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Activities to Build College-Level Reading Skills



Research shows that to be on target for college and career readiness in reading by the end of eight grade, students should be able to demonstrate skill in five key skill areas. This article is full of classroom activities you can try in your middle school classroom to help kids improve reading skills up to or beyond benchmark levels.


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College Planning for Students with Learning Disabilities

Educators play a critical role in helping kids with LD be ready for the academic and social challenges of college. A student's IEP should include post-secondary goals and provide support for achieving these goals. Learn more about how you can help your students find the best college match in an environment where every individual can thrive.
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SAT Success: Tips for Struggling Readers

Students with LD often face difficulties while reading, including losing their place, losing their focus, or not getting the point of the passage. These difficulties can be exacerbated when taking high-stakes tests like the SAT. Find out more about the common difficulties, and also some solutions that may help.
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"Aiming for Access" with June Behrmann

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More Highlights

Connecting Word Meanings Through Semantic Mapping

Semantic maps help students, especially struggling students and those with disabilities, to identify, understand, and recall the meaning of words they read in the text. Learn how to provide direct instruction in how to use semantic maps; the step-by-step directions can be especially beneficial for struggling students.
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Professional Development Webcast: The Role of RTI in LD Identification

The formal incorporation of Response to Intervention (RTI) models in IDEA signaled a major change in the approaches that schools may use to identify students as eligible for special education. In this roundtable discussion, national experts Don Deshler, Jack Fletcher, and Rick Wagner provide information and answer questions about using RTI to help students with LD.
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Sunset in Maine, by Rebecca, age 11

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Today's First Person Essay

Robert Rauschenberg by Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg's works now hang in major art galleries and museums all over the world. When he was in school his success would not have been predicted. Rauschenberg has dyslexia...

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