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Using Current Events to Reach All Learners

Tuesday November 1, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Current Events and Literacy

Presented by TIME for Kids editors Suzanne Zimbler and Melanie Kletter
Sponsored by TIME For Kids & TIME Edge


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Watch this special Webcast with TIME for Kids editors Suzanne Zimbler and Melanie Kletter!

Long gone are the days of the one-room schoolhouse. Most classes consist of students who are about the same age. And yet, today’s students come to school with a wide variety of interests, experiences, and abilities. When it comes to teaching and learning, there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

Using high-interest news topics as a starting point, it is possible to engage all students in rigorous learning that builds on their individual strengths. In this webcast, Suzanne Zimbler and Melanie Kletter discussed strategies and activities for engaging different types of learners in the analysis of informational text. Leveled texts and graphic organizers intended for students in grades 3–8 are provided in the Real World Literacy community.


Suzanne Zimbler Suzanne Zimbler has worked in education for 13 years, first as a teacher in New York City public schools and then as an editor at TIME For Kids. In 2015, Suzanne helped launch TIME Edge, a digital current events resource for middle school students. She holds a B.A. in English and linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in teaching from Bank Street College of Education.




melanie kletterMelanie Kletter joined TFK in 2013 after teaching for seven years at a public school in Brooklyn, New York. Melanie taught first and second grade where her classrooms included English Language Learners and students of many abilities. Now Melanie is the editor of the kindergarten and first grade edition of TFK. She loves creating engaging material that is accessible for emerging readers. Melanie also creates teacher’s guides, writes and edits for other editions of TFK, and writes and edits for timeforkids.com. She is very interested in early literacy, and in exploring the different ways in which kids learn to read and write.



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time for kids TIME For Kids is a weekly classroom news magazine that motivates kids to read. Issues cover a wide range of real-world topics kids love to learn about – and it’s the best nonfiction text you’ll find. Our Digital Editions are the perfect supplement to your TIME For Kids print subscription, and they deliver a host of exciting features to help bring TIME For Kids to life. A powerful teaching tool, TIME For Kids builds reading and writing skills and is easily integrated across your curriculum, including social studies, science and math.


EDGE-logo WHITE TIME Edge is a NEW digital literacy resource for grades 6 and up. TIME Edge is browser-based and available on all devices for easy implementation! TIME Edge features in-depth current events articles enhanced with interactive features to support close reading of nonfiction texts. Our original content is updated weekly throughout the school. PLUS! TIME Edge teachers receive access to 90 years of primary source documents from the TIME Vault to extend their lesson plans. Start your 60-day FREE trail!

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