Literacy Matters: Strategies Every Teacher Can Use
The versatile and practical handbook to promote students' literacy and learning!
Scores of children across the country do not read with comprehension, and literacy has become a national priority. In Literacy Matters, internationally recognized author, educational coach, and consultant Robin Fogarty defines and reviews 15 practical literacy approaches that teachers can use across all content areas and grade levels to help students develop essential literacy skills. This user-friendly resource provides strategies for immediate implementation with an overview of the research and best practices associated with each strategy.
With an easy-to-use menu that enables teachers to select the specific strategies they want to use to boost content-area literacy and comprehension, this valuable guide explores proven instructional methods such as
Teaching metacognitive student thinking; Creating literature circles; Involving parents and ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- About the Book
- The Acronym: Literacy Matters
- Chapter 1: Learn to Learn with Metacognitive Reflections
- Use Mediated Journals Before the Lesson
- Use Literacy Ranking During the Lesson
- Return to Mediated Journals After the Lesson
- Chapter 2: Interact with Seven Strategies to Comprehend (Phantom Skill)
- Schema Theory
- Ask Questions
- Important Themes
- Make Inferences
- Fix Up Strategies
- Chapter 3: Tap into Prior Knowledge to Support Schema Theory
- Use an Agree/Disagree Chart
- The KWL Chart
- People Search
- Chapter 4: Extend Reading to Encourage Flexible Reading
- The Human Graph—An Interactive Experience
- Use a Venn Diagram to Compare and Contrast
- Informational Text and Narrative Text
- Chapter 5: Research the Principles of the Brain and Learning
- Sensory Memory to Storage (Or Long-Term Memory)
- Chunking Information
- The Story of a Brain That Reads!
- Chapter 6: Analyze Words to Foster Fluency
- Decoding, Contextual Clues, and Structural Analysis
- Chapter 7: Collaborate with Cooperative Learning Groups to Engage Learners
- Establish Roles and Responsibilities
- Literature Circles
- Cooperative Tear Share
- Chapter 8: You-Are-a-Reader Attitude Matters
- Data and Feedback Loops
- Student Portfolios
- Performance Learning
- Chapter 9: Mediate with Early Intervention Strategies
- Reciprocal Teaching
- One-to-One Tutoring
- Examining Student Work
- Chapter 10: Appeal to Parents/Guardians and Get Them Involved
- Parent Involvement
- Read Aloud
- Chapter 11: Teach Vocabulary by Building Background Knowledge
- ABC Graffiti
- Word Collections
- Four-Fold Concept Development
- Chapter 12: Tune in to Technology to Impact Literacy
- Literacy Online
- Word/Numeracy Processing
- Graphic Arts
- Chapter 13: Enter Literacy with a Multiple Intelligences Approach
- Multiple Intelligences Profile
- Multiple Intelligences Grid
- Sustained Silent Reading
- Chapter 14: Read Aloud, Read Along, Read Appropriately to Foster Flexible Readers
- Read Aloud
- Read Along
- Read Appropriately
- Chapter 15: Strategize with Guided Reading Activities
- Directed Reading and Thinking Activity (DRTA)
- BET Strategy
- Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review (SQ3R)
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Literacy matters: Strategies every teacher can use / Robin Fogarty.—2nd ed.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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I want to acknowledge three people who have had significant impact on my thinking about the meaning of reading and about “literacy matters” in general: Dr. Christine Rauscher, Dr. Nelda Hobbs and Cynthia Nesselroade. They helped me immensely with their fellowship as caring educators.
I remember, as though it were yesterday, the question Dr. Rauscher asked me years ago in Palatine, Illinois, School District #15, where she serves as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She said, simply, “What is reading?” In the simplicity of this question lies its complexity. What is reading? My answer: Reading is a window to the world. Of course, there are lots of other more technical answers, but that's the answer that makes the act of reading so compelling and an urgent educational concern.
When I lamented to my friend, Dr. Hobbs, that I couldn't find a citation for the SQ3R strategy, she casually said, “It's Robinson.” How did she know that off the top of her head? She knew that because she knows reading. After thirty plus years with the Chicago Public Schools, she knows this: If kids can't read, they can't do anything else. And she dedicates her work, in retirement, to helping teachers help kids to read.
And finally, last, but not least, I want to thank Cynthia for her comradeship during my year of literacy coaching in her native state of West Virginia. Her expertise and our conversations served me well. I will be forever grateful.
Thanks to these three educators for their knowledge, expertise, and uncommon commitment to “literacy matters.”Chicago, IL
[Page x]Corwin Press gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following individuals:
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About the Author
[Page xii]To the science teacher, the math teacher, the social studies teacher, the art, music, P.E., and special needs teacher.
While not the reading teacher, Each is a teacher of literacy.—
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