25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area 25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another. Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Science content can often by full of jargon, research citations, and odd text features. Social Studies content can be an interesting mix of itemized information, and traditional paragraphs/imagery. Literature? This all makes reading strategies somewhat content area specific. But if you’d like to start with a basic set of strategies, you could do worse than the elegant graphic above from wiki-teacher.com. For related reading, see 50 of the best reading comprehension apps, different ways your school can promote literacy, or how reading in the 21st century is different. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. To the above list, we’d add:
6 Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “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—they’re 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. Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids—for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an assignment and/or making accommodations (for example, by choosing more accessible text and/or assigning an alternative project). Scaffolding and differentiation do have something in common, though. So let’s get to some scaffolding strategies you may or may not have tried yet. 1. 2. 3. All learners need time to process new ideas and information. 4. 5. 6.
Question-Answer Relationship (QAR) 1. Explain to students that there are four types of questions they will encounter. Define each type of question and give an example. Four types of questions are examined in the QAR: Right There Questions: Literal questions whose answers can be found in the text. Often the words used in the question are the same words found in the text. 2. 3. 4.
Reader Response Questions and Prompts for Fiction and Nonfiction Reader Response Prompts for Fictionreader response questions 1. Explain a character's problem and then offer your character advice on how to solve his/her problem. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Reader Response Prompts for Nonfictionreader response questions 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Return to Daily Teaching Tools from Reader Response Questions Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice Students use previewing skills in their everyday lives to decide what foods to eat, clothes to buy, and movies to watch. back to top The Elements of THIEVES: Students can use this handout to help them use the THIEVES strategy to preview a nonfiction text.
Teaching Divergent: Building Background Knowledge | Teengagement® Practitioner Network (TPN) My students’ reading list doesn’t yet include Divergent, and most aren’t motivated to read it on their own. Although some may see the film, if I want to teach the Teengagement® Divergent Unit in my classes I’ll have to build their background knowledge. In an effort to provide students experience with the five factions of Divergent, I created a “values spectrum.” Begin by discussing the factions and the words below them. Divergent Factions “Values Spectrum” To allow students to “see” the values and characteristics in action, I would suggest projecting the following clips from Wingclips.com. You might finish by asking students to decide if these five factions cover all of the values in our society. In case you were wondering, I’m not sure in which faction I’d belong. Surely not. What are you?
Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts In order to maximize the benefits of ELT for students, I looked for ways to fine tune my approach to teaching individualized learning in my English language arts classroom. One of the instructional models that informs my approach to teaching individualized learning is the Readers and Writers Workshop. This approach proved very helpful in optimizing ELT. Readers and Writers Workshop: An Instructional Model The workshop model for English instruction combined with an extended 60 minutes of ELT support for my struggling students provides an excellent springboard to plan and implement individualized instruction in my class. 1. This phase involves a teacher modeling a reading or writing strategy for the students to practice. 2. This is a student work time allocated for practicing the modeled strategy. 3. This phase allows the whole class to regroup and review the lesson objectives, share learning, and reflect on what worked or did not work. Reaching All Learners in the ELA Classroom 1. 2. 3. 4.
CommonLit 54 search results for travel Filters: Fiction 9th-10th A Lexile ® score is a measurement of text complexity based on individual words and sentence lengths. For more information see page 8 of this report. Story of An Hour This is a classic short story from the early feminist writer, Kate Chopin, in which a woman is overcome by the death of her oppressive husband. Kate Chopin Vogue December 6, 1894 The Metamorphosis Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up to discover he has turned into an insect in this famously bizarre short story. Franz Kafka Translated by David Wyllie 1915 Short Story 9th-10th The Ambitious Guest Based on a true event - the Wiley tragedy of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire - this story follows a young traveler with big dreams, who stops by a family cottage in a snowy mountain pass. To Build A Fire A man ignores warnings and slowly freezes to death in the wilderness. Short Story 11th-12th The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Fable 7th-8th The Bear and the Two Travelers Non-Fiction 7th-8th
Technology Up to Speed: Movie Shorts and Reading Strategies Hello friends! Monsters University, what a great movie. But, the short, "Blue Umbrella" really affected me. This first google doc link is to a list of animated shorts. The second google doc link is to a list of graphic organizers to use with each short. Shakespeare - Hamlet | LearnEnglish Teens | British Council Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, has come back from university to find that his father, the old king, is dead. His mother has married his father’s brother, Claudius, who is now king of Denmark. Hamlet is shocked that his mother has married so soon after his father’s death, and angry that she has married Claudius. Soon, a ghost is seen walking on the castle walls. Hamlet can’t believe that his mother would marry the man who murdered her husband. A group of travelling actors arrives in town. Hamlet’s plan works. This of course means that Hamlet has killed the father of his girlfriend Ophelia. At the end of the play, all of the royal household of Denmark are dead.