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.

Word Mapping
Word mapping

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

The purpose of the Word Mapping strategy is to promote the students' deeper understanding of words through depicting varying relationships between and among words. Word maps are visual displays of word meanings organized to depict relationships with other words. Research reveals that to develop students' vocabularies, teachers need to promote in-depth word knowledge (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002). The Word Mapping strategy, or semantic mapping, is one of the most powerful approaches to teaching vocabulary because it engages students in thinking about word relationships (Graves, 2008). The strategy promotes students' active exploration of word relationships, thereby leading to a deeper understanding of word meanings by developing their conceptual knowledge related to words. The effectiveness of ...

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