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Teaching Vocabulary in Context: My Journey from Mistakes to Mastery

Vocabulary is undeniably a cornerstone of literacy, but the approach taken in order to teach vocabulary is the key. Research-based strategies emphasize the importance of teaching vocabulary in context rather than in isolation. This allows students to make meaningful connections between words and the world around them, enriching their understanding and application of language. But in […]

Integrating Primary Sources into Language Arts Lessons

Although primary sources are most associated with teaching social studies, integrating them into language arts lessons will help students develop a deeper understanding of the content. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, primary sources are original materials that haven’t been filtered through interpretation. These could be photographs, manuscripts, recordings, interviews, newspaper clippings, or any other […]

Teaching Grammar that Supports the Science of Reading

When the research behind the science of reading fundamentally changed the way teachers delivered their literacy instruction, teaching grammar was certainly not at the forefront of anyone’s mind. The biggest shift in teaching (especially in the upper grades) occurred with phonics instruction. However, it’s essential to look at all of the strands of language comprehension, […]