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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...

Adolescent Literacy: Content Literacy and the Common Core

Article
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Standards: Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects • Literacy in History/Social Studies
"This article for educators and administrators discusses the important role all content teachers play in improving students’ literacy skills.  The Common Core literacy standards complement the...

Effectiveness of question exploration to enhance students’ written expression of content knowledge and comprehension

Research
Standards: Literature • Informational Text • Writing
The study examined the effectiveness of the use of a Questioning Instructional Routine in combination with an instructional graphic, a Question Exploration Guide, on students’ reading and writing...

Effects of a direct instruction main idea summarization program and self-monitoring on reading comprehension of middle school students with learning disabilities

Research
Standards: Literature • Informational Text
The study examined the effectiveness of a main idea instructional program on and a self-monitoring technique on improving the reading comprehension of middle school students with disabilities. The...

Improving the reading comprehension of middle school students in inclusive classrooms

Research
Standards: Literature • Informational Text
The study examined the effectiveness of a direct instructional approach on middle school students’ reading comprehension. The intervention involved the use of summarization and question strategies...

Introduction to Self-Questioning 508 Compliant Slideshow

Slideshow
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Standards: Literature • Informational Text
This is a 508 compliant version of the Overview Slideshow found in the Instructional Strategy Guide for English Language Arts: Summarizing.

Middle and High School Reading Achievement: A School-Wide Approach

Article
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"An effective, school-wide model for teaching reading should include a two-prong approach: a plan for providing reading instruction to good readers and a plan for providing reading instruction to...

Quick View: Embedded Agents

Quick View
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Standards: Literature • Informational Text • Writing
Agents and tutors are the life-like characters in multimedia software and online applications that pop up on the screen to explain rules, provide hints, or prompt the user to use the program's...

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: 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...

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...

Self-Questioning: Types of Questions

Lesson in Action
Standards: Literature • Informational Text • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Ms. Raya's 4th grade class has been practicing self-questioning as a way to improve reading comprehension. In this lesson, Ms. Raya plans to help both her struggling and proficient students better...

Story Grammar

Article
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Standards: Literature • Informational Text
This reading comprehension strategy was designed to provide students with a strategic plan for selecting important aspects of story information for further study by asking themselves the five “wh”...

Strategies to Enhance Peer Feedback

Article
This article describes a number of strategies that help students learn how to give feedback to their peers. Sentence starters are commonly used and very helpful.

Teaching Comprehension and Text Structure in the Content Areas

Article
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Standards: Literature • Informational Text • Literacy in History/Social Studies • Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects
"The Common Core standards place significant emphasis on comprehension and text structure instruction for increasingly more complex text that is both narrative and informational (Common Core, 2010)....

The effects of adjunct questions and feedback on improving the reading comprehension skills of learning-disabled adolescents

Research
Standards: Literature • Informational Text
The study examined the effect of various questioning strategies on improving students’ reading comprehension. The participants of the intervention condition were randomly assigned into four groups:...

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: Self-Questioning

Professional Development Support Material
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Standards: Literature • Informational Text
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.