Reading Comprehension. Reading Rockets. Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students. What's the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? It would be saying to students something like, "Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday. " Yikes -- no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding -- just left blowing in the wind. Let's start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks and then providing a tool, or structure, with each chunk. When scaffolding reading, for example, you might preview the text and discuss key vocabulary, or chunk the text and read and discuss as you go.
Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids, then for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an assignment and/or making accommodations for a student (for example, choose more accessible text and/or assign an alternative project). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Trying Something New. Projects to Engage Middle School Readers. It's my fault.
I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle school students, whose enthusiasm I quashed, found another way to become passionate about literature. Peanuts raises some interesting questions about the value of reading projects. Does Lucy clearly articulate her understanding of Peter Rabbit? In middle school, we ask students to dissect texts and perform literary analysis. Demonstrate understanding of the plot elementsExplore the role of tone and themeIdentify significant scenes or events and their impact on the storyAnalyze a character and show an understanding of that character's motivationsExplain the relationship between the author's life and the story . . . does it have to be an essay or book report? Book Trailers In the spirit of movie trailers, book trailers allow students to create video advertisements to entice new readers.
Podcasts. Nurturing Literacy: Tips and Resources For Developing Lifelong Readers. The importance of early literacy cannot be understated.
Countless studies have shown that students who start reading earlier are better prepared for the academic road ahead. Not to mention, early readers are much more likely to become lifelong readers. Parents and teachers play an important role in lifelong literacy, but how exactly can they best help their kids cultivate a love for reading? Well, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, and I'm sure you all have strategies of your own. But we wanted to highlight a few resources from around the Web that can offer support in this challenging task. Early Literacy Teaching Guides: MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS, an early literacy advocacy nonprofit, offers a wealth of resources for educators. Really, there are many different useful tech resources. Edutopia's bloggers wrote some pretty inspiring posts about literacy and lifelong reading last year. See more see less. 12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers. I think I must have been born with a book in my hand!
My parents told me that from the moment I learned to read, I would read everything in sight, from cereal boxes to billboards. When I began reading books, there was no stopping me! I even begged them to name my baby brother after a book character. (Yes, Tim, that story is really true!) So when I became a teacher, I was amazed to discover that most kids don’t enjoy reading. Here are a dozen strategies that are often included in Reading Workshop, and none of them involve stickers, certificates, or pizza. You can motivate reluctant readers when you …. Read aloud to them. Read what they’re reading.I used to get a secret thrill when the Scholastic Book Clubs flyer arrived! Let them read other stuff. The Importance of Phonics Instruction for Beginning and Struggling Readers. For Beginning and Struggling Readers According to researchers, if three areas of reading were appropriately addressed, reading difficulties would be prevented.
These three areas include: knowledge of the alphabetic principle, fluency, and comprehension (Burns, et.al., 1998). The alphabetic principle, through further review by the National Reading Panel, has been elaborated to include phonemic awareness (the ability to manipulate sounds) and phonics (the knowledge of letter and sound correspondence). Phonemic awareness and phonics provide the necessary foundation for achieving fluency and comprehension; therefore, these foundational skills must be addressed.
The ultimate goal of reading is comprehension. The Role of Phonemic Awareness and Phonics in Reading Success Five Pillars of Effective Reading Instruction Myths About Phonics Instruction There are myriads of scientific research studies to support phonics instruction for beginning and struggling readers. Strategies for Teaching Phonics. Strategies for Activating Prior Knowledge. Free Teaching Resources - Graphic Organizers.