Language Arts Teaching Strategies

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  • 0:04 Language Arts Teaching…
  • 0:27 Differentiating & Predicting
  • 1:20 Reciprocal Teaching
  • 1:49 Questioning & Clarifying
  • 2:46 Summarizing
  • 3:16 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Marquis Grant
Benjamin Franklin stated: ''Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.'' This remains as true today as it was centuries ago. This lesson highlights strategies that put Ben's words to practice in the language arts class.

Language Arts Teaching Strategies

Reaching all students is the most important part of teaching, especially in a major content area like language arts. When students need extra help, teachers should be able to teach in a different way that will help students achieve success. Using instructional strategies will increase the likelihood that students will acquire the knowledge they need to be successful in the classroom.

Differentiating & Predicting

If all learners are to benefit from instruction, teachers must differentiate it. When instruction is differentiated, it is offered in a variety of ways (i.e., whole group, small group, one-on-one) using a variety of resources (for example, computers, textbooks, and worksheets) that will engage students and support their comprehension development.

Predicting is a strategy that's used during the reading of a text. When students make predictions, they guess what will happen next in the story. For example, in the story of The Three Little Pigs, the wolf visits each of the pigs in an attempt to get into their homes. After the wolf visits the first pig's home and blows the house down, the teacher may ask students ''What do you think will happen next when the wolf visits the next pig's home?'' The teacher is asking the students to make a prediction. As the students continue to read, they will find out whether their prediction was correct.

Reciprocal Teaching

The basis of reciprocal teaching is that students will assume the role of the teacher when presenting a concept or lesson to their peers in the classroom. The student is responsible for gathering all significant information and materials needed to become a facilitator of learning. Case in point, if the class is embarking on a poetry unit, the teacher may assign different types of poetry to students for which they would create a lesson. The students would eventually present the lesson to the class using various resources and methods.

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