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Ch 19: Praxis Middle School ELA: Teaching Strategies

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Use this chapter to learn and review multiple strategies for teaching an array of students. Through describing activities and techniques to use while teaching English language arts, these lessons serve as a resource for your Praxis Middle School ELA exam preparations.

Praxis Middle School ELA: Teaching Strategies - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will be exposed to numerous methods for teaching students of different backgrounds and skill levels in preparation for the English language arts instruction portion of the Praxis Middle School ELA exam. In addition to explaining culturally relevant teaching, the significance of wait times in discussions, and how to approach teaching students with disabilities and delays, these lessons will detail strategies for teaching the following:

  • Language acquisition and second-language introduction
  • Vocabulary and reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary to ELL students
  • Group and class discussions (including a rubric)
  • Collaborative and cooperative learning

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14 Lessons in Chapter 19: Praxis Middle School ELA: Teaching Strategies
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Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

1. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

2. Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

Educators use many approaches for second-language instruction. The approaches vary based on the individual needs of the learner, focusing on his or her current language abilities, background, and cultural experiences. This lesson will differentiate between the different types of second-language instruction, including immersion, bilingual education, and multicultural education.

Culturally Relevant Teaching: Strategies & Definition

3. Culturally Relevant Teaching: Strategies & Definition

This lesson will define culturally relevant teaching and illustrate how this approach to instruction can boost student engagement, increase students' feeling of belonging within their school, and positively impact student achievement.

Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

4. Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

Vocabulary instruction is an essential component in language development. Using a variety of teaching strategies, including vocabulary journals, foldables, word walls, and games, helps teachers increase student engagement and vocabulary retention.

Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

5. Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

Learning how to decipher unfamiliar words is imperative in any language arts classroom. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for teaching vocabulary in reading passages.

Fun Ways to Teach Vocabulary Words

6. Fun Ways to Teach Vocabulary Words

Teaching vocabulary words to students doesn't have to be boring and repetitive. In this lesson, you will learn methods to energize your classroom during vocabulary instruction. Afterwards, test your new knowledge with our quiz!

What Is a Learning Disability in Children? - Definition, Types & Characteristics

7. What Is a Learning Disability in Children? - Definition, Types & Characteristics

In this lesson, you'll learn to define learning disabilities in general, as well as learn about specific characteristics of the various types of learning disabilities. Following completion of this lesson, you'll have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Cognitive & Social Functioning Delays: Adapting Instruction for Learners

8. Cognitive & Social Functioning Delays: Adapting Instruction for Learners

When growing up, keeping pace with your classmates can be difficult, but for some it's much harder than others. In this lesson we will explore cognitive and social developmental milestones in terms of the developmental delays that affect school-age children.

Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students

9. Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students

Using a translator or carrying a translating device is not realistic when learning English as a second language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to strategically teach vocabulary to English language learners.

Group Discussion: Questions, Topics and Activities

10. Group Discussion: Questions, Topics and Activities

Have you ever found it difficult to start a group discussion? Or once you've started one, have you ever found it hard to keep it interesting? This lesson provides some basic parameters for what makes a quality group discussion, examples of good questions that promote good conversation, and methods that help keep the discussion interesting.

Class Discussion: Activities & Ideas

11. Class Discussion: Activities & Ideas

In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of class discussions. We will also review several different types of class discussion activities that are appropriate for a variety of grade levels and subjects.

Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

12. Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

It's extremely common for teachers to require students to work in groups. However, certain types of groups and activities are preferred over others. In this lesson, we define cooperative learning and discuss its advantages in the classroom. We also define collaborative learning and explain how it is different than cooperative learning.

Class Discussion Rubric Ideas for Teachers

13. Class Discussion Rubric Ideas for Teachers

Class discussions are an important part of any classroom experience. This lesson will provide some ideas for creating a rubric to hold students accountable for their participation in discussions.

Using Wait Time in the Classroom

14. Using Wait Time in the Classroom

During class discussion, is the pause between the teacher's question and the student's response important? It is, and the pause between the student's response and the teacher's reaction is also important. In this lesson, we define and discuss both types of wait time and how they can be used to optimize students' learning.

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