When I wrote the post on readability and promised a follow-up, I had no idea I was wading into an argument that has apparently waged for almost a century. William H. Dubay gives an exhaustive overview of the various formulas, theories, supporters, and detractors of readability in a 2004 tract entitled “Principles of Readability”. This … Continue reading Readability
This website is great for teachers looking to get their students to read more and gather some data along the way. Readtheory.org provides short readings and comprehension quizzes that adapt to the level of the reader. Score well on a reading and the next one will be slightly more difficult. Score poorly and the difficulty … Continue reading ReadTheory.org
This post was going to be about the wonderfully written and illustrated book “Skyscraper” by author and illustrator Lynn Curlee. I thought it might be good material to keep on hand during the Materials and Structures unit of Grade 3 science. The author follows the phenomenon of the Skyscraper through various ages and architectural periods, … Continue reading Skyscraper by Lynn Curlee [Text Analysis]
This blog focuses on the K-6 age group because that is where I have the most experience. A relatively new experience for me is being a father. So today's post will be about some great books I have found in my hunt for reading material for my daughter. There are a series of books called … Continue reading Books for Kindergarten
Summer for teachers is half over and though we probably want to relish these dog days a few weeks more, many of us can’t help but look toward the fall and start to prepare. In the hustle and bustle of the school year I often bookmark sites I come across that may be useful, but … Continue reading Summer Browsing
I was reading an article for a masters course on technology in the arts and humanities classroom. The author, Kiran Subhani, describes in detail an activity that she uses where students interpret what is going on in a photo. For example, regard the picture below from 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner, Javier Manzano: First she would have … Continue reading What is Going On?