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Benefits of Student Publications

I wouldn’t be a good editor and blogger today if I hadn’t been on the staffs of my high school news magazine or their literary and art publications. In the face of more rigorous graduation requirements and budget cuts, I’ve watched those publications struggle to survive. I don&rsq ...

How to Paraphrase a Difficult Text

Paraphrasing is essential when using sources in writing, but it’s challenging when a source uses difficult language. You can still use the source. However, you need to break down the steps for writing an effective paraphrase. The four steps are to look up difficult words, rewrite the passage ...

What to Expect from AP Language and AP Literature

You know these two Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college level and prepare you for taking the exams that determine whether you’ll get college credits for the coursework, but what does a day in the class look like? Classroom activities are similar despite AP Language’s focus on rhe ...

Testing a Child’s Reading Future

It’s the joy of every mom and dad to see their kids learn something new. However, the possibility of being able to learn how to read is somehow uncertain. But what if there is a test that can help determine a toddler’s reading future?Nina Kraus, a Neurobiology and Physiology Professor, ...

Great Magazines for Kids

How much do your kids love getting mail? If they're anything like my niece, they LOVE it. One of her "jobs" is bringing the mail in, and I always give her the junk mail as "her mail". She loves it even though she doesn't know what it says, and it's usually just a pos ...

Reading is the Key to Early Literacy

In order to raise literacy levels in young children, it’s vital to act quickly and encourage them to read as early as possible. The ability for a child to communicate is vital to his or her social development; it will allow your child to interact with their family, make friends, ask questions ...

Make Summer Reading Important

Reading, reading, reading! Every few weeks a study or article comes out that talks about the importance of reading, and reading on a regular basis at every age. This is especially important for younger children who depend on reading to help them explore new information and ideas, gain new knowledge ...

Introducing ESL Students to Reading Passages

As English as a second language (ESL) students build their language skills, the day will come when they’re ready, with guidance, to read passages of a few paragraphs. Guidance is important because it will maximize students’ success and prevent the frustration that comes from having a bo ...