Achieve Close Reading in Technical Text

Achieve Close Reading in Technical Text

Students need to understand that readers dive into different texts for different purposes. Sometimes we read for entertainment. Sometimes we read to learn. But technical texts are read with another goal in mind–to execute something, to perform something, to...
Use Visuals to Support Content-Area Vocabulary

Use Visuals to Support Content-Area Vocabulary

Vocabulary instruction has come a long way. It used to be that learning vocabulary meant temporarily memorizing definitions from the glossary, completing a couple sentence-writing activities, and then taking a test. But unless you were someone with a photographic...
Create 3-D Study Guides

Create 3-D Study Guides

No matter what age you are teaching, everyone can find a use for a hands-on graphic organizer. After students have been introduced to a concept, the teacher would facilitate the students’ construction and application of this three-dimensional organizer. Students...
Take Notes Visually

Take Notes Visually

When teaching content area topics, students are often expected to take notes. During this note-taking time, it is huge for students to have more than just the names, dates, facts, and details written down. More than just memorizing the information, we want students to...
Write Letters from the Perspective of Concepts

Write Letters from the Perspective of Concepts

After studying a concept or event for several days/weeks, a fun way to assess students’ understanding is to have them write letters from a different perspective. West Vigo Middle School teacher Melanie Beaver had great success with this in her ELA classroom. She...