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.

Entrance and Exit Slips
Entrance and exit slips

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

Entrance Slips are used prior to instruction when students are asked to write what they know about the topic, while Exit Slips are used on completion of the lesson and readings when students summarize what they have learned, areas they need to learn more about, or whether they thought the lesson was helpful in learning about the topic. The strategy is another excellent approach to help students engage in writing to learn. When teachers use Entrance Slips, students write what they know prior to the lesson, requiring them to tap their prior knowledge as they begin to think about the topic. Zwiers (2008) explains that such strategies help students prepare themselves ...

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