Spooky Mysteries for your Tween

With Halloween right around the corner, October is a great month to encourage your child to read mysteries. The genre of mysteries engages young readers because it turns them into a detective to follow the clues that they have to try to decipher the mystery. It is also one of the most popular genres for adult readers too! Here are a few great mystery

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 1

Fall has arrived, and no matter where you live around the world, your children will enjoy reading stories about this fun season.  In this four part series, you will hear about some favorite fall picture books along with a corresponding activity that you can do with your child for each book. Bare Tree Fall Painting Start by reading Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett.  In

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Real Reading: Historical Fiction (4 of 4)

Real Reading: Historical Fiction (4 of 4) Historical Fiction novels are stories where the plot or setting is set in the past. Typically, the books are historically accurate with facts, but the story line is fictional or may have fictional components. Historical fiction as a genre makes it easy to lend itself to the idea of building text-to-self and text-to-world content at home with

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Real Reading: Non-Fiction Connections (3 of 4)

Reading non-fiction in the classroom is on the rise due to the increased emphasis on non-fiction reading and analysis in Common Core. Common Core emphasizes that it is an important skill for college and career readiness since that is what adults are reading and analyzing for work. However, in the past children were typically exposed to reading primarily fiction stories in school. To create non-fiction

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Tying Reading to Community Activities (2 of 4)

One way to help make reading real for your child and to help build their understanding of books they are reading is to build connections through home and community activities. Tying reading to community activities helps to build their text-to-self and text-to-world connections as well as increasing reading comprehension skills. Activities within the community that you can do to help build text-to-world and text-to-self

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Making Reading Real (1 of 4)

Making connections with reading and real life is a great way to encourage children to build their confidence and comprehension in reading. When reading, children build connections in three different ways. They do it through text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections. Text-to-text is when children make connections between different books and passages that they read. Text-to-self is when children are able to make the connection

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Reinforcing the Concepts of Style, Tone, and Point of View at Home (Part 4 of 4)

The style of a story is how the author uses different language within the story. Literarydevices.net has a list of the different types of styles that children will see in fiction stories that include examples. This site is designed for parents or older children, but will give you the basic information needed to help your younger child to determine the style of the story

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Reinforcing the Concepts of Characterization, Conflict and Mood at Home (Part 3 of 4)

Characterization includes the traits of how the characters develop within the story. Reinforcing the Concepts of Characterization, Conflict and Mood at home can help create a life long love of reading in your children. While your child is reading a story you can ask them how a character has changed or what has happened in to the character. Here is very engaging video of

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Reinforcing the Concepts of Plot, Theme & Setting at Home (Part 2 of 4)

Plot, theme and setting are important to the overall understanding of a fictional story. Reinforcing these concepts can be help your children develop a life long love of reading. The plot encompasses the events that occur within a story. When your child is reading, you can assist them to recognize the plot by asking them what has happened in the story. They should be

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Elements of Literature (Part 1 of 4)

As your child is reading a story, whether for pleasure or for school, it is important for them to be able to recognize and respond to questions about the elements of literature. Elements of literature include plot, theme, setting, characterization, conflict, mood, style, tone, and point of view. This series will cover the different elements of literature and activities that you can do at

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