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

Dictogloss is an integrative strategy that was originally used for second-language learners. The purpose of Dictogloss is to improve students' knowledge of text structure and grammar within an authentic context (Van Patten, Inclezan, Salazar, & Farley, 2009). As research indicates, effective writing instruction focuses on grammar and text structure within context of use (Bromley, 2007). In this instructional strategy, students listen to a model of narrative text structure and deconstruct it collaboratively before it is recreated.

The collaborative nature of Dictogloss allows all learners, but especially second-language learners and striving readers, to examine an exemplary narrative passage and discover how the author created it. When students are explicitly instructed in the study of genres and their textual differences, ...

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