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All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Tips on Starting a Community Service Project

Tips on Starting a Community Service Project

A successful community service project is the result of clear objectives, thoughtful planning and coordination, savvy use of resources, and follow-through.

The Diviner: Our Interview with Libba Bray

The Diviner: Our Interview with Libba Bray

Bray talks about how growing up around family stories shaped her life as a storyteller and writer – and gives a hint as to where her sense of humor (and love of the macabre) come from.

Engaging Family and Community in Afterschool and Summer Programs

Engaging Family & Community in Summer Programs

Community support can emphasize the importance of reading and encourage youth to seek out ways to engage in literate activities. Learn about effective strategies that strengthen community engagement.

Play Ball! Baseball Books We Love

Play Ball! Baseball Books We Love

Some great books for kids who love baseball — biography, history, an anthology, a fictionalized journal, and lots of good teen fiction with baseball featured in the subplots.

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Reading Without Walls: Gene Yang & Hope Larson

Reading Without Walls: Chatting with Hope Larson

Hope Larson tells us about writing the next run of Batgirl, when Batgirl goes backpacking through Asia. And she talks about her love of adventure comics, like The Adventures of Tintin.

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Classroom Strategy: Frayer Model

The Frayer Model is a strategy that uses a graphic organizer for vocabulary building. This technique requires students to (1) define the target vocabulary words or concepts, and (2) apply this information by generating examples and non-examples. This information is placed on a chart that is divided into four sections to provide a visual representation for students.
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Featured Resource

How to Get Your Teen Reading

Older kids need different kinds of support from their parents than younger children do, but that support is still critical. Check out these tips tp help encourage reading during the summer months — and into the school year (In English and Spanish, from our sister site Colorín Colorado).
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Check out these recommended books from our partner, Understood.org:

School Matters:
A blog by Karin Chenoweth

New Assessments Provide Less, Not More, Information

I continue my quest to find out how expert educators are viewing the new assessments their students are taking. Today, I report on Artesia High School, where students recently took the Smarter Balanced assessment for the second time
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Research & News

Report showcases opportunities, challenges of homeless students

With a continued push to a 90 percent graduation rate for all students, a new report released Monday addresses a population not often discussed – homeless students.
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