The following resources were mentioned or demonstrated in the InfOhio Webinar “Support Struggling Readers Grades 6-12” on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
Create customized “Pulp Magazine” style covers, like the one we used on the opening slide.
This material used to be available online, but sequestration cuts resulted in it being removed from ed.gov.
This guide presents strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to increase the reading ability of adolescent students. The recommendations aim to help students gain more from their reading tasks, improve their motivation for and engagement in the learning process, and assist struggling readers who may need intensive and individualized attention.
Covering everything from day-to-day learning activities to schoolwide goals, this engaging book reviews key topics in literacy instruction for grades 5-12 and provides research-based recommendations for practice. Leading scholars present culturally responsive strategies for motivating adolescents; using multiple texts and digital media; integrating literacy instruction with science, social studies, and math; and teaching English language learners and struggling readers. Vivid case studies, thoughtful discussion questions and activities in each chapter, and detailed ideas for program and lesson planning make this an indispensable classroom resource and professional development tool.
Single-page checklist of the Five Recommendations from the Practice Guide
Summarized from the National Institute for Direct Instruction.
Identifies and highlights common ACT/SAT vocabulary words on any website. Provides inline definitions.
Works within the Chrome web browser.
Allows the user to double-click on any word to get a context-sensitive inline definition (if available) as well as a natural voice pronunciation of the word.
Play an online vocabulary game. Every right answer results in a donation of five grains of rice to the World Food Programme.
Add-in for Microsoft Word. Provides text-to-speech functionality, including creating audio version (mp3 or wav) of Word documents.
A popular mind-mapping application. Works through the browser. Mobile app also available.
Get the Flesch-Kincaid Grade level and other Readability ratings for any text you paste into the site.
From the Interactivity Foundation.
Provides background and resources to help teachers support high quality peer-to-peer discussions. PDF, 141 pages.
(Workshop sample: http://padlet.com/michaeldroush/read)
“An Online Bulletin Board”
Allows users to post questions, comments, thoughts. Can be moderated.
Shelfari lets you build a virtual bookshelf to display the books you’ve read, are reading or want to read. You can read, write and edit plot summaries, popular quotes, character descriptions and more than a dozen other types of fun book factoids.
Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.
Voki is a free service that lets you create customized speaking characters.
A specialized font that may assist some readers with dyslexia and related issues. Options include downloading the font, or extensions for browsers to change online fonts.
This brief video from John Medina (author of “Brain Rules” and “Brain Rules for Baby”) explains the concept of “Schema” and how prior knowledge impacts how well we absorb new information.