers in grades 6-12 […]

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10 Dos & Don’ts For Teaching Vocabulary In Any Content Area

10 Dos & Don’ts For Teaching Vocabulary In Any Content Area by TeachThought Staff With the Common Core adoption in the United States, teaching vocabulary is no longer strictly the domain of the English-Language Arts classroom. While Robert Marzano has been promoting the instruction of academic vocabulary for years–and many school literacy plans have included […]

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Stop Worrying About Screen Time

Stop Worrying About Screen Time by Terry Heick Ed note: This post was written by Terry for alternet, and is being republished here. Screen time. Just the phrase tightens the chests of well-intentioned (and helicoptering) parents everywhere. Concerns range from our children becoming anti-social to developing addictions to certain games (I’m looking at you Minecraft, and […]

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