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.

Multisensory Mapping
Multisensory mapping

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

Multisensory Mapping uses all modalities (auditory, visual, kinesthetic-tactile) to facilitate retention and processing of sounds. Research confirms that the most common barrier to acquisition of emergent reading skills is the inability to process phonologically (Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998). Multisensory techniques such as tracing, illustrating, and chanting of sounds enable young learners to process sounds in multiple ways.

As students play and manipulate sounds through the senses, they begin to grasp the alphabetic principle. Research indicates that emergent and striving readers experience rapid growth in performance when they receive intensive, explicit training in phonemic awareness (Torgesen & Bryant, 1993). Multisensory Mapping may be used as an intervention strategy for dyslexic or striving readers. It should be ...

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