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Tuesday Tidbit: Phonics Terminology - Equipping Older Readers for Success
This week's Tuesday Tidbit dives into the world of phonics terminology! While younger learners might struggle with these concepts, older students striving for fluency can benefit greatly from understanding them. Equipping them with terms like welded sounds, digraphs, and blends empowers them to tackle new words with confidence.
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Tips on Combating Summer Reading Loss
Summer break is just beginning for most students, and while it is a fun time of rest from school, good weather, and new opportunities, it can also eat away at the important skills gained over the school year. Without deliberate efforts to keep up reading over break, students of all ages can experience reading loss, which is the decline in reading development over periods without formal literacy instruction. Luckily, reading over the summer doesn’t have to be a chore. These tips can help set students up for success for the next school year without compromising their fun over the summers. 
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Science of Reading and the Practice Pendulum
The pendulum of reading instruction has swung between phonics-heavy and whole-language approaches, but the Science of Reading offers a more nuanced understanding. Explicit phonics instruction is crucial, but it must be combined with opportunities to build fluency, comprehension, and a love of reading through access to engaging and age-appropriate materials for all students, even those struggling beyond elementary school.
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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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