Archive for the ‘Literacy’ Category

  • A Reading Affair to Remember

    on Sep 19, 14 • in Literacy, Opinion • with Comments

    Young Student Reading A Book

    My love affair with reading began underneath the dining room table.   It was something I passionately desired to do, and my first glimmer of this new realm was in Kindergarten. There was some kind of power behind the flashcards Ms. Crowning was holding up and I had to have it. I attended Kindergarten in 1985 and now in 2014 the expectations and standards have certainly changed. From Kindergarten I went on to first grade in Mrs. Gallay’s class, and this brings me to my position underneath the table. This was the year that I truly

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  • The Basics of Writing

    on Sep 18, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    creativewriting

    It’s no secret that writers are readers. Anne Lamott, American novelist and non-fiction writer, said “What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” Growing up, books were my saving grace. I devoured them. When I was lonely (more often than not)

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  • Rainbow it Up! The Color-Coded Essay

    on Sep 1, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    letter-writing-pic

    As a secondary English teacher, I teach many pieces of academic enrichments within my curriculum, but my main passion tends to fall at the feet of writing.  When I began teaching middle school English a handful of years ago, writing was barely a blip on the radar as we had so much pressure to pass a certain percentage of students in state assessments, of which writing wasn’t a focus that came up very often.  Nonetheless, I felt strongly that good writers made for accomplished citizens and I sought to teach it and teach it well. This is

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  • The Importance of Reading Out Loud

    on Aug 19, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Parents • with Comments

    Young Student Ready To Study

    Read out loud. It’s my mantra. I don’t care how old my elementary students are, I feel they all can benefit from reading out loud to their grown ups. And in this hurried world we live in, the grown ups benefit too. Younger readers need to read out loud to practice reading strategies, to work on pronunciation and increase comprehension. If younger students read on their own and stumble across words, they are losing valuable comprehension skills. Younger readers need to be reading under the watchful eye of a grown up in order for the

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  • Informational Texts: Legos “Lost at Sea”

    on Aug 14, 14 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    Image by Tracey Williams/Lego Lost At Sea, via NPR

    Those tiny, multi-colored plastic building bits called Legos have a dedicated, even obsessive, fan base. Such fanaticism is the  reason why I thought the following story I recently heard on National Public Radio (NPR) would make for a great informational text that blends visual, print, and audio with social media for a wide range of readers. The story was titled,  Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook and the audio was broadcast on 7/26/2014. The text for audio link reads: Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck the Tokio Express, a container ship that had nearly 5 million Legos onboard. The

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