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The ability to effectively read is critical to the success of a student in any subject area. Yet many students experience difficulty in mastering this skill. Engaging students in active reading practices can help them become more involved in their reading, thus aiding comprehension and retention. This week, we focus on specific active reading strategies you can use with your students today.

Analytic reading involves breaking a text into its component parts, in order to understand its meaning and relate it to other texts. While critical to success in school, this skill is lacking in most students. This week, we will provide tips to promote analytic reading in the classroom.

Graphic Organizers are maps that represent relationships and encourage organization of knowledge. Ideal as a primary mode of intake for visual learners, graphic organizers can be used effectively to make abstract ideas concrete and visible. This week, we offer you explanations of five graphic organizers and a version of each to download.

As students progress through middle and high school, even strong readers occasionally need aid in reading new or difficult material. This week, Teaching Today offers a series of tips to help students utilize before, during, and after reading strategies.

Struggling readers present secondary classroom teachers with unique challenges. Secondary teachers are experts in their subject areas but they have not been trained to “teach” reading. However, when given an expository text, struggling readers require intervention in order to understand what they are reading. This week, we offer a series of tips teachers can implement immediately to help struggling readers comprehend expository text.

The use of technology, the Web in particular, has become an important skill for both students and teachers to master. The Internet has a vast amount of information and infinitely many uses, but it takes practice to learn to effectively navigate its resources. This week’s tips focus on finding ways to guide students in their research and use of the Web.

While most students entering secondary school are expected to read on a secondary level, effective classroom teachers recognize that some secondary students are lagging in reading skills. This week, we provide suggestions for improving instruction for struggling readers.

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This diagramming handout can be used to help students visually organize concepts and facts that relate to a central theme or topic.

This reference sheet will help students learn the proper method for citing online resources, based on the MLA style.

Use the K-W-L (What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I've Learned) worksheet to help students become more actively involved in their reading. They will use the worksheet to identify what they know about a reading subject, what they want to know about it, and what they have learned about it, once they read it.

Use this Anticipation Guide with students to help them apply analytical reading strategies.

This easy-to-use worksheet will help guide students through the initial step of key word clustering.

Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize similarities and differences of two ideas, objects, or sets.

Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize similarities and differences between three ideas, objects, or sets.

Use this graph to organize steps in a process, to trace plot development, or to record the stages of an event.

Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize causal relationships in complex ideas or events.

Use this graphic organizer to develop an awareness of and mode for dealing with feelings and thoughts about sensitive subjects

This activity builds reading strategies by asking students to anticipate reading content from a key word list.

Use this activity to lead students through a focused reading activity. By rating their comprehension with multiple rereadings, students learn to apply this strategy to difficult passages.

Use this guide to pose questions about reading passages. Space is provided for students to record their answers.

Use this graphic organizer to support expository text reading.

Feature Articles

As most teachers know, effective reading skills are a critical key to academic success. Yet, they are an elusive and often mysterious set of skills for students to acquire. This month, we report on what constitutes proficient reading and how content teachers can incorporate good reading strategies to help their students become better readers.

Reading is arguably the single most important skill to have mastered by the end of elementary school. Yet, year after year, teachers find students entering middle school and high school struggling with reading material. This month, we look at ways to help those students who may be struggling with content area reading.

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