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10 Ways to Research with the New York Times

Tools and Templates
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A list of 10 suggestions for how students can access different parts of the New York Times for research projects.

6+1 Trait® Definitions

Article
Standards: Writing
The 6+1 Trait® Writing analytical model for assessing and teaching writing is made up of 6+1 key qualities that define strong writing. This brief provides definitions and information on the model.

6+1 Trait® Rubrics (aka Scoring Guides)

Tools and Templates
Standards: Writing
The core of the 6+1 Trait® assessment model is the rubric. This site provides 5-Point and 6-Point sets for K-2 and 3-12. Both sets are field tested, research-based, and teacher friendly.

Adolescent Literacy: Addressing the Needs of Students in Grades 4-12

Article
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Standards: Literature • Informational Text • Writing
"This book chapter defines adolescent literacy, summarizes what we know about the literacy skills of adolescent and adults in the U.S., and presents a review of the research on effective literacy...

Assessment Overview: Beyond Standardized Testing

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This video explains traditional standardized testing isn't the only way, or necessarily the best way, to gauge a student's knowledge and abilities. Many states are incorporating performance-based...

Bringing Passion to the Research Process: The I-Search Paper

Article
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This paper combines suggestions for carrying out the I-Search process with examples from classrooms.  It includes mini-lessons and handouts teachers can use.

Conducting Research: Gathering Information

Lesson in Action
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Students in Ms. Gill’s Grade 6 social studies/ELA class are working on a research project. Each student has selected a specific topic relating to how the economic systems of different countries...

Cutting to the Common Core: The Positive Side of the Digital Divide.

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This article describes ways to differentiate reading instruction for struggling students using a variety of technology tools

Digital Storytelling: Extending the Potential for Struggling Writers

Article
Standards: Writing
While some young writers may struggle with traditional literacy, tapping into new literacies like digital storytelling may boost motivation and scaffold understanding of traditional literacies. Three...

Direct teaching, strategy instruction, and strategy instruction with explicit self-regulation: Effects on the composition skills and self- efficacy of students with learning disabilities

Research
Standards: Writing
This study assesses the impact of self-regulated strategy development (SRSD) on students identified as learning disabled (LD). Students were assigned to one of four conditions: full SRSD, SRSD...

Drafting: Possible Leads

Lesson in Action
Standards: Writing • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Students in Mr. Bradford’s 5th grade class are creating a digital report about key women in the American Revolution. In this lesson, students will practice drafting possible leads to use in their...

Engaging Students in Environmental Research Projects: Perceptions of Fluency with Innovative Technologies and Levels of Scientific Inquiry Abilities

Research
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This longitudinal study used a mixed-method approach to investigate the impact of student engagement in scientific research projects on high-level scientific inquiry abilities. A total of 125 9th-...

Fostering Students' Evaluation Behaviour while Searching the Internet

Research
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The study used a quasi-experimental design to examine the effect of an intervention for teaching students how to evaluate social studies content on the Internet. Students in four 9th -grade classes...

Four Principles Toward Teaching the Craft of Revision

Article
Standards: Writing
This short article highlights the importance of teaching revision as part of the writing process, and offers strategies and suggestions for teaching this skill to your students.

Help Struggling Students Develop Writing Skills

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Standards: Writing
The writing process involves three major phases—prewriting, drafting, and reviewing.  Although struggling students have difficulty across the phases, initially generating ideas for writing and then...

Implementing the Writing Process

Article
Standards: Writing
This strategy guide explains the writing process and offers practical methods for applying it in your classroom to help students become proficient writers.

Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices

Research
"The goal of this practice guide is to present specific and coherent evidence-based recommendations that educators can use to improve literacy levels in adolescents in upper elementary, middle and...

Improving reading comprehension and social studies knowledge in middle school

Research
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The study used a randomized controlled trial to examine the effectiveness of PACT (Promoting Acceleration of Comprehension and Content Through Text) on middle school students’ reading comprehension...

Inside Writing Communities: Grades 3-5 Professional Development Workshop

Module
Standards: Writing • Literature
This workshop is supported online with a viewing guide, resources for teachers, and an interactive exercise. A Facilitator's Guide offers a suggested agenda for a two-and-a-half-hour workshop...

Integrating Technology with Student-Centered Learning

Research
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This report describes a study of indicating that teachers are not sufficiently integrating technology into student-centered learning discusses the potential for doing so.