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Ch 9: Foundations of Reading: Instructional Approaches

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Prepare for the WI Foundations of Reading exam by reviewing the instructional approaches presented in this study guide chapter. Each lesson details a specific instructional approach to provide you with the essential information you'll need for this part of the exam.

WI Foundations of Reading: Instructional Approaches - Chapter Summary

The most effective educators are equipped with useful instructional strategies that they use to successfully teach and encourage their students. Learn some practical instructional approaches for teaching the foundations of reading through the interactive video lessons in this chapter. This chapter provides instruction in:

  • Creating an organized and useful classroom library
  • Definition of peer-assisted learning and how to apply it to literacy learning
  • Activities to encourage independent reading and motivational techniques to get students to read
  • Utilizing an interactive reading model, phonics and technology for literacy development and instruction
  • Strategies for using scaffolding reading, transactional instruction, visual literacy, whole language approach and the Cloze procedure for reading instruction
  • Meeting the instructional needs of diverse learners
  • Encouraging parent involvement to promote student literacy

Because reading is a foundational aspect of learning, it is essential for educators to be well versed in these instructional approaches of teaching literacy. The video lessons in this chapter will help you develop an understanding of the purpose and need of each of these methods, as well as prepare you for this portion of the WI Foundations of Reading exam. Use the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to further develop and practice these skills.

WI Foundations of Reading: Instructional Approaches Chapter Objectives

The Wisconsin (WI) Foundations of Reading exam is used to determine an educator's level of knowledge in reading and writing development and instruction. Educators seeking a license to teach grades K-5, special education or become a reading teacher or specialist are required to take this specific test. There are 100 multiple-choice questions divided among three subject areas, along with two open-response assignments. The questions regarding literacy instructional approaches are found in the Reading Assessment and Instruction subarea, which accounts for 18% of the exam questions.

Thoroughly review the information covered in this study guide chapter and make sure to assess your material comprehension by taking the lessons quizzes and chapter exam to fully prepare for this part of the WI Foundations of Reading exam. You can view full video transcripts for hard-copy study material as well as access instructors at any time should any questions on the material arise.

15 Lessons in Chapter 9: Foundations of Reading: Instructional Approaches
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Setting Up a Classroom Library: Organization & Ideas

1. Setting Up a Classroom Library: Organization & Ideas

All classrooms have different needs, and having a classroom library can be a great way to reach all your students. Watch this video lesson to learn how to set up an effective classroom library.

Peer-Assisted Strategies for Learning Literacy

2. Peer-Assisted Strategies for Learning Literacy

In this lesson, you'll gain an understanding of the techniques known as peer-assisted learning strategies for literacy learning. We'll look at definitions, examples, and benefits of this approach.

Independent Reading: Definition & Activities

3. Independent Reading: Definition & Activities

Reading abilities range from student to student. But what really separates the students with high reading ability? This lesson describes how independent readers become high achieving students.

Using Technology for Literacy Development

4. Using Technology for Literacy Development

Technology is being used in almost every way imaginable to improve our lives.This has thankfully been the case in education, where technology has been used to improve literacy. Find out how this is so in this lesson.

Using an Interactive Reading Model for Instruction

5. Using an Interactive Reading Model for Instruction

In this lesson, you'll learn about bottom-up and top-down approaches to reading and their shortcomings. Then, you'll discover how an interactive reading model aims for the best of both worlds.

Using the Phonics Approach to Reading Instruction

6. Using the Phonics Approach to Reading Instruction

The phonics approach to reading focuses on the individual sounds made by letters. This lesson will explore the phonics approach to reading instruction and will end with a brief quiz to test what you have learned.

Strategies for Scaffolding Reading Instruction

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.

Strategies for Motivating Students to Read

8. Strategies for Motivating Students to Read

One of the biggest hurdles of reading instruction is helping students become motivated to read. This lesson will detail several strategies you can use in your classroom to help students become motivated, lifelong readers.

Applying the Cloze Procedure to Reading Passages

9. Applying the Cloze Procedure to Reading Passages

Many strategies exist to help children master reading, among them is the cloze method. This strategy of deleting words from within a passage is seemingly straightforward and simple. This lesson will explore how to best use this strategy in the classroom in order to enhance reading instruction.

Transactional Strategy Instruction

10. Transactional Strategy Instruction

Have you ever noticed all the different things that you do as you read? Whether it's visualizing what you're reading or making predictions about what's to come, using reading strategies is a key part of the transactional approach to reading instruction.

Literacy Strategies for Teachers

11. 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.

The Whole Language Approach to Reading

12. The Whole Language Approach to Reading

The whole language approach is a term we hear batted around in the educational field, but does anyone really know what it means? This lesson will define the whole language approach and look at the practice.

Teaching Visual Literacy

13. Teaching Visual Literacy

This lesson will cover the basics of visual literacy and why it is a necessary skill. Included are some recommended tools for teaching visual literacy in the classroom. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Teaching Reading & Writing to Diverse Learners

14. Teaching Reading & Writing to Diverse Learners

As teachers in today's society, we have to meet the needs of diverse learners. This lesson will help you understand strategies for teaching reading and writing to a wide range of students.

Promoting Parent Involvement in Student Literacy

15. Promoting Parent Involvement in Student Literacy

Parent involvement is important to help students become lifelong readers and writers. Still, there are challenges to promoting effective parent involvement. This lesson offers ideas for engaging parents in young children's literacy development.

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