Teaching Aesop's Fables is the perfect way to introduce your students to theme. That's because these stories are high interest while also being accessible. The characters in the stories face … [Read more...] about Teaching Theme with Aesop’s Fables
Why should I be teaching paired passages? Let's face it--paired passages are becoming the norm on standardized tests, so students need a chance to practice reading and responding to them. The SAT … [Read more...] about Teaching Paired Passages? Read This First!
No matter what you teach, at some point you will be a reading teacher. When students struggle in social studies or science, it is often because they are struggling with reading comprehension. This … [Read more...] about Five Reading Strategies for Any Content Area (with a Free Graphic Organizer)
My middle school students struggle daily with the task of identifying unknown words. Students who don't spend a lot of free time reading are especially at risk for lacking vocabulary knowledge. There … [Read more...] about Help! My Students Can’t Define Words Using Context Clues!
“Reading is the skill.” –Doug Lemov, Teach Like a Champion. As kids get older, teachers tend to do fewer and fewer read-alouds. This robs students of a valuable experience and makes them feel that … [Read more...] about Why We Need to Read Aloud to Big Kids