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  1. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Brainstorming and Reviewing Using the Carousel Strategy
    This strategy guide introduces Carousel Brainstorming, also known as Rotating Review, and offers suggestions to implement this technique in your classroom for brainstorming about new topics or reviewing learned information.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Bringing Lessons to Life with Animoto
    Using Animoto, a free Web 2.0 tool, students can develop short digital videos that include music, photos, video clips, and text as well as share their creations electronically.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Close Reading of Literary Texts
    This guide provides strategies for choosing text that is appropriate for close reading and to plan for instruction.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   1 – 3  |  Strategy Guide
    Depend on the Text! How to Create Text-Dependent Questions
    Teachers need to create text-dependent questions to elicit close reading. When answering these questions, students learn to reread and think deeply about the text.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Developing Evidence-Based Arguments from Texts
    This strategy guide clarifies the difference between persuasion and argumentation, stressing the connection between close reading of text to gather evidence and formation of a strong argumentative claim about text.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   1 – 3  |  Strategy Guide
    Get Close to Think Deeply: Creating Primary-Level Close Readings
    Close readings allow primary students to engage with complex texts. Through repeated reading, students build a deep understanding of the text and critical thinking skills.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Strategy Guide
    Introducing Ideas and Vocabulary with the Concept Sort
    A Concept Sort is a vocabulary and comprehension strategy used with students to introduce new topics and/or familiarize students with new vocabulary.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   3 – 8  |  Strategy Guide
    Making Connections
    In this strategy guide, you’ll learn to model how students can make three different kinds of connections (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world). Students then use this knowledge to find their own personal connections to a text.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Making the Reading Process Visible through Performance Assessment
    Effective differentiation begins with purposeful assessment. In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to construct an authentic performance-based reading assessment that will give you access to students’ thinking before, during, and after reading.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide
    Preparing Students for Success with Reading in the Content Areas
    In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to determine the level and type of support you need to provide students based on careful preparation as a content area expert.

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