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Literacy Strategies Across Content Areas - Chapter Summary
Literacy is one of the most essential skills students are taught, as reading and writing are fundamental and form the basis for learning all subject areas. Explore the definition of content area literacy and evaluate the instructional strategies demonstrated in these lessons to identify ways you can apply these methods in your classroom.
In this chapter, you'll study how to base differentiated instruction on student readiness and review specific scaffolding strategies to help struggling readers. Additionally, you'll examine ways to use assessments to measure students' literacy levels. Other relevant and useful strategies highlighted in this chapter include:
- Teaching language arts
- Connecting vocabulary to context
- Reading comprehension techniques
- Using visualization
- Practicing reading and writing across content areas
As you study the usefulness and application of the strategies outlined in each lesson, ensure that you're fully grasping the material by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. Each quiz includes a printable worksheet to use as either offline study material or as a reference guide to help you identify important concepts. The convenience of this program allows you to complete lessons at your own pace with the ability to track your progress using the dashboard feature. You can also email the instructors at any time to ask questions about material covered.
1. Content Area Literacy: Definition & Instructional Practices
Learning to read in different content areas is a skill that serves students well. Content-area literacy does not necessarily come naturally, so this lesson gives you some ideas for helping students read well across the content areas.
2. Language Arts Teaching Strategies
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.
3. Teaching Vocabulary in Context
Learning vocabulary in context helps people make connections for better comprehension. We'll look at a variety of learning strategies that can help students understand and incorporate new words effectively. After the lesson, test your new knowledge with our quiz questions!
4. Literacy Strategies for Teachers
The best way for children to grow as readers is for them to constantly practice and engage in reading. Reading research tells us that thinking about what your brain is doing when reading, or being metacognitive, helps one to progress in regard to comprehension. Children need to know what and why they're reading. Implementing specific literacy strategies will help them accomplish this.
5. Strategies for Reading Comprehension
Have you been assigned to read something and you just couldn't understand what the author is trying to tell you? In this lesson, you will learn five strategies to help yourself understand what you are reading.
6. Reading Strategies Using Visualization
In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.
7. Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing Across Content Areas
Students are required to read and write in most subject areas. How can teachers support this? This lesson discusses strategies that promote writing and reading comprehension in all content areas.
8. Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction
Ever heard the phrase 'reading is the gateway to all learning'? Reading is one of the areas targeted by most states for assessment because it not only is a critical area in academics, but also an area where most students were not showing gains. This lesson will highlight strategies to help struggling readers develop skills to be successful in the classroom.
9. Determining Students' Literacy Levels Through Screening Assessments
Teachers use literacy assessments to determine specific student needs and focus instruction. This lesson describes the kinds of assessments used for important literacy skills.
10. Differentiating Instruction Based on Student Readiness
Though children learn and grow in predictable steps, they're all unique learners with very different needs. This lesson discusses how students differ in readiness, and how teachers can offer differentiated experiences based on student readiness.
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