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Motivating Young Writers Through Write-Talks: Real Writers, Real Audiences, Real Purposes

Grades   6 – 12  |  Professional Library

Motivating Young Writers Through Write-Talks: Real Writers, Real Audiences, Real Purposes

This article describes the use of "write-talks," brief motivational talks designed to engage students in writing.

 

"I Wouldn't Choose It, but I Don't Regret Reading It": Scaffolding Students' Engagement With Complex Texts

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library

"I Wouldn't Choose It, but I Don't Regret Reading It": Scaffolding Students' Engagement With Complex Texts

Three strategies are presented to support secondary students in negotiating the challenges posed by complex texts.

 

Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)

Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library

Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)

Argues that regular homophone practice enhances vocabulary knowledge, spelling skills, pronunciation ability, and overall reading proficiency. Describes how card games played with decks of homophones helped to accomplish these things. Notes particular benefits of homophone games to ESL students, and outlines key advantages of using the games.

 

Implementing Readers Theatre as an approach to classroom fluency instruction

Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library

Implementing Readers Theatre as an approach to classroom fluency instruction

This article describes how Readers Theatre was implemented as an engaging means for reading fluency instruction in a second-grade classroom.

 

From Sheryl Crow to Homer Simpson: Literature and Composition through Pop Culture

Grades   7 – 12  |  Professional Library

From Sheryl Crow to Homer Simpson: Literature and Composition through Pop Culture

High school teacher Jerome Evans makes popular culture an integral part of his courses. Through analyzing themes in song lyrics, rhetorical devices in essays and advertisements, and psychology in contemporary film, students improve their skills in critical thinking and writing.