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MTLE Life Science: Teaching Reading Skills - Chapter Summary
These lessons have been put together to help you improve your knowledge of some of the processes and strategies used to develop reading skills, which are crucial to one's ability to interpret and analyze scientific reports. Topics covered here include reading comprehension and how to teach it, strategies for reading comprehension, pedagogical content knowledge and metacognitive strategies. Use these lessons to prepare for questions on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) Life Science exam and ensure you're ready to do the following:
- Explain strategies for scaffolding reading instruction
- Point out the programs, activities and strategies used in reading intervention
- Use reference materials for vocabulary
- Detail helpful literacy strategies for teachers
- Show how to develop science reading skills in students
- Outline differentiated instruction in reading
- Discuss study skills and word parts in regards to science vocabulary and concepts
- Define content area literacy
Take advantage of the portability of these lessons and watch them on your Internet-ready mobile devices when it's convenient for you. After watching the videos, try reading the transcripts. These written overviews of the lessons can help you reinforce your retention of the material and study key vocabulary. If you develop a question regarding the information presented in these lessons, you can ask our instructors for assistance.
1. What is Reading Comprehension?
When you are reading, it isn't enough to just process the words. You need to understand what you are reading, too. In this lesson, you'll learn about the steps involved in reading comprehension.
2. How to Teach Reading Comprehension
Teaching reading comprehension requires instilling in the learner the use of several strategies and skills. This lesson will focus on cognitive skills and notation strategies that will enhance reading comprehension.
3. 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.
4. Developing Science Reading Skills
Strategies to improve reading skills must be incorporated into the science classroom. This lesson will examine the role of student ability, vocabulary comprehension, and the presentation of material.
5. Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, we'll define pedagogical content knowledge and its positive impact on students. We will also describe its specific features, like teaching with clear illustrations and being aware of student conceptions of the subject.
6. Metacognitive Strategies: Definition & Examples
This lesson will define and explain in detail what metacognitive strategies are and how they can be used in the classroom to help deepen students' thinking about content and develop students who are ready and willing to tackle new content.
7. 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.
8. Differentiated Instruction in Reading
Differentiated instruction is a common term in the educational world. This lesson describes three different ways a reading teacher can differentiate instruction so that all students can be successful.
9. Reading Intervention: Programs, Strategies and Activities
This lesson highlights programs, strategies and activities that can be used for students with reading difficulties. A short quiz follows to test your knowledge on these reading intervention techniques.
10. Science Vocabulary & Concepts: Study Skills & Word Parts
Learning science presents a unique set of challenges for students. In this lesson, learn the tricks of the trade as we discuss scientific vocabulary and other science study skills.
11. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.
12. 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.
13. 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.
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- MTLE Life Science: Using Mathematics & Computers
- MTLE Life Science: Using Statistics
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- MTLE Life Science: Adapting to the Environment
- MTLE Life Science: Genetic Variance & Phenotypic Influences
- MTLE Life Science: Evolutionary Relationship Between Species
- MTLE Life Science: Organisms & Their Environment
- MTLE Life Science: Population & Species Diversity
- MTLE Life Science: Matter & the Flow of Energy
- MTLE Life Science: Behavior of Organisms
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