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Use Easy Nonfiction to Build Background Knowledge

Use Easy Nonfiction to Build Background Knowledge

A Texas librarian shares his strategy of using nonfiction picture books to introduce new concepts to struggling adolescent readers and to build their background knowledge.

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Full Tilt: Our Interview with Neal Shusterman

Truth Seeker: Our Video Interview with Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone writes a little bit of everything — science, history, biography, poetry, and fiction. She throws herself into her research to provide context for the facts and to make her stories come alive.

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Accessing Background Knowledge in the ELL Classroom

Accessing Background Knowledge in the ELL Classroom

As you teach content areas to ELLs of diverse backgrounds, you may find that they struggle to grasp the content, and that they approach the content from very different perspectives.

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Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War

Booklist: Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photography vividly depict Civil War battles, the Underground Railroad, and Lincoln's tumultuous presidential term.

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Booklist: Biographies

Biographies are on lots of school booklists, but they can also be popular leisure reading choices for teens. This list features biographies of the famous, infamous, and not-so-famous!

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Featured Strategy

Classroom Strategy: Seed Discussion

A Seed Discussion is a two-part strategy used to teach students how to actively engage in discussions about assigned readings. In the first part, students read selected text and identify "seeds" or key concepts of a passage which may need additional explanation. In the second part, students work in small groups to present their "seeds" to one another. Each "seed" should be thoroughly discussed before moving on to the next.
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Featured Resource

Five Black History Month Lessons

Add depth and dimension to your Black History Month lessons with this collection of resources highlighting key events, movements, and traditions as well as notable leaders, poets, and musicians from PBS Learning Media. Create a fee account to build interactive, personalized, media -rich learning experiences for engaged, real-world learning. (From KQED Education)
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Featured Glossary Term


Metacognition is the process of thinking about thinking. For example, good readers use metacognition before reading when they clarify their purpose for reading and preview the text.
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Research & News

2016 Building a Grad Nation Data Brief

While U.S. high school graduation rates continue to rise, new data released as part of the GradNation campaign highlights sobering gaps for key student populations in dozens of states.
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