Resources For Students


  • Take a look at the International Reading Association Journal Access Page.
  • Semantic maps (or graphic organizers) are maps or webs of words. The purpose of creating a map is to visually display the meaning-based connections between a word or phrase and a set of related words or concepts. Semantic maps help students, especially struggling students and those with disabilities, to identify, understand, and recall the meaning of words they read in the text.
    There are many technology tools that can help students create semantic maps (including thinking maps, mind maps, bubble maps, and concept maps). You might want to check out:

    In addition, many websites (including those listed below) provide information about different types of graphic organizers that you can use as a starting point as you customize your instruction to meet your students’ needs.

  • Reading apprenticeship
    Definition: Reading Apprenticeship is an approach for improving students’ comprehension by using specific strategies learned in the classroom as taught by the teacher to his or her student apprentices.
    Philosophy: The goal of the Reading Apprenticeship approach is to assist students in becoming more competent readers of both academic and recreational materials. Strategies are used by students for “Making Thinking Visible” by writing what they think while they are reading.
  • The purpose of the Learning Toolbox website (Writing and Advanced Thinking sections) is to help students with learning difficulties to become more effective learners so that they can meet the increasingly rigorous academic demands of today’s schools. The Learning Toolbox is designed for use by three groups:
    1. Secondary students with learning difficulties
    2. Teachers of middle and secondary level students
    3. Parents of students with learning difficulties
  • International Dyslexia Association list of assistive technology resources for children and adults with learning differences.
  • PsPrint hosts a number of ideas for graphic organizers, to help all children with organizing their thoughts visually.
  • KU Center for Research on Learning – Learning Strategies: An arsenal of learning strategies to be taught, practiced and used independently by students to help them understand information and solve problems.
  • Learning Skills Services – to support college level study skills, assignment completing and test taking.
  • SAT and test preparation resources
  • Study Skills
  • Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
  • Online or downloadable interactive graphic organizers
  • Strategies to use before, during and after reading
  • High-Five: Interacting with Informational Text, Grades 6 – 12