All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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What's My School's Climate?

What's My School's Climate?

Decades of research support the role of a positive school climate on teaching and learning: "Positive school climate promotes student learning, academic achievement … and increased teacher retention."
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Teacher-Student Interactions: The Key to Quality Classrooms

Teacher-Student Interactions: The Key to Quality Classrooms

Discover CLASS, an assessment tool that describes ten dimensions of teaching that are linked to student achievement and social development.
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Creating a Welcoming, Literacy-Rich Classroom

Creating a Welcoming, Literacy-Rich Classroom

Within this collection of resources, you'll find advice on arranging the furniture in a classroom, designing a classroom library, and ways to reach out to parents of English language learners.
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Unlocking the Past: Reading, Writing, and History with Author L.M. Elliott

Unlocking the Past

Historical fiction can offer a dramatic study of history at an emotional level. But digging and uncovering the historic facts that go into historical fiction are equally engaging and exciting.
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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

Featured Strategy: Power Notes

The Power Notes strategy teaches students an efficient way to organize information from assigned text. This technique provides students with a systematic way to look for relationships within the text. Power Notes help visually display the differences between main ideas and supportive information in outline form. Main ideas or categories are assigned a power 1 rating. Details and examples are assigned power 2s, 3s, or 4s.
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Featured Resource

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. In this video module, 6th grade Language Arts teacher Jennifer Ramsey starts by using a simple photograph and asking her students identify all the information they can infer from the photo. Next step: the students work together to determine what they can infer from written passages.
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Featured Glossary Term

Connected Instruction

A systematic teaching method in which the teacher continually explains to students the relationship between what they have learned, what they're in the process of learning, and what they will learn in the future.
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Research & News

Yes, Skipping School Correlates With Low Test Scores — Now What?

In a new report from Attendance Works, researchers say they found a link between higher rates of student absenteeism and lower scores in reading and mathematics on a nationwide exam. It's a finding that isn't likely to surprise many people, least of all educators in America's public schools.
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