Category: Reading

How To Make Reading Fun

Making reading fun is an important part of lesson planning. By its very nature, reading is a part of every literature classroom, but not all students inherently love to read.  Making reading fun, though, is one of the best ways to encourage reading engagement in your students.  Today, let’s talk

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Reading engagement is vital to the success of students. Learn about four different creative reading lessons.

Creative Reading Lessons

It can be a challenge to find rigorous yet creative reading lessons. Reading engagement is vital to the success of students.  While some students find ways to develop this engagement independently, the vast majority of students have improved outcomes when you help them develop it. Today let’s talk about four

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Alternative Reading Formats

Alternative reading formats are often overlooked in English classes. There have always been a lot of forms of literature and reading material to choose from when picking what to include in our curriculum — poetry, short stories, novels, biography, nonfiction, etc.  Today those choices are even wider.   Most teachers have

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4 Reasons to Teach Short Stories

Teachers might feel like they need reasons to teach short stories in lieu of or in addition to novels. Short stories often hold an interesting place in language arts classes.  While some teachers do focus on them as a specific unit, many of us use them as fillers or a

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How To Prepare To Teach A New Novel

It can be a daunting task to think about preparing to teach a new novel. Whether it is because you have a new job, the curriculum at your school changes, or because you just need a change of pace and pick a fresh novel to use in your classes, preparing

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The Importance of Reading Engagement

Reading engagement can be defined as being fully immersed (intellectually and emotionally) in a text.  It is one of those terms that is often discussed in educational circles, but whose importance is often treated as a given, and which can easily take a back burner to the many other demands

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4 Reasons To Teach Poetry

For many people, the mere mention of poetry invokes images of old poets writing love poems about unrequited love. For those that know better, poetry is everything from hilarious commentary on daily life to pointed insight into the human condition. Why should we teach this art form? Let’s talk about

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