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.


Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

The Read-Arounds strategy provides students with an opportunity to share with their peers a selection from a book they especially enjoyed. Students read a featured book and identify a passage that they wish to share with others. They prepare to read their selection to their peers through rereadings and assistance from their teacher and peers.

Consider how learning to read fluently occurs within the context of Read-Arounds. According to the constructivist theory, learning is a social activity (Vygotsky, 1962, 1978). Through the joint participation of the student and an expert (the teacher or another skilled student), the reader is assisted in learning an important cultural activity, reading. Rogoff (1990) explains that learning takes place by entering an apprenticeship ...

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