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.


Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

ReQuest is an instructional strategy that explicitly models how to construct questions while reading and how to process text (Manzo, Manzo, & Estes, 2004). During the strategy, teachers and students take turns querying one another and supporting their responses with evidence from the text. Research confirms that explicit modeling and guided practice in querying text improves comprehension (Duke & Pearson, 2002). However, teachers must ensure that students vary their types of questions so that they do not focus only on literal queries (Pressley & McDonald, 2006).

The purpose of the ReQuest strategy is to facilitate readers' engagement with text through questioning. As students attempt to answer the questions that are generated, the teacher acts as facilitator to guide ...

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