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Sometimes our vocational ed (CTE) students have a difficult time reading technical literature because the heavy use of jargon gets in their way, hampering comprehension and frustrating those students who may prefer hands-on learning situations. VocabGrabber can help prevent this experience: students can "grab" a text's jargon beforehand, preview those terms, and then head back to the text with a good understanding of the key concepts they will encounter while reading.  Continue reading...
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Edulinks

Useful sites for educators

Calling All Teen and Tween Writers

Here are some websites that specialize in publishing the work of young writers. 

Cicada 

Merlyn's Pen 

Stone Soup

Teen Ink Magazine 

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Blog Excerpts

Yes We Can Learn English

In Japan, the new craze among ESL students is learning English from the speeches of Barack Obama. The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Teachers sometimes feel like their students live in a different linguistic world. The varieties of English spoken by students these days may be jam-packed with slang and other colloquialisms largely impenetrable to their teachers, especially when there's a difference in cultural background. Though the teacher's job is to train students in the proper use of standard English, can that be balanced by an appreciation of the diversity of student slang? To answer that question, we're checking in with two teachers with experience in the New York City public school system. First up is Shannon Reed, who writes regularly for our Teachers At Work section.  Continue reading...
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Blog Du Jour

Empowering Writing

These nonprofit groups aim to empower kids and grownups through writing and storytelling. Please check them out - and give them your support!

WriteGirl

826LA

StoryCorps

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