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Literacy

Find and share strategies for helping students read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word.

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  • Early Literacy Strategies That Work

    A first-grade teacher describes how she changed her approach to teaching reading using research-based insights.
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  • How to Audit Classroom Library for Inclusion

    Is your classroom bookshelf all that it can be, for every kid in your class? Here’s how to bring it up to speed.
  • Discovering a Disturbing Bias in Kids’ Books

    Has the recent uptick in diverse characters in children’s literature translated into authentic representation? One team of researchers used artificial intelligence to investigate.
  • The Benefits of Bringing a Book Vending Machine to Your School

    A library media specialist shares logistical tips for using a book vending machine to build a strong reading community at your school.
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    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
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  • 4 Reading Strategies to Retire This Year (Plus 6 to Try Out!)

    A look at a few popular literacy practices that shouldn’t make the cut—along with fresh strategies that experienced teachers and literacy experts recommend instead.
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  • 13 Picture Books for Young Students About Learning How to Read

    Reading about reading can help put young learners on the path to becoming lifelong readers, and these books will inspire them.
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    What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

    The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.
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    Mo Willems on the Lost Art of Being Silly

    The author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! chats with us about creativity, drawing as empathy, and letting kids “do 51 percent of the work.”
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  • How to Give Positive Feedback on Student Writing

    If your corrective feedback is very detailed but your positive comments are quick and vague, you may appreciate this advice from teachers across the country.
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  • Practicing writing the letter R with a pencil on a worksheet

    How to Teach Handwriting—and Why It Matters

    Teaching young students how to write by hand before moving on to keyboarding can help improve their reading fluency as well.
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  • Grace Lin on Giving Young Readers a ‘Sense of Home’

    The award-winning children’s book author on stories that are like friends you can turn to—and the importance of featuring characters who “share a common thread of humanity.” 
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  • 5 Tips for Teaching Novels When Students Won’t Read

    Making lessons accessible to resistant readers can enhance the learning experience for everyone—including those who read the whole book.
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  • Teacher reading a book to a group of students

    Why Reading Aloud to Middle School Students Works

    The benefits of reading aloud aren’t limited to elementary students. One middle school teacher explains how “read-alongs” improve comprehension and boost engagement.
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    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
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