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"I don't like to read because I don't know how to read."

So says eighth-grader Kenny in Just Teach Me, Mrs. K, by Mary Krogness. How can we effectively engage students in the world of reading and writing when the basics can be so challenging? The Northwest Regional Laboratory shares 14 effective strategies.

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VIDEO: Modeling How to Identify Key Ideas and Supporting Details

In this clip, sixth grade teacher Jodi Hoard "thinks aloud" as she annotates the first section of text from the day's reading on Ancient Egypt. Ms. Hoard models taking notes on challenging vocabulary words and concepts. She also shows the students how to fill in a graphic organizer.

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