Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.

Picture it
Picture it

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

Picture It is an instructional strategy that focuses on the acquisition of the alphabetic principle. The alphabetic principle is the concept that words are composed of letters, which represent sounds (Harris & Hodges, 1995). Striving readers and students with special needs often struggle with this concept. One method for instructing all learners is to facilitate the association of a letter with an image or symbol. Research indicates that multimodal, explicit instruction in letter-sound relationships engages learners in the application of their knowledge and skills (Adams, 2003).

The purpose of the Picture It activity is to provide developing and striving readers with multimodal instruction in letters and sounds. As students begin to associate a visual image with ...

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