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.

Data Charts
Data charts

Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy

The purpose for using Data Charts is to present a structured approach for collecting, organizing, and synthesizing information. Data Charts are graphic organizers that provide students with a method to organize information from varied sources of data around conceptual categories or essential questions. Similar to Inquiry Charts, or I-Charts, the Data Charts offer students a procedure for assembling information from several sources. Tompkins (2009) describes how the grid is used to gather information from a number of texts around four or more subtopics; whereas, in the I-Chart, the students use questions to guide their research and organize their information (Tierney & Readence, 2000).

The Data Charts benefit students in multiple ways. Students learn a strategy for ...

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