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.

Scaffolding Academic Reading
Scaffolding academic reading

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

Elementary school students are naturally curious about their world and how objects work. This strategy builds on their sense of wonder to facilitate comprehension of informational text (Webster, 2009). In this information age, it is critically important that expository text gain prominence in the curriculum (Santoro, Chard, Howard, & Baker, 2008).

Scaffolding Academic Reading provides elementary school students with “text talk” for informational text (Beck & McKeown, 2001). As students dialogue on a topic, their conceptual knowledge is deepened and their vocabulary is expanded (Santoro et al., 2008). Comprehension is scaffolded as teachers guide students in connecting new ideas to prior knowledge, querying the author, and identifying the main idea.

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