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All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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Just for Teachers: Top 10 Resources on Back to School

Just for Teachers: Top 10 Resources on Back to School

Get ready for a great school year with these ideas for planning a sparkling back-to-school night, creating a literacy-rich classroom, and more!
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Back to School: Tips for Special Education Teachers

Tips for Special Education Teachers

View our top 10 list of back-to-school tips that we hope will make managing your special education program a little easier.
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The Importance of Reading Widely

The Importance of Reading Widely

Did you know that kids encounter new vocabulary, ideas, and worlds just by reading different genres? Find out how you can expose the young readers in your life to a wider variety of books!
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All Kinds of Families

All Kinds of Families

Too often TV and movies portray perfect families that teens can't relate to. Our list has books with relatable families -- dealing with real issues, large and small.
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How Parents Can Encourage Teens to Read

How Parents Can Encourage Teens to Read

You know that reading is important and you want to make sure that your teenager acquires all the skills she needs to succeed. Browse our suggestions for encouraging your teens to read.
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Featured Strategy: Semantic Feature Analysis

This strategy engages students in reading assignments by asking them to relate selected vocabulary to key features of the text. A matrix helps students discover how one set of things is related to one another. Teachers can adapt this strategy to create an ice-breaker activity for those first few awkward days of school!
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Reading (and Scaffolding) Expository Texts Homepage Featured Resource

As your new students come into your classroom this fall, you may find they require extra support when reading expository texts. Their unique structure and style differs from other sorts of reading, so teaching students about signal words and organization can help. This article provides several suggestions for doing both!
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Featured Glossary Term

Differentiated Instruction

An approach to teaching that includes planning out and executing various approaches to content, process, and product. Differentiated instruction is used to meet the needs of student differences in readiness, interests, and learning needs.
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Research & News

Building a Better Online Reader

When Ziming Liu, a professor at San Jose State University whose research centers on digital reading and the use of e-books, conducted a review of studies that compared print and digital reading experiences, supplementing their conclusions with his own research, he found that several things had changed. On screen, people tended to browse and scan, to look for keywords, and to read in a less linear, more selective fashion. On the page, they tended to concentrate more on following the text. Skimming, Liu concluded, had become the new reading: the more we read online, the more likely we were to move quickly, without stopping to ponder any one thought.
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