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New Product Review: EMC Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature

New Product Review: EMC Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature

EMC’s Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature is a comprehensive resource to support English language arts instruction in grades 6-12. The program includes print and web-based resources. In the middle school grades (grades 6-8), instruction uses the theme of “mirrors and windows” to help students use literature to reflect on their own lives and to connect with people from different cultures and times.

Across middle school grades, Mirrors & Windows units are organized in terms of a theme linked to a literary genre. For example, a grade 6 unit that introduces poetry is centered on the theme of “Expressing Yourself.” Each unit is made up of a set of reading selections related to the theme. [Read more…]

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New Review: Benchmark Education’s Benchmark Advance

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Learning List recently reviewed Benchmark Education’s Benchmark Advance.  This comprehensive product is developed to address the California English language arts/reading (ELAR) and English language development (ELD) instructional frameworks for grades K-6. Resources are available in print and eBook formats. Instruction develops close reading skills and addresses the five themes of the California frameworks: Content Knowledge, Making Meaning, Foundational Skills, Language Development, and Effective Expression.

Benchmark Advance organizes content in ten 3-week units that focus on a single topic (e.g., Developing a Nation). Units focus on specific “knowledge strands” (e.g., character, life science, economics) and include content addressed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and California History and Social Studies Standards (HSS). Instruction relies on the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) and incorporates predictable routines (e.g., read alouds). Each unit’s first week focuses on modeling and guided practice and weeks two and three provide opportunities for students to apply and extend what they have learned.

Resources include “Texts for Close Reading,” “Texts for English Language Development,” and “Reader’s Theater” scripts. Texts for Close Reading are available as print consumables and eBooks. Print books have space for notes and numbered paragraphs that help students cite evidence from the text in written and spoken communication. eBooks contain interactive annotation tools (e.g., highlighters and note taking tools). Texts for English Language Development help English language learners and struggling readers build the skills to become on-level readers. Students develop fluency skills using engaging Reader’s Theater scripts. Units include sets of resources to support small group instruction, including letter and high frequency word flashcards.

 About Benchmark Education*

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Our award-winning print and digital solutions feature content-rich leveled texts in English and Spanish; explicit instruction in close reading and analysis, genre, and cross-text study; and a wide array of differentiated resources that enable educators to target literacy intervention. Our powerful supplemental and core programs give diverse learners precisely the support they need to accelerate achievement. Professional Development, a top priority for Benchmark Education since its founding close to twenty years ago, can be customized for schools or districts, and has been demonstrated by scientific research studies to improve teacher effectiveness and help schools build essential capacity. Many educational publishing companies say their literacy programs are the best, but our classroom-tested resources speak for themselves. Proven time and again in field research, our programs help boost reading proficiency under the new state standards. Since our inception in 1998, our mission has remained to provide classroom-tested solutions that help educators differentiate instruction and enable EVERY student to achieve success.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Benchmark Education.

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s Reading Wonders

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Learning List has reviewed McGraw Hill’s Reading Wonders, a comprehensive reading and language arts program for students in grades K-6. Instruction focuses on the close reading, collaborative discussion, and analytic writing strands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including the California CCSS. Materials are available in print and digital formats.

Wonders uses a variety of student materials, such as the Reading/Writing Workshop, Your Turn Practice Book, Close Reading Companion, Leveled Readers, a Literature Anthology, and Grammar Handbook, and WonderWorks for Response to Intervention. The Reading/Writing Workshop is at the center of instruction and addresses the CCSS Anchor Strands for close reading of complex texts, collaborative conversations, and analytic writing, as well as foundational skills (e.g., phonics) as appropriate for a particular grade level. At each grade, Workshops present six-week thematic units (e.g., New Discoveries) organized in weekly instructional blocks.

Wonders focuses on the reading of literary and informational texts, rereading for specific purposes, and the use of textual evidence to support conclusions and opinions in spoken and written formats. Lessons are structured using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (i.e., GRR) instructional model. Instruction relies on a set of instructional routines (i.e., introduction, modeling, and guided and independent practice) that are applied to specific learning task (e.g., sound categorization). Optional technology-based activities are provided.

About McGraw Hill*

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At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking a brighter future lies within the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching.

Educators have been and always will be at the core of the learning experience. The solutions we develop help educators impart their knowledge to students more efficiently. We believe that harnessing technology can enhance learning inside and outside of the classroom and deepen the connections between students and teachers to empower greater success.

By partnering with educators around the globe, our learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and increase engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw Hill.

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