Some strategies are not just for school! Even though it's summer, you and your reader can still work together on an important literacy skill: summarizing. "Paragraph shrinking" doesn't require special reading materials, and enables readers to practice summarizing using materials of their choosing. This simple oral strategy involves reading for a specified period of time, summarizing passage content and key points, and identifying the main theme or concept. Click the link for more information and a video of the strategy in action!
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Featured Glossary Term
From the Center for Media Literacy , "Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a variety of forms, from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy."
Summer learning loss can take a toll on students' achievement. One effective way to avoid it is to encourage students to keep reading over the break. This review covers four apps and e-reading platforms that engage kids in reading. Some offer stories and audiobooks, others track reading progress.
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Research & News
A record seven out of ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates from the class of 2012 enrolled in college the following school year, which was two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. These positive trends in Hispanic educational attainment also extend to high school, with the level of dropouts (14% in 2011) at half of what it was in 2000 (28%).