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.

Double-Entry Journals
Double-entry journals

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

The Double-Entry Journal strategy provides students with an opportunity to engage in written responses to the literature they have read. After students read a story, they write their responses in a journal. In the Double-Entry Journal, the page has two columns. In the first column, students write the text that that they will explore, and in the column next to it, they record their written responses. When students reflect on and respond to their readings, they put themselves in the story or text (Lindfors, 1995). Being placed in the context of a story, students process the text at deeper levels as they connect to the story in different ways.

Proficient readers know that responding to stories ...

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