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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Have you got something interesting planned for National Summer Learning Day (June 19)? If so, put your project on the map with the National Summer Learning Association and check out their event planning kit.
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Semantic maps are a strategy for graphically representing relationships between and among concepts. Researchers consider this an excellent technique for increasing vocabulary and improving reading comprehension.
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According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report the national high school graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4 percent, and for the third year in a row, the nation remained on pace to meet the goal of 90 percent on-time graduation by 2020. This sixth annual update on America's high school dropout challenge shows that these gains have been made possible by raising graduation rates for groups of students that have traditionally struggled to earn a high school diploma.
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