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.

Interactive Word Wall
Interactive word wall

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

The Interactive Word Wall strategy promotes a vocabulary-rich classroom environment where walls are alive with words. The key to implementing the word wall strategy is interactivity. The classroom walls are adorned with new and interesting words that the students learn through interacting with their texts, the teacher, and one another. They are encouraged to use the words posted on the word wall for their own reading and writing. To promote interaction and dialogue around the words, it is important to keep the words relevant; that is, “the posted words should be the focal point for thinking about and noticing how they are used” (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2008, p. 52). Researchers stressed the ...

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