Three Troubling Reading Statistics… And What We Can Do About Them

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1. The Home-School Relationship

“The substantial relationship between parent involvement for the school and reading comprehension levels of fourth-grade classrooms is obvious, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Where parent involvement is low, the classroom mean average (reading score) is 46 points below the national average. Where involvement is high, classrooms score 28 points above the national average – a gap of 74 points.” reference

Solution: Start a PT Camp (Parent-Teacher Camp).

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5 Non Fiction Articles to Pair with Classic High School Novels

5 Non Fiction Articles to Pair with High School Novels

Are you searching for new ways to inject some life into the teaching of your novels? Have the staples of your curriculum grown stale? I use the pocket app to save great pieces of non fiction that I come across. Typically, I go back each month and revisit some old classics that get pushed further down the line with each article that I add. Here are five favorites from the last few years and some suggestions about the novels with which they can be paired.

It is not an exclusive list. As you will read, many of these articles are so well written that they can apply to a number of great novels. I encourage you to share your ideas on how they would fit into your curriculum in the comments below.

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#8 The Teaching Channel’s Sarah Brown Wessling

Sarah Brown Wessling HS English Teacher, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, Host — Teaching Channel (Johnston, Iowa)   January Contest: Win a Copy of Carol Jago’s With Rigor for All by emailing me a lesson that worked (email)    Segment I – Background and Inspiration Tell your story. Where are you from and how long … Read more…

What Worked: Student-Led Assessment

Teacher: Carla Beard (retired) School: Connersville High School www.webenglishteacher.com The kids weren’t doing their homework, and I had resorted to the age-old stratagem of quick reading quizzes at the beginning of the period to remind them that they were accountable. However, I had run into a snag: students were failing the quizzes even though they … Read more…