Dealing with Teenage Drama About College

Are you dealing with teenage drama about college? If you were expecting an easy ride you’ve probably realized that you were delusional. Even the best of daughters has her moments; and even the model son makes you want to pull your hair out. A friend of mine once told me (when I was potty training my … Read more

Summer Boredom Crushers

School’s out for the summer and it won’t be long before you hear those dreaded words, “I’m bored.” My grandsons have already uttered them! Personally, I never liked those words. I don’t use them myself and I taught my kids not to use them. They knew if they used them, I would find them something … Read more

Recent Survey Shows 1 in 4 Parents Cheated to Get their Child Into College

If you watched the Netflix Special “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal”, you might think that only rich parents cheat to get their kids into college. But according to a new survey from, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, you would be wrong. What did the survey find? … Read more

Introducing Entelechy, An AI-Powered Personal Tutor

Spread the love The owners of The Edvocate and The Tech Edvocate are proud to announce, Entelechy, an AI-powered personal tutor that generates quality multiple-choice, fill in the blank, true/false, and Wh questions based on the content that you provide and then gives you the option of 1. downloading your question bank, 2. studying the … Read more

Should You Hire an SAT or ACT Tutor?

Hiring a test prep tutor might just be the best investment you can make toward a college education. It may seem like a large investment, but the return you receive on the investment can be astronomical. Consider this: You pay $100 an hour for 5 hours for a test prep tutor = $500 Your student scores … Read more

23 Ways to Improve Students Reading Comprehension Skills

Spread the love Are you looking for strategies to improve students reading comprehension skills? If so, keep reading. 1. Get the learner to look for the keywords and main ideas when reading. 2. After reading a selection, have the learner have to verbally summarize what they have read. 3. Get the learner to read high … Read more

Write a Letter! Copy

December 7 is Letter Writing Day! Take a few minutes, and send someone a hand written letter. Then, invite your students to also write letters using these resources from
Tone, purpose, and audience. In this lesson, students compare an e-mail with a traditional letter. They then work in small groups to identify the style and intended audience for sample letters and e-mails about forgotten homework. Finally, each student writes both an e-mail and a letter about the same topic.
This activity uses literature and shared writing to teach letter-writing format and promote authentic letter writing. Students listen to and talk about stories dealing with correspondence before participating in a collaborative, whole-group letter-writing activity. They go on to write their own letters to deliver or mail to adult school helpers, family, or friends. Students often go on to write letters on their own time, which may generate ongoing correspondence.
Whether children and teens miss friends who’ve moved away or want to keep in touch with family while traveling, letter writing is the key to ongoing communication. Invite young adults to write letters to classmates, postcards from travels, and e-mails to family and friends. There are endless possibilities for this type of communication as described in this activity.
In this lesson, students discuss literature through a series of letter exchanges, in the form of handwritten letters, typed letters, electronic documents, e-mail, online discussion posts, and even Weblog posts. Students begin by exchanging letters that explore an issue or idea from a selected text. They discuss ways of writing open-ended letters that foster discussion, leaving room for responses to their letters, and keeping letters focused on a point. They then continue to exchange letters as they read the text, exchanging a minimum of three letters in a series.
What role does letter writing play in your classroom?

Celebrating Museums!

Every year since 1977, May 18 has been recognized as International Museum Day. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme, engage with their public, and highlight the importance of the role of museums as institutions that serve society and its development. As educators, how can we incorporate all that museums have to offer into our classrooms?
Learn more about the Smithsonian Institution, considered to be the “nation’s museum,” which comprises 19 museums and 129 affiliate museums—including the National Zoo and the National Air and Space Museum.
This unit asks students to focus on one issue as it applies to a novel. Working alone or with a partner, students create artifacts in a variety of genres for a museum exhibit that will demonstrate important facts about the research topic and its significance to viewers.
Visit a museum or art gallery (either online or in person) with children and teens, helping them find inspiration for a story based on a piece of art that they particularly enjoy or relate to. Simply find a picture that tells or suggests a story. Then encourage children or teens to make a list of words and ideas about the image before writing a creative story that explains what is happening in the image . . . and beyond.
In this lesson plan, students become active archivists, gathering photos, artifacts, interviews, and stories for a museum exhibit that highlights a decade in their school’s history.
Even if you can’t visit in person, make sure to visit online museum exhibits. There is so much to learn and see!

Curious about the NCTE and Library of Congress connection? Through a grant announced by NCTE Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick, NCTE is engaged in new ongoing work with the Library of Congress, and “will connect the ELA community with the Library of Congress to expand the use of primary sources in teaching.” Stay tuned for more throughout the year!

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