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    Context Clues and Analogies (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM1L3
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn to find the meaning of words through analogy and other word relationships.

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    Origins and Meanings of Foreign Words and Phrases (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM1L4
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will become acquainted with the origins and meanings of foreign words and phrases frequently used in English texts.

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    Reference Materials (e.g., dictionaries, thesauri, glossaries) Printed and Electronic (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM1L6
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to use dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauri in order to determine meanings of words and phrases, including their denotations, connotations, and etymologies.

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    Evaluate a Text for its Graphics and Visual Appeal (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM5L6
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to evaluate a text for the clarity and appeal of its graphics.

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    Synthesize Information in Charts and Graphs (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM5L7
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to synthesize information that you find in charts and graphs.

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    Evaluate Tone in Various Media for Different Audiences and Purposes (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM4L2
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to explain how the tone of a message varies according to audience and purpose.

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    Denotation and Connotation (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM1L2
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to distinguish between the denotative (dictionary) meaning of a word and its connotative (emotions or associations that are implied rather than literal) meaning.

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    Cognates (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM1L5
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to use your knowledge of cognates from other languages to help you understand unfamiliar words.

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    Isolated Scenes and Plot Support (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM3L3
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to analyze various scenes in several works of fiction to see how those scenes affect the plot as a whole.

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    Contrast Media’s Message with Traditional Text (English II Reading)

    • Resource ID: E2RdM4L1
    • Grade Range: 10
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to evaluate how messages presented in media reflect social and cultural messages differently than in traditional texts.

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    Using Reading and Writing to Support Learning Across the Content Areas

    • Grade Range: 5-12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This resource presents instructional writing and reading practices that support the content area learning of adolescent learners.

    The Write for Texas guiding principles of effective writing instruction, developed for all teachers across disciplines, focus on building every student's understanding and ability to read, write, and think like experts—historians, mathematicians, scientists, and literary critics.

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    Understand New Vocabulary Using Roots and Affixes (English 6 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E6RdM1L1
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to determine the meaning of grade-level academic English words derived from Latin, Greek, or other linguistic roots and affixes.

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    Understand New Vocabulary Within Context (English 6 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E6RdM1L2
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to use context (e.g., cause and effect or compare and contrast organizational text structures) to determine or clarify the meaning of unfamiliar or multiple-meaning words.

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    Themes in Literary Texts (English 6 Reading)

    • Resource ID: E6RdM2L1
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will learn how to infer the implicit theme in a work of fiction, distinguish theme from topic, and make complex inferences using textual evidence.

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    Honk If You Agree

    • Resource ID: PBS339
    • Grade Range: 3–6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    In these two lesson plans, students will learn to identify issues of importance, form their opinions, and support those opinions with evidence and reason. They will also learn how to state their feelings in a persuasive manner.

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    Unforgettable Elephants

    • Resource ID: PBS457
    • Grade Range: 3–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    In this video segment from Nature, witness the joy an elephant family experiences when a new baby elephant is born. This birth was a celebration within elephant society. 

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    Edison: Boyhood and Teen Years

    • Resource ID: PBS401
    • Grade Range: 3–8
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Find out how young Thomas Edison’s curiosity got him into trouble, and how, during his teen years, he lost his hearing but gained confidence as an aspiring inventor, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Edison.

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    Imagery and Figurative Language

    • Resource ID: E6RdM2L8
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    Using textual evidence, you will be able to explain how authors create meaning through stylistic elements and figurative language emphasizing the use of personification, hyperbole, and refrains in prose and poetry.

  19. Comprehension Instruction

    • Resource ID: REDBK3
    • Grade Range: K–12
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    This resource outlines the components of research-based programs for reading comprehension instruction and is for all educators who want to learn more about how to support reading comprehension for students of all ages. Links to videos, handouts, and sample lesson plans are included.

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    Literary Nonfiction

    • Resource ID: E6RdM2L9
    • Grade Range: 6
    • Subject: ELA & Reading

    You will be able to identify the literary language and devices used in memoirs and personal narratives and compare their characteristics with those of an autobiography.