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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Teaching Similes, Synonyms, Homophones, and Metaphors

Here is a article with texts - picture books - for teaching similes, synonyms, homophones, and metaphors.  This is applicable to all ages and helps students visualize.  This is shared through the courtesy of Choice Literacy.
  
Can teaching similes, synonyms, homophones and metaphors be fun?  It sure can if you know the right children's books to use as mentor texts.  Franki Sibberson shares her favorites for language study and word work in a new booklist:
 
 
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Re-organizing for Success

Here is a model for helping all students achieve to their fullest potential, courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

High-poverty Texas school finds formula for success
More than 90% of students at the high-poverty John Haley Elementary School in Irving, Texas, achieved proficiency on state tests and earned their school an "exemplary" rating. School principal Robyn Bowling -- who has been at the school for 15 years -- credits parent-education programs, after-school activities and hard work by teachers as factors responsible for the success of the students, the majority of whom are economically disadvantaged and English-language learners. The Dallas Morning News Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Literacy Resources for Teachers!

Here are some resources for school start up, courtesy of IRA.
Sign up for FREE Webinars on Comprehension: IRA is bringing great professional development  to your desktop this fall with free, interactive webinars on comprehension. The first program, The Foundational Roles of Vocabulary and Comprehension in Early Literacy, will be hosted September 30 from 8:00–9:00 p.m. Eastern time by Lesley Morrow (right) and Billie Enz, nationally known experts on early learning. Morrow is the editor of IRA’s Preschool Literacy Collection; she and Enz coauthored the book Assessing Preschool Literacy Development: Informal and Formal Measures to Guide Instruction. Click here to learn more about the webinar and to register. Registration is limited to 100 people, so sign up today. Coming up later this fall: Doug Fisher and Diane Lapp on comprehension and teacher modeling, and Lori Oczkus on reciprocal teaching. Details to come.


Thinkfinity Releases Back to School Mini-site: Verizon Thinkfinity's new Back to School mini-site is packed with resources to help educators set the tone for a successful school year: tools to support innovative uses of technology by students, cross-curricular lessons and activities, resources to help build community in the classroom, professional development opportunities and materials, and information  on staying connected through the Thinkfinity Community. Check out all these and other free resources on the Verizon Thinkfinity website. IRA is one of the content partners for Verizon Thinkfinity, partnering with the National Council of Teachers of English on the popular ReadWriteThink.org website, which offers language arts lesson plans and other resources for K-12 educators.