The Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction (READI) Project, a multi-institutional initiative headed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, supports disciplinary argumentation from multiple sources in middle school and high school science and history/social studies classes. The website provides links to integrativecurriculum modules developed as part of the project. For example, “Life Sciences: The Spread of MRSA” (versioned for grades 6 and 9) supports science students’ close reading, modeling, explanation, and argumentation practices while building their knowledge of evolution, microbes, and antibiotic resistance. Similarly, the module “Earth Science: How Are Humans Impacting Water?” (for grade 8) supports students’ close reading, modeling, explanation, and argumentation practices in science while building knowledge of water resources and pollution. And “Reading Science Modules” (for grades 6 and 9) supports students’ close reading of science visuals and models while building knowledge about the conventions of scientific models and the criteria for evaluating them. Each module includes a freely downloadable interactive notebook with integrated texts, tasks, scaffolds, and routines, along with an annotated teacher guide.
Gamification, hashtag, tweep … When were these words first used in print? To find out, students simply enter a date in the search field on Mirriam-Webster’s Time Traveler webpage where they will see the words first recorded on that year.
In Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids, bestselling author Donalyn Miller and fifth-grade teacher Colby Sharp, both literacy advocates with a deep passion for books, showcase the power of children’s access to books, providing teachers and administrators with the tools and information they need to increase children’s meaningful engagement with books and to launch or sustain book access initiatives in their communities.
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