Using Digital Apps to Support Students’ Literacy Learning

Forty-two percent of respondents in the What’s Hot In Literacy 2020 Report voted “determining effective instructional strategies for struggling readers” as the second most critical topic for improving literacy outcomes within the next decade (International Literacy Association, 2020, p. 10). Helping students who are experiencing reading difficulties become more capable and confident is a relevantContinue reading “Using Digital Apps to Support Students’ Literacy Learning”

Choice Words

In Choice Words, Peter Johnston (2004) discusses how “[language] creates realities and invites identities” (p. 9). In other words, the language we use communicates to others how we see them as individuals and as members of a larger community. In the classroom, language plays an integral role in shaping students’ identity, developing their sense ofContinue reading “Choice Words”

Unspoken

Unspoken, illustrated by Henry Cole Cole, H. (2012). Unspoken: A story from the Underground Railroad. Scholastic Press. Category: Wordless book Summary: A young girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the family’s barn and must decide what to do. Theme: Doing what’s right takes courage. Generalizations: the Civil War, slavery, the Underground Railroad, freedom, empathy,Continue reading “Unspoken”

English Orthography

Orthography is a broad term that refers to the spelling, punctuation, spacing, and special features of a language. According to Freeman and Freeman (2014), “One reason that spelling gets so much attention in schools is that English spelling is complex” (p. 149). This is due to its roots in German, French, Latin, and Greek, asContinue reading “English Orthography”

Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys written by Jewell Parker Rhodes Rhodes, J.P. (2018). Ghost Boys. Little, Brown and Company.   Category: Middle-grade Contemporary Fiction Summary: Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot and killed by a white police officer while playing with a toy gun. As a ghost, he witnesses the emotional aftermath of his murder and realizes that “only theContinue reading “Ghost Boys”

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone, written by Tomi Adeyemi Adeyemi, T. (2018). Children of Blood and Bone. Henry Holt and Company. Category: Fantasy novel Summary: Seventeen-year-old Zelie Adebola fights for the rights and preservation of her people and the magic they possess. Theme: Stand up against those who seek to oppress. Generalizations: loyalty, family, authority,Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone”

Back to School Again

Today marks the first day of the new semester, so of course this song has been taking up space in my head. You’re welcome. Unlike in the movie, however, there is no unmasked, group-dancing in early-September sunshine to celebrate the occasion. It is February 2021, and we’re still learning from home in our Covid-quarantine bubblesContinue reading “Back to School Again”

Are You Your Favorite Author?

This tweet has been circulating social media; it originated on Twitter, but I saw it on Facebook. Since January 15th, it’s received 162.8K likes and has been shared 14.1K times. Obviously, it struck a chord with many people. Some of the responses include: “I would like to hire her as a life coach” “It’s aContinue reading “Are You Your Favorite Author?”

Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?

I was scrolling through social media recently when I came across the above meme and quote. As a mother, certified teacher, and fulltime literacy education student, I have mixed feelings about this message. On the one hand, I wholeheartedly believe in the transformative power of books. They allow us a glimpse into other people’s lives,Continue reading “Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?”

Vocabulary Instruction: Morphology

Freeman and Freeman discuss the importance of teaching content-related vocabulary and embedding vocabulary instruction in meaningful reading (D. Freeman & Y. Freeman, 2014). Vocabulary instruction is critical for improving students’ reading and comprehension of academic subjects, especially as the complexity and cognitive demands of academic material increases. Palumbo et al. (2015) write about importance ofContinue reading “Vocabulary Instruction: Morphology”