LITERACY ACROSS THE CONTENT • WHERE ARE WE?
CURRENT USE OF LITERACY STRATEGIES • What are some key literacy practices that support increased reading and writing achievement? • List current practices in your content • Share
District Literacy Initiatives • Writing across the curriculum • Increase time spent on writing/reading • Increase student achievement • “Reading is the key predictor of achievement in math and science...”Improving Classroom Literacy: Effective ClassroomandIntervention Practices - What Works Clearinghouse
Literacy Plan • Our vision: All K-8 teachers will understand the reading process, use a common language of literacy, use assessment to drive instruction, and implement a strong universal literacy curriculum
Reading In The Content Areas • Research article: “Making the Case for Adolescent Literacy Instruction” • What do content area teachers need to know? • What are the challenges in reading and writing across contents?
Reading Comprehension: constructing meaning from text • Comprehension Strategies: Skilled readers construct meaning before, during, and after reading using key strategies: background knowledge, questioning, visualizing, making inferences, predicting, and summarizing
Literacy Components • Text Structures: how is text organized? • Leveled Text: Why? How do I use these? • Matching the text to the reader • Reading Strategies: what works for deeper comprehension?
Leveled Texts - Look at resources • Jigsaw Activity: Strategies that work • Discuss any “ahas”? • Possible uses?
Writing In The Content Areas • Writing is thinking! There are three truths about teaching writing, one that’s widely known, one that isn’t, and one that will change your teaching forever:the ability to write is essential for students in every subject area writing is the most powerful and efficient tool that teachers have for helping students connect with content and deepen their understanding of it every teacher, including you, is ready to coach middle and secondary writers successfully right now. (Harvey Daniels) • Core Standards integrate writing into content areas:Composes informative/explanatory piece meeting grade level expectations • Data demonstrates weaknesses in short answer response and summarizing • NAEP examples - discuss quality
Current Use Of Writing • Model, Model, Model • Mentor Texts/Exemplars of Proficiency • Help students make connections among reading, writing, and content - writing to learn • Introduce students to the way your content specialist write: historians, scientists • Current use of writing?NAEP examples
Resources For Writing • R.A.F.T. • Workshop Approach • What Do You Think and Why? • Write Like the Pros • Summarize What You Learned • Quick Write
Your Turn • Discuss ways you can incorporate more reading strategies and writing opportunities in your content • Develop some strategies based on today’s discussion