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 community; Tapping into prior knowledge; Using technology to impact literacy acquisition
Put these strategies to use in your classroom, and watch as your students improve their reading and comprehension, and apply these tools for success across content areas and in their lives!
Chapter 11: Teach Vocabulary by Building Background Knowledge
Teach Vocabulary by Building Background Knowledge
The act of reading calls for several critical elements to interact simultaneously: word knowledge, fluency, comprehension, and writing (Cunningham & Hall, 1994; Shanahan, 1998). Students need to develop an extensive vocabulary to read with fluency. In turn, fluency in reading leads to increased comprehension. Fluency also comes from the written language of the reader since the student writes words he or she knows. Increased comprehension enhances the written language of the learner.
Students read what they write with fluency and comprehension because it is their story written in their own words—words they know and comprehend. These words comprise the key vocabulary, or the inner language, ...