Literacy

Should We Be Teaching Students to Spot Fake News? After Watching This, I Suspect You Will Say YES.

My jaw dropped several times watching this. We hear the term “fake news” so often it can mask the subversive…

Listen: The Digital Age Really Isn’t Destroying Reading the Way You Think

Ever hear that reading is in sharp decline as social media and digital devices sweep away traditional forms of reading?…

My Top 10 Questions for Elevating Students’ Writing (and My Own)

It can be a real challenge for teachers and administrators to weave together all the different standards and priorities. At…

An Underground Literacy Movement, Literally

Kudos to the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York for promoting reading. I appreciated their line: “Celebrate the transformative power…

Is Skimming Replacing Reading? Why, Yes.

We are reading less deeply for briefer amounts of time and with less investment than we used to. At least…

Why Do We Say “O.K.”? I’m Glad You Asked

Language is socially constructed. The phrase O.K. originated in Boston in the 19th century as a way to say “all…

9 Pictures of Readers from Around the World

Thank you, BBC, for curating these snaps featuring reading–in many forms–from across the globe. And if teaching reading and writing…

Readers Confess Why They DIDN’T Read the Books Teachers Assigned in School

Ever skip a reading you were supposed to do for school, and it didn’t really matter? You’re not alone. In…

Let Joey Tribbiani Teach You a Little Something about Language and Learning

My family was away recently, which meant: Friends binge-watching! I’m neither proud nor ashamed, just uncharacteristically content. As I’ve shared…

The Etymology of “Lit” is Lit

Lovers of quirky wordy things prepare to spend the next three minutes reading Merriam-Webster’s brief summary of the etymology of…

Face It: Emojis Could Be the Key To Learning

Human beings have gone from cave drawings to spoken language to written language to printed language to… emojis. Have we…

Is Captain America a Woman? No. This Data Viz of 34,000 Comic Book Characters Shows Us Why That’s a Problem

Graphic novels and comic books are becoming increasingly popular in schools. New York City public schools even officially recommended Black Panther for…

Harry Potter Teaches Us How Meaning is Socially Constructed

It’s a great clip to use for exploring how meaning is socially constructed. From Harry Potter and the Chamber of…

Is Texting the Future or Downfall of Writing in Schools?

Leave it to a linguist like Columbia University’s John McWhorter to challenge popular fears that texting marks the end of language…

What Do We Know about Literacy in the Content-Areas? Eavesdrop on These Experts to Find Out.

Literacy belongs to all teachers, regardless of the grade and subject you teach. Still, it can be challenging to understand…

Explore the Words that Are Unique to Individual Hip-Hop Artists

As an English teacher, I always enjoyed compendia–those books that listed the number of times words appeared in other books.…
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