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Literacy Strategies for Elective Courses. On a scratch piece of paper, write an “A” for agree or “D” for disagree. I love to read and read often for entertainment I am a good reader I often have to read something more than once to understand what I’m reading - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Literacy Strategies for Elective Courses

Literacy Strategies for Elective CoursesOn a scratch piece of paper, write an A for agree or D for disagreeI love to read and read often for entertainmentI am a good readerI often have to read something more than once to understand what Im readingGood reading skills are important for everyday lifeId rather be on the beachExpectationsTurn cell phones to silent. Please keep texting to a minimum and step outside to answer phone callsWe will have a scheduled break, but feel free to take care of personal needs when neededPlease have an open mind. We MUST increase literacy, and we need your help to do thisAsk questions as they come aboutDiscussionsWe will have many table discussions

Please sit with teachers who teach a similar subject if possible Why are we talking about this? The STAAR test is a literacy based assessmentStudents across the board are reading below grade levelYOUR kids have to be successful, too.There are too many gaps for the reading to be left up to the English teachers. Well never fill them.59th grade ISIP results

Level 1, 2, 3Not prepared, Sufficiently prepared, Well prepared

Only 4% of Birdville students scored well preparedResources

Think backWhat were your assignments in middle school and high school?We read chapters and answered questionsalthough this was not necessarily best practice for retaining information, WE LEARNED HOW TO READ ACADEMIC TEXTSOur kids are missing this practice StrategiesAnticipation GuideDirect Reading and Thinking Activity (DRTA)GistJigsawMaking ConnectionsCornell NotesQuick Write

Anticipation GuideBuilds backgroundPeaks interestServes as a pre-assessment Focuses readingGets students to form opinions Anticipation GuideHow could you use this in your content area?

For example, you could ask questions aboutHealthDifferent types of artComputer use Direct Reading and Thinking ActivityPurposePrereadingMaking predictions (focus reading)Access prior knowledgeDirect Reading and Thinking ActivityProcedureProvide a brief summary of topicHave students access prior knowledge and discuss ideas/vocabularyMake connections Walk through text and identify features (illustrations, titles, subtitles)Students write predictions on post-it notesRead textRevisit predictions and adjust according to outcomes

Direct Reading and Thinking ActivityWhen can you use this? Discuss with your table.

Use this before readingNewspaper articleText bookOnline articleStory

GistPurposeSummarizing main pointsIdentifying key wordsGistProcedureExplain the meaning of gist (the main purpose or idea)Model with an article. Read a paragraph or article out loud. Gather 20 words that cover the who, what, where, when, why and how. Write a summary using the 20 words. DiscussStudents continue doing this in groups or individually as they read the textGistHow can you use this in your content area? Discuss at your table.

Examples:Biographies on famous athletes, artists, inventors, etcArticlesText booksDescriptors or pieces of art or styles of artTrade manuals

JigsawPurposeStudents work cooperatively Breaks apart a reading assignmentMakes students become experts on certain partsEngages studentsStudents held accountableTeaching is the best way to learn!!JigsawProcedureDivide class into home groupsProvide different color-coded reading to each member in groupStudents read assignment and organize notes into an outline or visual organizerRegroup students by color-coded readings. Expert groups discuss learning and collaborate on collective notes or assignmentStudents return to home group and share notes

JigsawHow can this be used in your content area? Discuss with your table group

Examples:Different types of exercises and their effectsDescriptors of different styles of artworkDescriptors of different types of computer systems and their purposeMaking ConnectionsPurposeBuild background knowledgeActivate prior knowledgeConnect to personal experience

This strategy leads students to realize that most written work reflects real life events and issues.Stratiques, 2010Making ConnectionsProcedureBuild background of a given topic (YouTube, pictures, ect)Ask students to share their examples:Personal experiencesOther textsReal world examplesUse post-its to label connection points in texts

Making ConnectionsHow can you use this strategy in your content area?Across the boardCornell notes/t-chartsWay to organize notesUsed by Avid students

Quick writesShare opinionSummary of content learned

I will have a template of Cornell notes with each of these strategies listed on the left and space for them to take notes on the right to model the Cornell notes.

Then we will do a quick write25Quick WriteYour child is an AMAZING athlete. He has size, ability and a drive to win, practice and improve his skills at any cost. However, he struggles with reading and writing and will have to retake the English 1 EOC test, not to mention that he almost failed English and World Geography every six weeks last year, which almost made him ineligible to play ball and caused a lot of stress.

He doesnt feel comfortable talking to his English teacher, but he loves his coach. How would you want the staff at your sons school to work with him? Write for 3 minutes without stopping. ClosureLiteracy affects every other aspect of educationWe are all on the same team with a common goal: to make students successful.We learned 7 strategies to increase literacy with our students, and we incorporated them into our classes.Email Us!Beth Anne



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