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.

Collaborative Language Charts
Collaborative language charts

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

Collaborative Language Charts provide a record of children's literature and their discussions of the books. The strategy was developed for the purpose of promoting students' discussions of children's literature and displaying their responses to selected books on the chart (Roser & Hoffman, 1995). Collaborative book talks are at the heart of the strategy, while the public display of students' participation in collaborative literacy through the use of language charts is “testimony to the importance of the sharing and study of literature in the classroom” (p. 83).

Collaborative Language Charts began with a structured approach to students' reading of books selected for a specific unit. As teachers began to use the strategy, modifications to the ...

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