One idea I want to share in this post comes from a presentation by Dr. Debra Pickering, it's called, Quick Read. It's quite simple really, have your students read a variety of topics with focused themes. Expand their vocabulary--improve schema. Dr. Pickering suggested the following website resources to help teachers incorporate more wide reading.
Totally Absurd.com (America’s Goofiest Patents)
They All Laughed (Invention)
Mistakes that Worked (Invention)
Snopes.com headlines (reading and reacting)
Don’t Know Much About series
Please share any topics or ideas you have.