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.
Strategy 29: Connect it
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Connect It focuses on students' prior knowledge on a topic and enables them to make connections while they read. Recent research indicates that when we direct students' attention to informational content and help them make connections while they read, integration of concepts and processing of text is improved (McKeown, Beck, & Blake, 2009b).
The primary purpose for implementing the Connect It activity is to facilitate readers' ability to integrate their prior knowledge with new concepts gained from informational text (McKeown, Beck, & Blake, 2009a). As students share their prior knowledge on a topic and collaborate on making connections, they are scaffolding one another's comprehension of informational text.