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All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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What Does It Mean to Be College Ready?

What Does It Mean to Be College Ready?

This model makes the case for a more comprehensive look at college readiness and outlines four skill areas: cognitive strategies; key content; academic behaviors; and contextual skills and awareness.
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Teacher-Student Interactions: The Key to Quality Classrooms

Activities to Build College-Level Reading Skills

Research shows that to be on target for college and career readiness in reading by the end of eight grade, students should be able to demonstrate skill in five key skill areas.
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Creating a College-Going Culture for English Language Learners

Creating a College-Going Culture for English Language Learners

Some English language learners may not know what to expect from the college application process. Others don't start thinking about college until their junior or senior year.
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Booklist: History and Cultures

A committee of YALSA librarians curated this booklist to open doors on new worlds, exciting ideas, eccentric personalities, unfamiliar cultures, and distant time periods.
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Video Interview with Rick Riordan

Video Interview with Rick Riordan

Meet Rick Riordan, a former middle school teacher and now the bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the Heroes of Olympus.
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Featured Strategy

Featured Strategy: Question the Author (QtA)

This comprehension strategy requires students to pose queries while reading the text in order to challenge their understanding and solidify their knowledge. Primarily used with nonfiction text, QtA lets students critique the author's writing and in doing so engage with the text to create a deeper meaning.
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Featured Resource

Identifying Key Ideas and Supporting Details: The Setup

Watch as 6th grade history teacher Jodi Hoard prepares her students for a close reading of a text about Meresamun, a temple singer in Ancient Egypt. In this clip, Ms. Hoard shows students how to read for the key idea and supporting details. (Language Arts Standards RI.6 and RH.6-8)
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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

Putting students in charge to close the achievement gap

In an 11th-grade English class at Pittsfield Middle High School in rural New Hampshire, Jenny Wellington's students were gathered in a circle debating Henry David Thoreau's positions on personal responsibility. Welcome to student-centered learning at Pittsfield, a grade 7–12 campus in its third year of an innovative approach to education.
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