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  1. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Menu Magic!
    This article helps eighth graders review the power of adjectives. Students eat up this project that promises to deliver the opportunity to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate while giving students the chance to work in cooperative groups. All in all, it's an appetizing way to get kids focused on descriptive writing.
  2. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning
    Using texts that first meet the reading "levels" of middle school students, then offering increasingly challenging books, teachers can group students at all levels using multiple texts. Strategy logs and conferences are two of the successful tools teachers use to increase comprehension as well as critical reading skills.
  3. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    NCTE Position Statement on Reading
    In order to make sure that all individuals have access to the personal pleasures and intellectual benefits of full literacy, NCTE created the NCTE Position Statement on Reading in February of 1999.
  4. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies
    IRA's position on recognizing an expanded conception of literacy and supporting learners as they use and interact with information and communication technologies.
  5. Professional Development | Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Nonfiction Inquiry: Using Real Reading and Writing to Explore the World
    Nonfiction is the genre most likely to spur children's passion and wonder for learning. This article discusses way to motivate children to read nonfiction.
  6. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Journal
    Peek, Peak, Pique: Using Homophones to Teach Vocabulary (and Spelling!)
    Argues that regular homophone practice enhances vocabulary knowledge, spelling skills, pronunciation ability, and overall reading proficiency. Describes how card games played with decks of homophones helped to accomplish these things. Notes particular benefits of homophone games to ESL students, and outlines key advantages of using the games.
  7. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    Position Statement on Multimodal Literacies
    This position on Multimodal Literacies is a summary statement developed by the Multimodal Literacies Issue Management Team of the NCTE Executive Committee.
  8. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 9  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Power of Picture Books, The: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School
    Featuring descriptions and activities for fifty exceptional titles, Mary Jo Fresch and Peggy Harkins offer a wealth of ideas for harnessing the power of picture books to improve reading and writing in the content areas.
  9. Professional Development | Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement
    Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing
    With full recognition that writing is an increasingly multifaceted activity, we offer several principles that should guide effective teaching practice.
  10. Professional Development | Grades   5 – 10  |  Professional Library  |  Book
    Reading for Learning: Using Discipline-Based Texts to Build Content Knowledge
    Heather Lattimer provides practical, classroom-tested approaches to helping students access and critically respond to content-based texts.

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