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Five Ways NOT to Teach Vocabulary

Article
Standards: Language • Foundational Skills
Details five common misconceptions in teaching vocabulary to students. Also mentions how to approach vocabulary lessons so that students learn more and have fun; includes five web resources.

Fluency #1: Repeated Reading

Lesson in Action
Standards: Foundational Skills
Mr. Lam is addressing fluency on multiple levels: modeling and demonstration, repeated readings and paired readings, teaching strategies for word recognition in context, and the embedding of...

Fluency #2: Create Fluency Logs

Lesson in Action
Standards: Foundational Skills
Ms. Talt’s 2nd grade class has been engaged in repeated readings. In this lesson, students will create a My Fluency Log PowerPoint slide and audio record repeated readings of the same text, leading...

Fluency #3: Formative Assessment

Lesson in Action
Standards: Foundational Skills
Mr. Mepp is working with his 2nd grade class to help them with fluency, so he has introduced repeated reading and fluency logs. In this lesson, students will create a My Fluency Log PowerPoint slide...

Fostering the development of vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension through contextually-based multiple meaning vocabulary instruction

Research
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Standards: Language • Foundational Skills
The purpose of this study was to test the effects of vocabulary instruction, using words with multiple meanings (i.e., contextually-based multiple meaning vocabulary instruction), on the vocabulary...

Introduction to Fluency 508 Compliant Slideshow

Slideshow
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Standards: Foundational Skills
This is a 508 compliant version of the Overview Slideshow found in the Instructional Strategy Guide for English Language Arts: Fluency. 

Quick View: Captioning

Quick View
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Standards: Foundational Skills
Captions can provide struggling readers with additional print exposure, improving foundational reading skills. In a typical classroom, a teacher may find many students who are struggling readers,...

Quick View: Embedded Supports to Differentiate Instruction for Struggling Students

Quick View
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Standards: Language • Literature • Informational Text • Foundational Skills
To ensure that your students are college and career ready, you may need to incorporate a variety of supports into your English Language Arts (ELA) instruction, including Universal Design for Learning...

Quick View: Improving Fluency with Technology - Assisted Reading

Quick View
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Standards: Foundational Skills
Fluency is reading with accuracy, speed, and understanding. Students who struggle with fluency may read slowly, in a monotone, ignoring punctuation, or in choppy start-and-stop rhythms. Support these...

Quick View: Improving Fluency with Technology - Repeated and Performance Reading

Quick View
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Standards: Foundational Skills
Fluency is reading with accuracy, speed, and understanding. Students who struggle with fluency may read slowly, in a monotone, ignoring punctuation, or in choppy start-and-stop rhythms. Support these...

Quick View: Using Multimedia to Support Reading Instruction

Quick View
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Standards: Literature • Informational Text • Speaking and Listening
Part of preparing students to become college and career ready involves helping them become adept at integrating and evaluating information in a variety of different media formats. To help students...

Quick View: Using Multimedia to Support Reading in Social Studies

Quick View
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Standards: Literacy in History/Social Studies • Literature • Informational Text
As students advance to upper elementary grades, there is a shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn", particularly with regard to content-area reading in history, social studies, and...

Quick View: Using Texting in Your Instruction

Quick View
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Standards: Language
It may seem counterintuitive, but texting and “text speak” can be used as a fun way to help students build foundational reading skills such as word recognition and phonological awareness. You can...

Ready, Set, Write!

Article
Standards: Foundational Skills • Language
This article gives parents background on the processes involved in learning to write. The article discusses early development and later strategies parents can use to help their students.

Research on Reading Practices

Bibliography
The PowerUp WHAT WORKS Team at the Center for Technology Implementation, has conducted extensive reviews of the literature on the teaching reading. View our bibliography for a collection of...

Tech Research Brief: Captioning to Support Literacy

Article
Standards: Foundational Skills
The use of captioned or subtitled media can be a great tool for teachers looking to differentiate classroom instruction. Consider using captioned or subtitled media whenever and wherever you use...

The effects of instruction using semantic mapping on vocabulary and comprehension

Research
Standards: Foundational Skills • Language
The study compared the effectiveness of semantic mapping and context clues on students’ vocabulary and comprehension. In the semantic mapping group, the students learned new words using related known...

The effects of strategy instruction on the comprehension performance of at-risk students

Research
Standards: Literature
The study examined the effects of two interventions on improving student reading comprehension. The first intervention was strategy instruction. In this condition, students were taught how to...

Using PowerUp for PD: Fluency

Professional Development Support Material
Standards: Foundational Skills
Find general directions, suggested activities, and support materials/activities for the Slide Show, Teach with Tech, and the Lessons in Action to use in your professional development.

Using graphic organizers to improve at-risk students’ reading comprehension of expository text

Research
Standards: Informational Text • Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects • Literacy in History/Social Studies
The study employed a randomized controlled trial design to examine the effectiveness of using student-completed or researcher-completed graphic organizers on students’ comprehension of expository...