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Stepping into History with Tonya Bolden

Stepping into History with Tonya Bolden

A passionate researcher, award-winning author Tonya Bolden transforms facts into compelling stories that inspire and challenge readers to learn more about history.
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Inference and Informational Text

Inference and Informational Text

In this Inside the Common Core Classroom video, 6th grade teacher Jennifer Ramsey uses a simple photograph to help her students recognize all the information they can infer from the photo.

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Booklist: Spies Like Us

Booklist: Spies Like Us

Most kids go through a "spy" stage, and some never grow out of it! Whether it's the gadgets, the secret identities, or the gathering of clues — spies are cool!

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A Conversation with Patrick Ness

A Conversation with Patrick Ness

In his latest Reading Without Walls video blog, Gene sits down with writer Patrick Ness — author of the award-winning middle grade book, A Monster Calls, science fiction trilogy Chaos Walking, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
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Booklist: Biographies

Booklist: Biographies

Biographies are on lots of school booklists, but they can also be popular leisure reading choices for teens. They often feature real-life characters who have overcome adversity—a theme teens are drawn to again and again.
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Featured Strategy

Featured reading comprehension strategy

Jigsaw

Jigsaw is a strategy that emphasizes cooperative learning by providing students an opportunity to actively help each other build comprehension. Use this technique to assign students to reading groups composed of varying skill levels. Each group member is responsible for becoming an "expert" on one section of the assigned material and then "teaching" it to the other members of the team. Graphic organizers included.
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Featured Resources

January Is National Mentoring Month!

Studies continue to show that a caring, involved adult keeps youth on a path of success. Across the country, public media stations — through their work on American Graduate — are telling stories about the importance of mentorship in their community.

Learn more about the value of mentoring with these resources:

Featured Glossary Term

Free-writes

A writing exercise used for brainstorming and to develop writing fluency. Students write non-stop for five to ten minutes, expressing their ideas go without concern for revision, editing, or controlling the words.
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School Matters:
A blog by Karin Chenoweth

Tackling Achievement Gaps From Summer Learning Loss

Attending a summer program regularly for as little as five weeks for two years in a row could result in about a quarter of a year’s gain in both reading and math for students from low-income families.
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Research & News

9th and 10th Grades Offer Key Chance to Re-Engage Disengaged Students

Dropping out of high school is typically a gradual process that moves from disengagement to disconnection. But the first two years of high school offer a powerful opportunity to change that trajectory, according to a new report.
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How to Deal With Digital Distractions

Some students can tweet and take a test, some can’t. Know thyself.
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