Literacy Voices Roundup – July 18

Fewer Students Read Between Lines

A few weeks ago, we posted about the release of the Reach Higher, America report that highlights the growing shortage of an educated, skilled workforce. This article from the The Tampa Tribune gives us a first-hand account of the problem in Florida. Thanks to Terry at The Reading Tub for the link.

CBBC: Beijing Olympics 2008

This website (thanks to Larry Ferlazzo) is an interactive exploration into the Beijing Olympics. Kids (and parents… and teachers) can take quizzes on Olympic history, read the athletes’ blogs and watch video clips. This site is a good way to tie history, social studies and technology together with current events. Check it out!

A world of wonder at JKES

Here’s a great story for a Friday afternoon from The Winchester Star. This summer program is boosting English skills of immigrant families. As one third grade student describes it, “You have snacks, you play games, you write and you read books.”  Sounds like a great time to me!  Thanks to Reading Rockets.