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Category - Reading Fluency

Strange Bedfellows: Hip-Hop, Vocabulary Development, and the Common Core

As a former English teacher and a forever writer, I love hip-hop lyrics. Don’t get me wrong, not the gangsta rap full of gunplay, misogynistic images and fowl language. (Remember when a hoe was simply a garden tool?). No, I’m talking about real hip-hop – consciousness raisin’, power to the people hip-hop. There is a…

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Three Ways to Improve Reading WITHOUT a Book This Summer

It’s summer time. Soon children are going to be signing up for summer reading programs at the library. Here’s a radical idea. Let’s work on improving low-performing students’ reading skills without a book this summer. Here’s why I say this. I was watching The Secret Millionaire last Sunday to get my weekly dose of reality…

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