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Pride Month Author Spotlight: Julian Siminski
To help celebrate Pride Month, Storyshares is thrilled to shine the spotlight on one of our talented authors, Julian Simiński. Julian’s book, Math = Silence, is a popular and compelling title in the Storyshares library.
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Stories Like You: Why Representation Matters in YA Literature (Especially for LGBTQ+ Teens)
We all know the struggle to get teens engaged with reading. But what if the key lies not just in compelling stories, but in stories that reflect their own lives? Studies show that relatable characters and familiar experiences make reading more meaningful and engaging. This is especially true for LGBTQ+ teens, who are often underrepresented in Young Adult literature.
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The Power of Small Group Instruction for Middle and High School Readers
The field of education loves buzzwords and the arena of small group instruction is no different. Centers, stations, Tier 2 intervention… they all provide ways for teachers to meet students where they are and support them in getting to where they need to be. The one thing that all these instructional methods have in common is that they happen in small groups. Why is small group instruction important for accelerating literacy skills for older students? Let’s discuss!
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Is There a Way to Help Striving Middle School Readers Build Skills Without Sacrificing Interest?
Many middle school students struggle with reading due to a lack of foundational skills and access to high-quality decodable texts. Decodable chapter books, with engaging content and age-appropriate themes, can bridge the gap between skill development and genuine interest for these striving readers.
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Reaching Older Striving Readers: A Dos and Don'ts Guide
Teens who struggle with reading can thrive with the right approach. This guide explores ways to assess their needs and offers practical strategies for decoding, fluency, comprehension, and choosing engaging, diverse texts.
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Cracking the Code: Powerful Phonics Instruction for Older Struggling Readers
Many people mistakenly believe phonics instruction is for young children only. But what about the millions of middle and high school students who still struggle to decode words? For these teenagers, a structured approach to phonics can be a game-changer. Here's why.
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What is decodable vs. high-low?
Here’s what we know: 773 million teens + adults lack literacy skills worldwide. In the US, 2/3 of fourth graders are reading below grade level. This is a crisis. Storyshares has a solution. Storyshares empowers older striving readers to rediscover the joy of reading by offering a curated library collection designed just for them. We offer a continuously expanding selection of over 500 engaging and relevant decodable and high-low titles catering to older, struggling readers. Let’s take a look at the different ways to support literacy development for older readers with decodable and high-low books.
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AAPI Month Author Spotlight: Yoko Fujimoto
To help celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Storyshares is thrilled to shine the spotlight on one of our talented authors, Yoko Fujimoto. Yoko’s book, “A Capsule of Stars” is scheduled for publication as part of the Storyshares Summer/Fall book release.
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Enhancing Literacy Instruction with Decodable Texts
Decodable books have become a powerful tool for building strong reading skills for all types of learners. Up until recently, decodable texts have been used primarily in early elementary school, leaving behind the millions of older, striving readers in grades 3 and up. Additionally, most of the decodable texts that have been used in phonics instruction for older readers are written for first or second graders, and therefore feel babyish and irrelevant to middle and high schoolers. That’s where Storyshares comes in. We’ve harnessed the power of decodable texts and created a series of engaging, exciting decodable chapter books written specifically for readers in upper elementary, middle, high school, and beyond! Here's a guide to unlock the full potential of decodable books, whether you're a parent, teacher, or anyone looking to support a developing reader.
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