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Activity: Yesterday's News
Activity: Yesterday's News

Summarizing is a great way to know if a student is understandning the main point of the reading. In this activity from The Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Grades K-8, the student will write a news story to another student explaining the most important points to know from the text read the day before.

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The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Comprehending Content Area Texts
The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Comprehending Content Area Texts

Read this article from ILA's "Literacy Across Disciplines" by Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey, authors of Comprehension. Inside, the authors discuss their vision for not only deepening students' understanding of complex texts, but energizing and inspiring students to read passionately.

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Webinar: Writers Read Better: Writers Read Better: The Writing-Reading Connection
Webinar: Writers Read Better: Writers Read Better: The Writing-Reading Connection

We know that writing skills reinforce reading skills, but what’s the best way to capitalize on this beneficial relationship? By flipping the traditional “reading lesson first, writing lesson second” sequence, Colleen Cruz, author of Writers Read Better: Narrative and Nonfiction, ingeniously helps you make the most of the writing-to-reading connection with carefully matched, conceptually connected lesson pairs. Attend this webinar to discover how you can do the same and establish a healthy reciprocity that effectively and efficiently develops students’ literacy skills.

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Textbook Tamers Graphic Organizers
Textbook Tamers Graphic Organizers

These graphic organizers from The Nonfiction NOW Lesson Bank are tools that students can use throughout a reading and writing unit to help clarify their thinking.

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Collaborative Listening Viewing Guide

In this lesson from Smuggling Writing students learn to gather information from video and audio through structured note taking and collaborative discussion.

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Lesson Plans on Common Errors: They're, Their, There

Taken from Grammar Keepers these two-page lesson plans on they're, their, and there will help your students learn once and for all how to avoid misusing these homonyms.

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