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ReadWriteThink.org Rewind: July

rewindWith the arrival of August, let’s take a look at what resources folks used the most on ReadWriteThink.org in July.

Our student interactive tools and mobile apps have continued to be hot! But folks have also found and been using other types of content.

With the start of the Olympics, users have been visiting the calendar entry on the start of the games.

While students have been out of school on break, adults looked for ways to help the learning continue. One way was using the Tip and How To on helping a child write a story. With the focus on summer reading, folks learned how to help a child write about a book that was read.

Teachers have been busy learning and exploring this summer too! Our Strategy Guides have been very popular! Visitors to ReadWriteThink.org have dug deeper in to:

How did you use ReadWriteThink.org in July? What are your plans for August?

ReadWriteThink.org Rewind: June

With the arrival of July, let’s take a look at what resources folks used the most on ReadWriteThink.org in June.

Our student interactive tools and mobile apps have been hot this summer! Here’s how people have been using them:

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How did you use ReadWriteThink.org in June? What are your plans for July?

Get Ready for those Summer Blockbusters!

Summer-BlockbusterWhen school is out for summer, many summer blockbuster movies are released. The last few years, there have been a number of films released based on books. Book-to-film adaptations provide great ways for children to explore their favorite books in new ways. Here are some resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org that can be used in anticipation of viewing the movie version of a favorite book.

In “Get the Reel Scoop: Comparing Books to Movies” students compare a book to its film adaptation, and then perform readers theater of a scene from the book that they feel was not well represented in the movie version.

Students compare and analyze novels and the movies adapted from them in “Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies“. They design new DVD covers and a related insert for the movies, reflecting their response to the movie version.

In “You Know the Movie is Coming—Now What?“, students read a literary text with the eye of a director, selecting scenes from the text and putting a cinematic spin on them.

From Text to Film: Exploring Classic Literature Adaptations” invites students to create storyboards to compare and contrast a book and its film adaptation.

In “Reading in the Dark: Using Film as a Tool in the English Classroom” the author makes direct links between film and literary study by addressing reading strategies (e.g., predicting, responding, questioning, and storyboarding) and key aspects of textual analysis.

Interested in more? Check out Teaching With Film in the English Classroom from NCTE!

Teachers Reading in the Summer

SummerReadingThis week marks the first day of Summer 2016! It’s true that many educators assign reading to their students over the summer. We also know that educators themselves have some books they want to read this summer. The following resources from NCTE provide some suggestions for summer reading for educators.

The author of “Summer Reading: A Reflection” recounts her family’s summer reading which gave her a chance to talk with her children about books and, ultimately, about life.

This Teacher to Teacher column invited teachers to respond to the question, “What Work of Adult Fiction or Nonfiction Do You Recommend to Other Teachers for Summer Reading?

Reading for Fun” includes three teachers’ reflections on their personal reading lives and the reading instruction they provide to students.

For several years the editor of “TYCA to You” compiled annual summer reading lists. The editor states that the reading suggestions “span time and content in ways only voracious readers can.”

A study investigated the relationships between five junior high school teachers’ personal approaches to literature and their teaching of literature in “Teachers Reading/Readers Teaching: Five Teachers’ Personal Approaches to Literature and Their Teaching of Literature“.

When adults and teens read the same book, that shared experience can spark important conversations that might not happen otherwise. Tune in to hear about eight novels that all focus in some way on teens and their complicated relationships with family members, peers, and the larger world.

We here at NCTE pose these questions to you: What is on YOUR reading list this summer? Why? What titles are you recommending to others?

The Four R’s of Summer

4rsCan you believe it? The first day of summer will be here before we know it! Whether your school year is already over or will be soon, here are a few things to get you in the mindset:

Reflect.
Take some time to revel in the journey you’ve taken this school year. This blog post, What I’ll Miss, from Katherine Sokolowski offers a lovely example.

Recharge.
One way to prime your batteries for next school year is to learn new things! Here are a few options we recommend this summer: the Whole Language Umbrella Institute (St. Louis, MO), the online course Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning, and the Conference on English Leadership Regional Institute (Bowling Green, KY).

Relax.
Take care of you. A recent study from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education showed that “teachers who regularly use stress-reducing strategies increase their abilities to cope with the demands of the career and are positioned to do a better job educating students.”

Read!
We’re pretty sure you’ve got a summer reading list going already, but if not, you should definitely put #nctechat on June 19th on your calendar. The theme is “Books That Changed My Life” and we’re inviting lots of friends to participate.

If you could invite an author to join this conversation, who would you invite?

Tweet your answer to @ncte and don’t forget to tag the authors!

Also, check out Plan Now for Summer Reading, a blog post on the Literacy in Learning Exchange.

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