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.

Character Mapping
Character mapping

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

The characters in a story are the most important part of the narrative. As we read a book, we get to know the characters through their actions, intentions, emotions, relationships with other characters, how they solve story problems, and even their looks. Without characters, how will the problem be solved? The characters within a story have the power to teach values, entertain, create new world experiences, befriend, and help readers comprehend the story they are reading. “Authors bring characters to life in many ways: through metaphor, simile, and naming; through the actions they take and the thoughts they have; through what they say and what others say to and about them; through the reaction that ...

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