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There is no nobler act than to teach someone to read.
It is the power to work and to provide for oneself and for one’s family; the power to participate in the civic and social life of our society; the power to learn; the power to pursue happiness.
As teachers and parents we know that the literacy we strive to provide cannot be accomplished alone—we need to work together, and therefore we must be saved by love.
Teacher question: There is a big argument in my new district over whether or not it is a good idea to teach children to use the three cueing systems. What do you think? Why don’t you ever write about the cueing systems? Shanahan’s response: I don’t write about them because I’m not a fiction writer. Don’t get me wrong, cueing systems exist, but their value in reading instruction is a magnificent work of the imagination. How do we read words? Perhaps we just guess dumbly when we see a word. For example, guess what this word is: Þßà...
Teacher question: I was wondering what the research says (or if you could point me in the right direction to find it) about explicit instruction for nonfiction text structure. Specifically, English Language Learners. Shanahan resp...
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