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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

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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...

Integrating Technology into the Classroom -- Part Two: Technology Supports for ELA

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This session will offer educators the opportunity to learn about how to differentiate instruction with technology-supported evidence-based English Language Arts (ELA) and math strategies, while...

Introduction to Summarizing 508 Compliant 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.

Mapping Knowledge: Concept Maps in Early Childhood Education

Article
Graphic organizers such as webs, timelines, Venn diagrams, flowcharts, and concept maps are well known and widely used instructional and learning tools. They help teachers and students not only to...

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

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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

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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...

Story Grammar

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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”...

Summarizing: Capture Main Ideas and Details

Lesson in Action
Standards: Literature
Ms. Shirley's 2nd grade class is concluding a unit on Sarah, Plain and Tall, a CCSS exemplar text. In this lesson students are learning how to craft summaries of narrative fiction using sequencing...

Summarizing: Informational Text

Lesson in Action
Standards: Informational Text • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Ms. Bailey, a veteran 6th grade teacher, wants to help her students strengthen their reading comprehension across all subject areas. In this lesson, students will learn how to craft summaries of...

Teaching Comprehension and Text Structure in the Content Areas

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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)....

Tech Research Brief: Supporting Reading in Social Studies

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Standards: Informational Text • Literacy in History/Social Studies
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) represent a shift in the way we approach reading instruction, particularly with regard to content-area reading in history, social...