About This Chapter
Materials & Resources for Teaching Reading - Chapter Summary
For the most part, you can't use thin air to teach young learners, so this chapter helps you enhance your comprehension of how to use materials and resources for teaching reading. We design our lessons in a way that helps you retain the most information possible. For example, we keep our lessons short and focused on one major concept, making it easier for you to master this chapter one single topic at a time. Shorter lessons are also easier for people with busy schedules. After all, you may not have a whole hour block to study, but you probably have several 10-20 minute blocks available, and our shorter lessons fit perfectly into those smaller blocks. Once you have finished this chapter, you will be able to:
- Describe the best practices for leveling texts
- Identify ways to evaluate picture and chapter books for literacy instruction
- Outline the process for literacy instruction textbook selection
- Explain the pros and cons of using teacher-made materials
- Point out how to assess online and other technology resources
- Summarize how to evaluate primary sources
- Show strategies for selecting useful media sources
1. Leveling Texts: Pros & Cons, Implementation & Best Practices
Teachers commonly use leveled books to meet the needs of various learners in a literacy classroom. Leveled books are useful literacy tools, but can be disadvantageous when they are overused or utilized incorrectly.
2. Evaluating Chapter & Picture Books for Literacy Instruction
How can literacy teachers evaluate books for their students to read? How can they choose the best picture and chapter books for their classroom? In this lesson, we'll answer these questions by looking at how to evaluate books' content and presentation.
3. Selecting Textbooks for Literacy Instruction
The process of choosing textbooks for a classroom can be an intimidating one. Let's take the stress out of selecting textbooks! We'll examine the types of literacy textbooks and criteria for selecting the best textbook for literacy instruction.
4. Appraising Teacher-Made Materials for Literacy Instruction
What happens when a teacher can't find the materials they need in a store? This lesson examines teacher-made materials, including common types, advantages, and how to create the most effective teacher-created materials for the classroom.
5. Evaluating Technology & Online Resources for Literacy Instruction
As many teachers know, using technology in the classroom is full of benefits and challenges. In this lesson, we'll examine using technology and online resources in the literacy classroom, including how to evaluate technology for classroom use.
6. Reviewing Primary Sources for Literacy Instruction
Handling primary sources is an important skill for students to develop. But how can teachers choose which primary sources to use? Watch this video to learn more about primary sources, including their benefits and how to evaluate them.
7. Choosing Media Sources for Literacy Instruction
Media and literacy can go hand-in-hand, creating an engaging classroom of learning. But, how can teachers choose the best media for their classroom? In this lesson, we'll examine media use in the literacy classroom, including criteria for choosing instructional media.
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Other chapters within the Education 212: Approaches to Teaching Reading course
- Basic Tenets of Teaching Reading
- Teaching Phonics, Word Analysis & Fluency
- Methods of Teaching Reading
- Teaching Vocabulary to New Readers
- Enhancing Student Reading Comprehension
- Encouraging Students to Enjoy Reading
- Learning Styles & Reading Instruction
- Factors Impacting Reading Skills & Fluency
- Collaborative Approaches & Classroom Techniques for Reading Instruction
- Assessing Reading Skills & Comprehension