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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in ReadWriteThink. We have compiled a list of the questions most frequently posed to our staff. Just click on the questions below to read the related answers.

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How can I find materials on ReadWriteThink?

I canít open PDF printables. Can you help?

The interactives wonít open on my computer. How can I fix this?

Why canít work be saved in your interactive tools?

Can I link to the ReadWriteThink site?

Will you link to my website?

May I reprint ReadWriteThink materials?

May I adapt ReadWriteThink materials?

How do I submit materials to the site?

Where else can I connect with ReadWriteThink online?

 

 

HOW CAN I FIND MATERIALS ON READWRITETHINK?

There are several ways to find materials on the ReadWriteThink site. The Search Resources tool is available on the left-hand side of every page and allows you to filter what you see by a variety of different categories, including grade level and resource type.

You can also use the keyword box at the top of the Search Resources tool to search using a specific term or phrase. When you do this, you will see results from the ReadWriteThink site and will also have the option to see resources from the Verizon Thinkfinity Consortium partner sites in other disciplines.

You can also browse each of the four sections of the ReadWriteThink site using the buttons that line the top of every page. You'll find content as follows:

Classroom Resources contains lesson plans, student interactives, printouts, calendar activities, and booklists.

Professional Development contains information about professional development opportunities online and in your community, as well as instructional strategy guides and a professional library listing books and journals from IRA and NCTE.

About Us is where you'll learn about the ReadWriteThink site, including our partners, our staff, our authors, our advisors, and our community.

Parents & Afterschool Resources contains activities, games, printouts, and how-to's, all designed for out-of-school use.

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I CANíT OPEN PDF PRINTABLES. CAN YOU HELP?

You are probably experiencing technical difficulties with the PDF links because you do not have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. You can download it for free by clicking the "Get Acrobat Reader" button on our Technical Help page.

If you're having difficulties downloading or installing the Acrobat Reader plug-in, please visit the Acrobat Support Center.

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THE INTERACTIVES WONíT OPEN ON MY COMPUTER. HOW CAN I FIX THIS?

You may need to download the most recent version of the Flash or Shockwave plug-in for your browser. The plug-ins are available for free and are safe to install on your computer.

Visit our Technical Help page to learn which version of Flash and Shockwave you currently have on your computer. Then click on the buttons to download the latest versions.

If you're having difficulties downloading or installing the Flash or Shockwave plug-in, please visit the Acrobat Support Center.

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WHY CANíT WORK BE SAVED IN YOUR INTERACTIVE TOOLS?

Currently, work cannot be saved on any of our interactive tools. Issues of student privacy, passwords, server space, and cost have prevented us from offering this service.

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CAN I LINK TO THE READWRITETHINK SITE?

We welcome links to ReadWriteThink.org from school, classroom, educational, and personal websites that are freely available to the public. You do not need to formally request permission for these links, but we ask that you abide by the terms below.

  1. Acknowledgement: Please acknowledge us as the provider of the resource (e.g., "See the ĎABC Bookmaking Builds Vocabulary in the Content Areas' lesson by Laurie Henry, provided by ReadWriteThink.org, a website developed by the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, with support from the Verizon Foundation.")
  2. Terms of use: The resources on our site may only be linked to--not copied, reproduced, or modified in any way, nor placed within a frame.
  3. Cost: Since the organizations that sponsor ReadWriteThink feel strongly that all of our materials should be freely available to teachers, ReadWriteThink does not link to websites that require paid subscriptions nor do we wish the managers of these websites to link to our materials. No one should have to pay a fee to access ReadWriteThink's resources.
  4. Access/review: Please contact us with the specific URL(s) where our information will reside so that we may review the context and confirm the purpose.

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WILL YOU LINK TO MY WEBSITE?

ReadWriteThink is very selective of the sites chosen to be included as links in our activities and lesson plans. We do not link to any websites that contain numerous advertisements, require a subscription, or are not related to literacy education. If you believe that your website meets ReadWriteThink's rigorous criteria, please contact us with your URL and a description of where you think it might best go on our site.

The link will be examined by our staff and advisors, who will determine whether it will be included. All decisions are final.

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MAY I REPRINT READWRITETHINK MATERIALS?

ReadWriteThink materials may be reprinted for use in K-12 or higher education classrooms or for out-of-school educational settings. Please feel free to photocopy the materials for student portfolios and to share with your colleagues.

Note, however, that ReadWriteThink integrates the Internet into the teaching and learning process. We spend a considerable amount of time updating links as external websites reorganize or remove content from the Internet. A hard copy reprint from ReadWriteThink would therefore be dated before long. Rather than reprint the entire resource, we encourage you to print the title, author, overview, and URL, along with a copyright line citing ReadWriteThink.org as the publisher.

You need not seek permission to print the suggested items, but we would appreciate if you would contact us with your curriculum guide title and the districts in which it will be distributed.

Authors of upcoming professional books who wish to reprint ReadWriteThink materials or include screenshots of our materials should contact us to request permission.

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MAY I ADAPT READWRITETHINK MATERIALS?

ReadWriteThink materials (e.g., lessons, rubrics, and handouts) may be adapted as needed to serve students' needs in and out of school.

ReadWriteThink's student interactives are proprietary items and copyrighted by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. These tools are not available for sale or adaptation.

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HOW DO I SUBMIT MATERIALS TO THE SITE?

ReadWriteThink seeks classroom-tested, evidence-based lesson plans, printouts, and strategy guides for our Classroom Resources and Professional Development sections. We are also looking for resources for our Parent & Afterschool Resources section. If you are interested in submitting materials to the site, please visit Contribute to ReadWriteThink and fill out the form to sign up. Please note: If you are a teacher educator, please contact us before assigning your students to submit lessons.

We are also looking for educators to share their inspirational experiences in our Community Stories section. To submit, please fill out the Share Your Story form.

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WHERE ELSE CAN I CONNECT WITH READWRITETHINK ONLINE?

You can find updates on the newest ReadWriteThink resources as well as timely materials at any of these sites:

You can also follow, friend, & connect with other Thinkfinity partners for even more resources.

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