Creating Themes, Units & Lessons Targeting Literacy Skills

Creating Themes, Units & Lessons Targeting Literacy Skills
Coming up next: Evaluating Chapter & Picture Books for Literacy Instruction

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:01 Developing Literacy Curriculum
  • 0:49 Theme & Unit Goals
  • 1:47 Assessment Methods & Lessons
  • 3:10 Reaching All Learners
  • 3:56 Reflecting on the Unit
  • 4:31 Lesson Summary
Add to Add to Add to

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Speed
Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Rita Kerrigan

Rita has taught elementary and middle school and has a master's degree in reading education.

Literacy teachers are often unable to locate an existing curriculum for the skills they are teaching the students. In this lesson, learn how they thoughtfully develop their own themes, units, and lessons that target the desired literacy skills.

Developing Literacy Curriculum

Locating effective and appropriate literacy curriculum can be a very challenging task for a teacher. Many units of study are provided for teachers in textbooks or from education resources such as professional conferences and idea sharing with colleagues. Furthermore, the Internet is a great resource that is full of themes, units, and lessons that are readily available to teachers for free or purchase. However, teachers will often find that they are not able to find a unit or lesson that fits the educational targets they are trying to reach, and thus they must create their own curriculum materials. There are many steps involved in the process of creating themes, units, and lessons that target literacy skills, and when these steps are followed, the teacher will end up with a meaningful unit that is useful to every student in the classroom.

Theme and Unit Goals

The first step in creating a literacy unit is to select the theme. This selection may be based on holidays throughout the year, science and social studies content areas that are being studied in the classroom, or simply interesting, motivating topics that will captivate the students. It may also be centered around a genre or author and can include various books of that genre or written by the author of choice. The important thing to remember is that the theme should be age-appropriate and appeal to students of all genders and cultures.

After the teacher selects the theme, the goals of the unit should be developed:

  • What should the students learn from this unit of study?
  • How should their learning take place?
  • What skills should be taught while the students are exploring the theme?

These are some of the questions that the teacher should ask him or herself to create objectives for the unit. It is vital to determine these goals in the beginning of the unit because that will help the teacher stay directed while developing the remainder of the lessons and unit structure.

Assessment Methods and Lessons

After the theme is chosen and the goals are set, the teacher should determine what assessment methods will be used to evaluate how well the goals of the unit are met. The assessments should consist of a variety of evaluation procedures such as traditional tests, teacher observations, and projects. It is often helpful to give the students a pre-assessment before the unit begins to determine their background knowledge on the topic. Background knowledge is information that has been previously learned by the students through their life experiences and prior learning. The teacher can use the pre-assessment to determine what information the students already have, and can use this information to plan accordingly so they are being taught information that is new yet within their context of understanding.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create An Account
Support