This folder contains various resources focused on teaching reading comprehension and reading strategies. 

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Active Reading Strategies

by Gabriela Gonzalez

Children, regardless if they are in the stage of reading to learn or learning to read, need structured opportunities to engage with text in deep and meaningful ways. Whether your students are seven or seventeen years old, here are a handful of really great strategies to build those active reading skills.
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Close Reading Resources

by Gabriela Gonzalez

This folder contains resources for the close reading strategy
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Inquiry-Based Learning

by Gabriela Gonzalez

A list of websites, templates, and resources on how to understand and implement inquiry-based learning. 
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Common Core and Beyond 2: A Practicum on Literacy in the Content Areas, Mathematics, Instructional Strategies and AssessmentsVideo from Session 1: K-5 ELA: Common Core Instructional Strategies (workshop by Gabriela Gonzalez)
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Concept Maps

by Gabriela Gonzalez

Description:Why use a concept map?It helps children organize new information. It helps students to make meaningful connections between the main idea and other information. They're easy to construct and can be used within any content area.How to use a concept mapNote: It is important that teachers spend time introducing younger students to charts and diagrams prior to using this strategy.There are several ways to construct concept maps. Most include the following steps:Model how to identify the major ideas or concepts presented in a selection of text as you read.Organize the ideas into categories. Remind students that your organization may change as you continue to read and add more information.Use lines or arrows on the map to represent how ideas are connected to one another, a particular category, and/or the main concept. Limit the amount of information on the map to avoid frustration. After students have finished the map, encourage them to share and reflect on how they each made the connections between concepts. Encourage students to use the concept map to summarize what was read.Download blank templatesTemplate 1 (280K PDF)http://www.readingrockets.org/content/pdfs/conceptmap1.pdfTemplate 2 (52K PDF)http://www.readingrockets.org/content/pdfs/conceptmap2.pdfTemplate 3 (56K PDF)http://www.readingrockets.org/content/pdfs/conceptmap3.pdf
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The following strategies have been compiled to connect the Common Core State Standards to best practices. All efforts have been made to align with research outlined in Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.This document has placed special emphasis on student interaction with increasingly complex text. Emphasis has also been placed on developing the skill of close analytic reading and increasing competency in the comparison and synthesis of ideas. In addition, the templates that follow have been designed to help students grapple with more complex vocabulary in preparation for college and career. Common Core Standards for Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language are layered within strategy suggestions to model the use of standards as vehicles for enhancing and assessing reading comprehension.
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Templates for higher order thinking skills
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Learning Goal: Identify the author’s purpose as: to entertain, to inform, or to persuade. Identify text evidence that supports the author’s purpose. Duration Approximately 50 minutes
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Movie Strip for Sequencing

by Gabriela Gonzalez

Movie Strip for Sequence of Events Activity
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Story Planning Sheet

by Gabriela Gonzalez

Story Planning Sheet
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 Strategies for Activating Prior Knowledge
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A Before-Reading Strategy
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