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Inference and Informational Text

Inference and Informational Text

Inferencing is something we do all the time, but often students don't realize this is a skill they naturally use.

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Jason Reyonlds: the beauty of words is magic

Jason Reyonlds: the beauty of words is magic

Gene Yang sits down with award-winning YA author Jason Reynolds. They talk about the unusual story structure in All American Boys and the inspiration for the book.

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Reading Non-Fiction Text with High School ELLs

Reading Non-Fiction Text with High School ELLs

In this lesson for high school ELLs, students will discuss the language used in Nelson Mandela's 1964 Court Speech "An Ideal for Which I am Prepared to Die."

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Revisiting the Classics

Revisiting the Classics

We've matched canonical texts with popular YA Lit read-alikes. The pairings are perfect for adolescent readers because of their relatable, timeless themes, and compelling plot lines.

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History Makers: Our Interview with Deborah Hopkinson

History Makers: Our Interview with Deborah Hopkinson

Hopkinson's award-winning books combine attention to small details with a presentation that engage young people with history.
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Featured Strategy

Featured reading comprehension strategy

Structured Notetaking

Structured notes are really helpful when students are faced with interpreting complex text structures.
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Featured Resources

Center on Technology and Disability Center on Technology and Disability

Find a wealth of free webinars, articles, guides, training materials, and more — all about assistive technology to support students with learning disabilities.
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This free resource, built by teachers for teachers, offers a collection thematically organized, leveled texts for classrooms — poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature.
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Humanities Resources for the Common Core

EDSITEment’s new educational resources for the Common Core are centered on classic fictional works, as well as a variety of “informational texts.” They are designed to build interdisciplinary knowledge and exercise analytic skills across the curriculum in English Language Arts as well as in Social Studies/History.
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Reading Without Walls Podcast

Gene Yang and Graphic Novelist Mike Lawrence

Gene meets up with Mike Lawrence, creator of the new graphic novel, Star Scouts, where the heroine Avani earns badges in jetpack racing, teleportation, and lasers! Mike talks about his early years as a reader, how he became a writer, and what he's reading now with his kids.
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Featured Glossary Term


The part of a word that is "fixed to" either the beginning of the word (prefix) or the ending of the word (suffix). For example, the word disrespectful has two affixes, a prefix (dis-) and a suffix (-ful)
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Research & News

Why Short Stories May Not Help Struggling Readers
Education Week

'Academy' Model Boosts High School Grad Rate for At-Risk Students, Study Says
Education Week

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking
KQED Mindshift

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