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reading with meaning

Excellent video on MOOD and TONE--students must be able to infer meaning simply from "reading" the visuals.

Here's a formula for conducting a close reading session: 1) Read a short passage - using a pencil to mark words, phrases and sentences. 2) Share notations with others. 3) Reread with a purpose. 4) Respond to a discussion-worthy, text-dependent question. Click to read more and to download free cheat sheets, too! Find more tips at or have lessons delivered to your inbox at

Why read for 20 minutes at home? #RSA

Evidence Reading Frames

Newsela | About

Learning Never Stops: Newsela - A Powerful Common Core Literacy Tool - current event articles with varying levels of text complexity Gr. 2-12

CLOSE READING: What Close Reading Actually Means by Grant Wiggins

4th grade resources: poetry

Understanding Close Reading - Teacher Infographic #weareteachers

Anchor chart for poetry

FREE ELA Worksheets and Activities~ This middle and high school resource has a wide variety of PowerPoints and worksheets. Check out resources for fact/opinion, inference, and lots of other reading/writing skills from E Reading Worksheets!

Here There Everywhere - News for Kids. Good informational text articles

Great activity to get students to dig into the text to "show me the evidence."

I love the idea of Genius Hour in the classroom and letting students learn more about a topic they are passionate about.

Project idea for novel study

Great comprehension strategies for students who read fluently but don't have good comprehension

GREAT anchor chart!! Places worth stopping and thinking...talking...jotting

"How to Improve Reading Comprehension" by Chris Pirillo This is perfect for upper elementary kids...this guy is right on!

5 Types of Context Clues - Activities, Giveaway, and Freebie!

Close Reading Anchor Chart

(Nonfiction) "Text Features" chart by ELA in the Middle.

Teaching With a Mountain View: Tell Me a Story Tuesday

Ideas for Teaching Theme (and a couple freebies!)