Literacy

Moving Students from Basic Recall to Analytical Comprehension

Laura Robb  December 7th, 2015 

“Comprehension” is a word that teachers use all the time: Jake’s comprehension is weak; Talia can’t comprehend nonfiction; David comprehends everything he reads. ...

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How I Researched and Evaluated One of My Everyday Teaching Practices

Jennifer Palmer  December 4th, 2015  Comments • 3

In today’s education world, teachers are completely surrounded by data, but in many ways, we are left wondering how to apply it to our teaching practices. Because testing...

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List Poetry and the Art of Classroom Storytelling

Kwame Alexander  November 24th, 2015 
Did you know that you’re a storyteller? All teachers are—every time we explain our instructional plans for the day, help our students understand photosynthesis,

I Believe Every Child Can Become a Super Reader

Pam Allyn  November 16th, 2015  Comments • 2

Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell are the co-authors Every Child a Super Reader, a new book from Scholastic that empowers educators, giving them the tools to...

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The Implicit Benefits of Explicit Reading Instruction

Laura Robb  November 9th, 2015 

“But what does an inference look like?”  This question, posed by a fifth grade student struggling to get a grip on making inferences represents the confusion many students...

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Turning Everyday Moments into Powerful Literacy Lessons

Anne E. Cunningham  November 3rd, 2015 

I see reading lessons everywhere I look: at the grocery store, driving around town, hiking a coastal trail, waiting for the bus, and of course, on a cozy couch.

A Story of a Boy and a Book

Pernille Ripp  October 27th, 2015 
He came to me with anger seeping out of every pore, a cloud of dismay surrounding him. Looking at us with eyes that told the world that he was not afraid

How to Awaken a Dormant Reader

Penny Kittle  October 13th, 2015 
I am sure I will meet dormant readers this year, and even though my running metaphor may not be a perfect match, it has reminded me of a few important things.

10 Sample Lesson Plans to Try This September (or Anytime)

Suzanne McCabe  September 10th, 2015  Comments • 1

At the start of a new school year, where do you look for lesson plans and engaging conversation-starters that will interest your students? Many teachers tell us that they...

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My Back to School Promise: Books, Glorious Books!

Annie Ward  September 8th, 2015  Comments • 2

If I had a plane, I would skywrite “Books, Glorious Books—and Time to Read Them!” for all to see. Knowing that voluminous reading is key to...

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How to Get Students Back into the Writing Zone

Ruth Culham  August 27th, 2015  Comments • 1

During the first week of school, I will often ask students if they did any writing over the summer. Almost universally, they will tell me “no.”

But I know this just...

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Why We Need More Poetry in Schools

Kwame Alexander  August 19th, 2015 

Below is an excerpt from an article I co-wrote with Chris Colderley, "Making Words Dance," in this month's Language Magazine, August 2015.

Stopping the Summer Slide in Rhode Island

Andy Moffit  August 17th, 2015 

The author is the First Gentleman of Rhode Island.

Strategies to Improve Students' Analytical Thinking

Laura Robb  July 7th, 2015  Comments • 4

“She can read all the words, but she doesn’t remember anything.”

This is a frequent comment from teachers about students who are outstanding decoders, yet who can’t...

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What the Research Says: Reading and Writing Connections

Lois Bridges  July 2nd, 2015  Comments • 3

Nurturing a love of reading comes naturally when we rely on good research to guide us. On edu@scholastic, we're featuring five important issues related to children's...

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How to Select Perfect Mentor Texts That Transform Young Readers and Writers

Maria Walther  July 1st, 2015  Comments • 1

When you’re a children’s literature fanatic, like I am, you surround yourself with fellow book lovers. Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with one of my book...

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What the Research Says: The Power of the Read Aloud

Lois Bridges  June 23rd, 2015  Comments • 1

Nurturing a love of reading comes naturally when we rely on good research to guide us. On edu@scholastic, we're featuring five important issues related to children's...

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What the Research Says: Books in the Home

Lois Bridges  June 19th, 2015 

Nurturing a love of reading comes naturally when we rely on good research to guide us. On edu@scholastic, we're featuring five important issues related to children's...

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What the Research Says: Reading Self-Selected Books for Fun

Lois Bridges  June 9th, 2015 

Nurturing a love of reading comes naturally when we rely on good research to guide us. On edu@scholastic, we're featuring five important issues related to children's...

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What the Research Says: Reading Volume

Lois Bridges  June 3rd, 2015  Comments • 1

Nurturing a love of reading comes naturally when we rely on good research to guide us. On edu@scholastic, we're featuring five important issues related to children's...

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State Teachers of the Year: Independent Reading is Extremely Important

Tyler Reed  May 22nd, 2015  Comments • 2

How important is independent reading to a child's overall success? How often do teachers dedicate time to independent reading in the classroom?

Earlier this week,...

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How Do We Make Time for Project-Based Learning?

Nell K. Duke  May 21st, 2015 

I talk with many teachers who would like to include project-based learning in their classrooms, but just don’t know how they can fit it in with everything else they are...

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What I'm Reading - Ruth Culham

Ruth Culham  May 7th, 2015 

If I try to read at night, I fall asleep and wake up at about 2:00 AM with my glasses askew and the book or journal on the floor. I read on the plane -- which is the best...

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Before Writing, It Helps to Listen

Suzanne McCabe  March 26th, 2015 

Last fall, we welcomed 32 students from across the country and around the world to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps.

The Value of "Community Reads" Experiences

Brent Harrington  March 6th, 2015 

The middle school journey is complex and often tumultuous. Social challenges, physical changes, and academic expectations are often at odds as students traverse the...

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