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Word Study

Prefix Worksheets can Improve Understanding of Root Words and Meaning

Prefix Worksheets have an important role in word study. Prefixes as we know are composed of two or more letters at the beginning of words. Prefixes can be a helpful tool in figuring out a word's meaning. Prefix Worksheets can help increase students' vocabulary. What are some activities to engage students in understanding and using… Continue reading Prefix Worksheets can Improve Understanding of Root Words and Meaning

character-analysis
Fiction

How can character analysis help students understand the story?

Character analysis worksheets help students take notes on how the characters feel and act. As you begin to read fictional text, you learn about characters in the story. Each character's personality comes to life through his or her actions and behavior. Character Traits When analyzing characters, traits will be good to identify. Character traits describe… Continue reading How can character analysis help students understand the story?

academic-conversation-starters
Student Centered

7 Strategies for Using Academic Conversation Starters to Engage Students

For many years, I asked comprehension questions from the text and called on students to answer.  The problem with that model is that I wasn't allowing students to share their thinking first.  Now, I have students discuss the text before I ask any questions. How do you get students to have meaningful discussions? You set… Continue reading 7 Strategies for Using Academic Conversation Starters to Engage Students

text-structures
Nonfiction

How are Text Structures Organized in Nonfiction?

Writers organize nonfiction text into five text structures. They are description, sequence, compare and contrast, cause and effect, problem and solution. Most text that students read above grade 4 is nonfiction. Text structure graphic organizers are a great way for students to organize their notes. Description Description is one example of a text structure. The text… Continue reading How are Text Structures Organized in Nonfiction?