Content Area Literacy
Reading and writing happen inside and outside of the language arts classroom. Science, math, and history teachers also work to integrate important reading and writing skills with their content. Discover resources that can help teachers, parents, and students navigate literacy skills within all content areas.
Previewing chapters before reading is a powerful way to get readers prepared for the material. Textbook previewing strategies focus not only on the structure of the text — such as the table of contents, index, chapter introductions, and so forth — but on a content overview, which focuses on the concepts and questions covered in the chapter and their interrelationships.
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Thematic pairings of novels or short stories with movies can help students access difficult texts and can lead to deeper comprehension and lively classroom discussion. This article suggests pairings for some commonly assigned middle and high school texts. Discussion themes include racism, coming of age, strong women, and utopia and dystopia.
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Visual representations are a powerful way for students to access abstract mathematical ideas. Find out how to support struggling learners using the right technology tools. And see how one 6th grade teacher guides her students in learning how to decompose polygons into triangles, rectangles, and trapezoids.
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Writing can be a difficult task for students with learning disabilities. Discover more about specific areas of difficulty, the qualities of strong writing instruction, how to put the pieces together to create a top-notch writing program, and ways to encourage content-relevant writing within social studies, science, or mathematics classrooms.
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Helping Students Who Struggle to Write: Classroom Compensations
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Introducing Understood.org, a new online destination for parents of kids ages 3-20 with learning and attention issues. Access to the entire site is available free of cost. Parents get secure access to personalized support, the wisdom of other parents, and expert information about the "what is" and the "how to" of their kids' academic, social and emotional needs.
Developed by parents, experts, and people with their own learning and attention issues, this resource helps parents understand what they can do to support their children at home and in school. All resources offered in English and Spanish. Understood offers:
- Personalized recommendations for content, tools and technology matched to the child's needs
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October Is National Bullying Prevention Month
"A school where children don't feel safe is a school where children struggle to learn. It is a school where kids drop out, tune out, and get depressed. Not just violence but bullying, verbal harassment, substance abuse, cyber-bullying, and disruptive classrooms all interfere with a student's ability to learn."
— U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Learn more about bullying. All children are at risk for being bullied or harassed, but studies show that children with LD, ADHD, and emotional/behavioral disorders are more likely than their peers to be bullied or become bullies themselves.
- Bullying Among Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Needs
- Online Safety for Children with LD
Take action! Schools and communities unite to raise awareness for bullying prevention. Find out more:
- Factors in Dropping Out: Bullying (American Graduate)
- 5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action (Edutopia)
- Teens Against Bullying (PACER)
From Our Experts
Dale Brown, learning disabilities advocate
Get these practical tips for making your classroom more inviting for all students who have difficulties with language — students with learning disabilities as well as English Language Learners. By incorporating these strategies into your teaching, you'll help more students become engaged, active participants.
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Dr. Larry Silver, child and adolescent psychiatrist
Answer: May I thank you for being so sensitive to the needs of your students. My first proposal might not fit your administrative style. I would transfer the child to a teacher who does understand the child's disabilities. I would then request that the teacher he now has receive help in learning how to teach a child with special needs in a general education setting.
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Learning Disabilities Awareness Month (October) is a time where people pay special attention to children and adults with learning disabilities. During this month, LD OnLine asks each of you to teach one person one new thing about learning disabilities. Find e-cards for teachers who have gone above and beyond to help a child with LD, book lists, inspirational stories, and lots more resources.
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November 12-15, 2014
San Diego, CA
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