Ohio’s Revised Learning Standards – Resources and Strategies

Ohio’s Department of Education (ODE) recently announced its new “Learning in Ohio” webpage. In addition to the revised standards, ODE also provides other resources and strategies that can be useful to classroom teachers. This item summarizes some of our favorites for ELA.
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Graphic Organizers and Struggling Readers

For years, no one ever explained to me the point of graphic organizers.  I remember, when I was a high school student, how I hated when my English teacher would force us to complete things like a “semantic web.”  I just wanted to start writing, but instead I’d be forced to put words inside circles, connecting them with lines.  I didn’t get it.  So when I became an English teacher, I refused to waste time on such activities.  I made the common mistake of universalizing my own experience, figuring my students would appreciate being spared the irritation I felt at their age.
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Review: ReadWriteThink

One school where I taught decided to develop an intervention course for students behind grade level in literacy. We decided to create the course ourselves, rather than relying on an expensive program from a publisher – and, while that decision saved us money and provided curricular freedom, it brought with it the challenge of locating free resources to aid in meaningful lesson planning. I wish ReadWriteThink had existed back then! (Who couldn’t use free literacy resources?)
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Review: NowComment.com for Close Reading

NowComment.com offers a no-strings, totally free service to facilitate detailed discussions about texts – and this is a great resource for teachers seeking to engage students in deep analysis. Students can use the interface to do a close reading of a poem, a passage from literature, a historical document, an informational article, or even a math word problem.
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Review: ReadWorks.org

Are you trying to increase literacy across content areas? If so, you probably want to bookmark ReadWorks.org right now! Of the site’s features, this powerful search interface really sets these free literacy resources above the rest.
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