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Assessing reading comprehension with English language learners
In Reading comprehension and English language learners, page 3
Strategies such as flow charts can help you assess reading comprehension for English language learners, content-area learners, and all students.
Format: article
By Ellen Douglas.
Choosing books that are just right
This teacher research study examines how students select books for independent reading and how teachers can help them make choices more appropriate to their reading levels.
Format: article
By Melinda Parks.
Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History
Best practices, process guides, worksheets, and other resources for teaching with LEARN NC's digital textbook of North Carolina history.
Format: (multiple pages)
Making reading passages comprehensible for English language learners
English language learners can read the same content-area material as their peers, but they may need special help. Teachers can make difficult reading comprehensible by building vocabulary, decoding difficult syntax, and teaching background knowledge.
Format: article
By Ellen Douglas.
Ongoing assessment for reading
Ongoing, informal assessment is crucial to teaching reading. Using audio and visual examples, this edition explains the use of running records and miscue analysis, tools that help a teacher to identify patterns in student reading behaviors and the strategies a reader uses to make sense of text.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Perfecting the circle
See how one teacher reshaped literature circles to fit her middle school classroom.
By Beth Salyers.
Preparing English language learners for reading comprehension
In Reading comprehension and English language learners, page 1
Use KWL charts, circle maps and brainstorming webs, and concept maps to prepare English language learners, content-area learners, and all students for reading comprehension.
Format: article
By Ellen Douglas.
Reading biographies and autobiographies
In Rethinking Reports, page 3.3
How good is that biography your students are reading? Here's how to make sure they get the most out of their reading and research.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Reading comprehension and English language learners
Teaching reading comprehension and helping English language learners are the responsibility of every teacher, but they are also within the abilities of every teacher. These articles provide strategies for building content-area reading comprehension before, during, and after reading that can help English language learners — and all learners.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Reading comprehension strategies for English language learners
In Reading comprehension and English language learners, page 2
Strategies like think-pair-share, think-alouds, and GIST can help English language learners, content-area learners, and all students make sense of text while they read.
Format: article
By Ellen Douglas.
Reading comprehension: From research to practice in middle-grades English language arts
This article shares the details of a successful collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education faculty member Leigh Hall and eighth-grade teacher Deanna Watts on a research project that greatly improved students' reading comprehension.
Format: article/best practice
By Dan Lewandowski.
Reading for relevance in literature
A unit-length instructional plan for using graphic organizers to promote active reading of novels, using The Count of Monte Cristo as an example.
By Suzanne Micallef.
Reading is for the boys (and girls)!
This WebQuest for teachers looks at the difficult issue of how to get — and keep — boys interested in reading. It guides you through the research, then looks at text selection and pedagogy and helps you find specific strategies for narrowing the adolescent "literacy gap."
Format: article
By Kimberly Bowen.
Reading picture books
Two strategies for helping children understand a story through illustrations.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Real-world approaches to reading
Techniques for providing children with the literacy-rich environment that is crucial to both reading and writing success.
By Alta Allen.
Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
A room for students
A learning environment where students feel that they belong is the key to success for this eighth-grade language arts teacher. A classroom profile.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Strategies for online reading comprehension
This article examines the differences between reading in print and reading online, and proposes some tools and strategies to help aid students' reading comprehension and information literacy in online environments.
Format: article/best practice
By Kevin Hodgson.
A window on the world: Using Skype in the classroom
This article explains the basic technical requirements for getting started with Skype, a web-based videoconferencing tool. Several suggestions for how to use Skype in an educational setting are included.
Format: article/best practice
By Cindy Phthisic.

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Creativity Portal for Teachers
Creativity articles, activities and tools for educators. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Chris Dunmire