Non-Fiction Articles Published by Lexile Levels

Non-Fiction Articles Published by Lexile Levels

The Common Core State Standards challenges us, as English Language Arts teachers, to shift the way instruction looks and sounds in the ELA classroom. One of those shifts is the attention to the staircase of complexity. We know that for students to be ready for the...
CTL Staff Spotlight: A Passion for Adolescent Literacy

CTL Staff Spotlight: A Passion for Adolescent Literacy

The online bios of CTL staff members feature quotes that reflect each person’s passion or special interest within education. For Educational Programs Specialist Ashley Perkins, the quote actually includes the word “passion”: “Adolescent...
Teaching Critical Vocabulary

Teaching Critical Vocabulary

  Middle and high school teachers are embracing deeper reading in their classes, as required by the Common Core State Standards. They accept the literacy premise that students need to build background knowledge in order to comprehend, analyze, and synthesize...
Speak No More of Rigor?

Speak No More of Rigor?

Writers, philosophers, and mystics know that naming a concept or abstract reality puts limits on our ability to truly comprehend it. By labeling things, we attempt to contain them, define them, and compartmentalize them. An educational term that everyone uses but few...

Was Life in the Middle Ages Really a Fairy Tale?

Guest Blogger Stella Baker is an English Language Arts teacher at Owsley County Middle School. She has been teaching in Kentucky schools for 29 years. Over that period of time she has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels, but has always returned to middle...