Engage Your Students with Reading Resources  

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#1 Explore - Strategies for Close Reading of Digital Text Explore - Strategies for Close Reading of Digital Text

In the New Yorker article by Maria Konnikova, you learned that students learn to read digital text deeply using interactive annotative components. Many free digital tools offer highlighting and note taking to help students use active reading strategies for digital text so that students interact with the text, underlining, circling and taking notes while they read.

Applying deep reading skills in a digital environment requires high quality digital text combined with digital tools.  INFOhio provides the digital text. The teacher determines which digital tool is best for the students to use.

Free digital tools

Use these digital tools to build active reading strategies with digital text. 

Note: Google for Education has many reading and writing tools.  If you are a Google school, check with your technology department. Here is a video on using Google Add-on's for Close Reading.

Close reading techniques

Learn about close reading technique with digital text by viewing this webinar Control/Alt/Read: Reading Digital Text in the Plugged in Classroom of the 21st Century.

Help students learn these close reading techniques.  Introduce one of the active reading tools. Have students use that tool while reading selected INFOhio digital text.

1. Guiding Questions

Questions that accompany a text for engagement and reading for purpose.  Students read the questions first, then read the text.  Provide readers with essential questions that:

  • prepare them to read the text.
  • engage them as they read.
  • encourage analysis after reading.

Read the "Guiding Questions Handout" from engageNY.org.

Two examples of guiding questions using INFOhio resources.

Review the example "The Curious Garden" that provides example guiding questions with a story from BookFlix.

 

Example guiding questions.

Here are some guiding questions that could be used in a class discussion or a student learning center. These questions focus on vocabulary.

  • How does the world "restless" help readers understand why the garden is curious?
  • What does "restless" mean?  What clues tell you this?

 

 

Review the example "Plate Tectonics" that provides example guiding questions and article from Explora.

Example guiding questions.

Here are some guiding questions that could be used in a class discussion or an assigned reading activity. These questions focus on cause and effect.

  • What caused the theory to be accepted as fact?
  • What are the results of plate tectonics we can see today?


2. Chunking

Chunking is breaking down larger sections of text into smaller, more manageable sections.  Chunking works well for complex texts, can be used for discussion or modeling, and is used when zooming on devices for larger text size.

Read Chunking and Questioning Aloud Strategy from the National Center on Educational Outcomes.

Two examples demonstrating chunking of articles from INFOhio's resources using free digital tools. 

Review the example "Sea Turtles" that demonstrates chunking using the Snipping Tool with World Book Kids.   Note the text is chunked to help students understand how to break down large quantities of text into smaller, manageable amounts.

Review the example "Gauguin" that demonstrates chunking with World Book Student. Note the text is chunked to help students understand how to break down large quantities of text into smaller, manageable amounts.

3. Highlighting and Note Taking

Highlighting and note taking to help students use active reading strategies for digital text so that students interact with the text, underlining, circling and taking notes while they read.

Examples of highlighting INFOhio's digital text using the free digital Snipping Tool.

Review the example "Sea Turtles" demonstrating highlighting using the Snipping Tool and World Book Kids. Review the example "Gauguin" demonstrating highlighting and note taking using the Snipping Tool with World Book Student.
#2 Explore - Learn more about INFOhio's Digital Content (PreK-3) Explore - Learn more about INFOhio's Digital Content (PreK-3)

INFOhio offers resources for PreK-3 students to improve their reading skills.  Explore one or more of these resources.  As you explore, think about your students, their families and your curriculum.  How can these tools and resources be used to expand your students' digital reading abilities?

As you begin your exploration, think of an instructional unit you can tweak to develop digital reading skills.  Download the PDF Explore PreK-3 Resources for directions as you investigate these INFOhio resources.

As you explore, enter your INFOhio username and password, if asked. Note: the help   button located on the right of each resource houses documentation and help tools for each resource.

Early World of Learning

Read the Early World of Learning Getting Started Guide.

Watch the Early World of Learning video tutorial.

Explore Early World of Learning as outlined in Explore PreK-3 Resources

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BookFlix pairs quality fiction and nonfiction resources on various topics to encourage growth of foundational reading skills.

Read the BookFlix Getting Started Guide.

Watch the BookFlix Teacher Tutorial.

Explore BookFlix as outlined in Explore PreK-3 Resources.

 

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                      World Book Kids

Read the World Book Getting Started Guide.

Watch this video tutorial on World Book Kids.

Explore World Book Kids as outlined in Explore PreK-3 Resources.

 

 Follow this path to access Early World of Learning, BookFlix and World Book Kids:

  1. Go to www.infohio.org.
  2. Select the PreK-5 button.
  3. Select Early World of Learning, BookFlix or World Book Kids from the resources list.

Add  a link to these resources on your library or class web page with these links:

#3 Explore - Learn about INFOhio's Digital Informational Text (Grades 4-8) Explore - Learn about INFOhio's Digital Informational Text (Grades 4-8)

INFOhio offers resources for grades 4-8 with authentic, informational text.  Explore one or more of these resources.  As you begin your exploration, think of an instructional unit you can tweak to develop digital reading skills.  Download Explore Grade 4-8 Digital Reading Resources for a list of resources to explore as you investigate these resources.

When using these resources, enter your INFOhio username and password, if asked. Note the button to the right of the resource listing.This button houses help documentation for each resource.

Choose Explora PreK-5 or Explora 6-8 to investigate for digital text for your students. 

 

   Explora Grades 6-8  

Find high quality informational text materials with Explora.

  1. Watch the Explora for Grades 6-12 for Teachers tutorial.
  2. Search Explora Grades 6-8 for a content for an instructional unit.

 

 

Explora for Grades PreK-5

  1. Watch the Explora for Elementary video tutorial.
  2. Search Explora Elementary for content for an instructional unit.

 

Find high quality informational text, images, videos and more with World Book Students.

    World Book Student

 

  1. Watch the World Book Student tutorial.
  2. Search for your favorite topic in World Book Student.

Here is the path to find Explora 6-8 and World Book Student:

  1. Go to www.infohio.org
  2. Select the 6-8 button.
  3. Select Explora 6-8 or World Book Student from the resources list.

Here is the path to find Explora PreK-5:

  1. Go to www.infohio.org
  2. Select the PreK-5 button.
  3. Select Explora PreK-5 from the resources list.

Add a link to these resources to your library or class web page with these urls:

 

#4 Explore - Learn about INFOhio's Digital Informational Text (Grades 9-12 & College Credit Plus) Explore - Learn about INFOhio's Digital Informational Text (Grades 9-12 & College Credit Plus)

INFOhio offers resources for high school and College Credit Plus students with authentic, informational text.  Explore one or more of these resources.  As you begin your exploration, think of an instructional unit you can tweak to develop digital reading skills. 

Note the button to the right of the resource listing. This button houses help documentation for each resource. When exploring, you may be asked to enter your INFOhio username and password. 

           Explora Grades 9-12

With Explora you can find high quality informational text materials.

  1. Watch the Explora for Grades 6-12 for Teachers tutorial.
  2. Access   by going to www.infohio.org, click the 9-12 button and select  Explora Grades 9-12.
  3. Search for your favorite topic. Note: You can also search with advanced search or by using any of the topic areas, such as Current History or Arts and Literature,
  4. Explore the results of your search.
  5. Use the limiters on the left to narrow your search results. Note: Lexile limiters assist in narrowing reading difficulty.
  6. Open an article. (Format options include pdf or html text.)
  7. Note:  There is an option for pdf format to send the article to the Cloud via OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive. Give this a try and see how it works.  See the Find Free Content for your Blended or Flipped Classroom module for additional ideas on using Google Classroom and Drive.
  8. When you open an article you have a toolbar palette that opens on your right. Review these options.

  EBSCO Resources

Introduce your high school students to many types of digital reading materials with the EBSCO resources and tools. INFOhio provides many types of EBSCO resources including Academic Search Premier, Vocational and Career Collection, Biography Reference Bank and Science Reference Center.  All of these databases operate in a similar manner. 

Not sure which database to choose? All are searchable using ISearch.  Learn about ISearch in the Learn to Search Effectively module.

      Academic Search Premier

Are you preparing students for college or teaching a college credit plus course?  Academic Search Premier is found in many academic settings.  Introducing your students to deep reading of the journals and scholarly resources found in Academic Search Premier will prepare them for classes in the university setting.

Search Academic Search Premier for a favorite topic.

Select the limiters paying attention to Peer-reviewed and Academic Journals.

Note: There is an option for pdf format to send the article to the Cloud via OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive. Give this a try and see how it works.  See the Find Free Content for your Blended or Flipped Classroom for additional ideas on using Google Classroom and Drive.

 

       Vocational and Career Collection

Are you preparing students for technical careers?  Vocational and Career Collection provides full-text periodicals from all types of industries. Use these resources to prepare your students with the deep reading skills needed for technical career success. 

Access to this resource is a little trickier.  Follow these directions.

  1. Go to www.infohio.org
  2. Click the 9-12 button
  3. Select EBSCO Multidatabase Search.
  4. Click Databases A to Z
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Vocational and Career Collection.

Search Vocational and Career Collection for a favorite topic.

Note: Many of the articles you retrieve are coming from industry publications.

Note:  There is an option for pdf format to send the article to the Cloud via OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive. Give this a try and see how it works.  See the Find Free Content for your Blended or Flipped Classroom for additional ideas on using Google Classroom and Drive.

Use the Getting Started Guide for EBSCO (All Databases) as a reference as you review some of the EBSCO resources. 

To access all of the EBSCO databases:

  1. Go to www.infohio.org.
  2. Click the 9-12 button.
  3. Select EBSCO Multidatabase Search.

Add EBSCOhost Multi-Database Search as a direct link on your library or class web page with this url: https://www.infohio.org/students/er/item/ebscohost-multidb-search.

 

#5 Extend the Learning Extend the Learning

Think about ways you will incorporate digital reading skills in your classroom. Think of ways you will communicate with parents the importance of teaching digital reading skills.  Will you include an article in a newsletter?  Will you include a presentation at open house?

Would you like lessons that focus on reading?

Would you like to read more about developing perseverance in your students?

Would you like ideas on developing lessons that focus on perseverance, grit and tenacity?

  • Here are some templates to plan focused learning during online reading activities from Edutopia. 
  • Study this Individual Learning Plan example from its.learning.eu.

Would you like to learn more about guiding questions?

Would you like to learn more about close reading? Would you like some digital tools to help your students become close readers?

Would you like to quickly find informational text for your students?

Would you like to find tools and resources to strengthen reading and digital literacy skills?

  • Review the INFOhio Curriculum Toolboxes.  Here you will find information on:
    • Close Reading.
    • Digtial Literacy.
    • Note-taking.
    • Text Complexity.

Would you like to know more about Lexile levels of text?