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.

Visualize it!
Visualize it!

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

Visualize It is an instructional strategy that facilitates comprehension of informational text through the use of imagery. Proficient readers create “movies in their heads” as they read to construct meaning (Keene & Zimmerman, 2007). In order to visualize while reading, students need to tap multiple sources of information such as collaboration with others (Kress & Van Leeuwen, 2001).

The primary purpose for implementing the Visualize It instructional strategy is to explicitly teach striving readers and English language learners how to use imagery to understand. Reading aloud to students from early childhood through adolescence is the perfect introduction to visualization of informational text (Romano, 2006). As students share the images they generated from the read-aloud, all readers ...

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