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It's Poetry Month! What will you do?
Poetry gives students a chance to play with language and vocabulary in a genre with fewer words than traditional writing. This article recommends some poetry forms just for beginners, including writing group poems, acrostics, and several other poetry forms. We're sure at least one will be a perfect start to your month of poems!
Start with humorous poems that rhyme! That's the first piece of advice in this easy-to-read guide on using more poetry in your classroom. Other advice includes tips for choosing poems, how to manage poetry readings, and how to avoid breaking copyright laws when you copy poems for kids to read.
Language-based learning disability (LBLD) refers to a spectrum of difficulties related to the understanding and use of spoken and written language, and is a common cause of students' academic struggles. Learn about the signs of LBLD, some considerations for discerning an LBLD, and questions to ask about students' background and current performance in a new article written for LD OnLine.
ADULT DYSLEXIA STUDY
If you are a native English speaker 18-35 years of age, have a documented history of dyslexia, and are in good physical health, the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University invites YOU to participate in a study! The process involves non-invasive functional magnetic resonance imaging and cognitive testing. If interested, e-mail email@example.com or call (202) 687-8265 for information.
Compensation is $35/hr. for fMRI scanning sessions (2 sessions, 2 hrs. each) and $15/hr. for the cognitive testing session (2.5 hrs.).
Bookshare recently introduced two new online tools to help kids with print disabilities connect with books. Web Reader allows kids to directly open books with a browser without requiring them to download the book or use separate software. It also lets reader adjust font size, colors and display format, and takes advantage of Google Chrome's features that allow users to read books multi-modally, with word-by-word highlighting and text-to-speech capability. Bookshelf allows readers (or their teachers) to organize selections by any system they choose. Teachers can download the year's reading list for multiple students at once.
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Looking for ways to celebrate National Poetry Month while addressing reading and writing skills or Common Core Standards? Poems can be a great way to assess student learning. The Library of Congress Found Poetry Primary Source Set supports students in honing their reading and historical comprehension skills by creating poetry based on informational text and images — with topics as diverse as Helen Keller, Walt Whitman, women's suffrage, and the Harlem Renaissance.
For many children both with and without learning disabilities (LD), self-esteem is a powerful predictor of success. Social or emotional problems are not the cause, but actually the consequence of academic frustration and failure. Follow the link for several suggested articles and books with helpful advice on improving children's self-esteem.
The inherent difficulty of reading and comprehending a text combined with consideration of reader and task variables; in the Standards, a three-part assessment of text difficulty that pairs qualitative and quantitative measures with reader-task considerations (CCSS, pp. 31, 57; Reading, pp. 416).
* Defined by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Here's a free webcast hosted by famed author David Baldacci. With David Baldacci as their guide, students and educators are taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the most fascinating artifacts in the Smithsonian's national collections, including the Lewis and Clark compass (an object featured in Baldacci's book, 39 Clues), Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch, and the Star-Spangled Banner. Viewers will also "meet" renowned museum curators and explore some of the most mysterious moments and intriguing questions in American history. For example, who left a secret message in Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch? Which is the real Lewis and Clark compass? Why is there a "V" on the original Star-Spangled Banner? The contents of the webcast will help teachers address the "Speaking & Listening" Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts.
The activities in this book are ideal for supplementing differentiated lessons on character analysis, vocabulary development, summaries, narratives, metaphors, poetry, alliteration, homophones, interviews, and much more. These ready-to-use tasks can be incorporated into lesson plans immediately, and each activity features objectives, materials lists, and helpful step-by-step tips.
Looking for information about what's happening this month? Check out our April 2013 calendar. It's loaded with dates for symposia, conferences, lectures, expos and more!
The Center for Development and Learning invites you to attend the 2013 Plain Talk About Reading Institute, from April 22-24th in New Orleans. You'll learn about current findings on reading instruction, reading difficulties, and reading intervention from the nation's leading researchers! All sessions are designed to present not only the latest research on reading but also effective strategies that can be implemented in classrooms right away. The Institute features a "who's who" of reading experts, from researchers to practioners, including Tim Shanahan, Louisa Moats, Maryanne Wolf, Guinevere Eden, Sharon Ramey, Anita Archer, Susan Ebbers, Lucy Calkins, Elsa Cardenas-Hagan and many more!
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A small study examined whether playing 12 hours of action video games improved the reading abilities of children with dyslexia. Results suggest that playing the games improved children's reading speed and attention skills. The authors of the study believe that this improvement in attention could translate to better general reading abilities.
A study in the January 2013 Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics reports a relationship between early speech-language impairment and later written language disorders. The evidence is drawn from records at school age and again at age 19. The results highlight again the importance of early identification and intervention for children at risk.