Tag Archives: Literacy

Word Walls

What are Word Walls? A word wall is an organized collection of words prominently displayed in a classroom. This display is used as an interactive tool for teaching reading and spelling to children. There are many different types of word … Continue reading

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Literature Circles

What are Literature Circles? “In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ response to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and … Continue reading

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Journal Writing

What is Journal Writing? Journal writing is a learning tool based on the ideas that students write to learn. Students use the journals to write about topics of personal interest, to note their observations, to imagine, to wonder and to … Continue reading

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Journal Writing Prompts

 If I were the teacher, I would… If I could give one piece of advice to any person in history, that advice would be… Describe a dream that you had recently. Provide as many details as possible. The best lesson … Continue reading

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Book Talks

What are Book Talks? During book talks, students discuss with classmates books they have read, heard or “discovered.” The shared selections may be ones read to them by a librarian, babysitter, parent, Elder, relative or older student, or they may … Continue reading

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Balanced Literacy

What is Balanced Literacy? Balanced Literacy incorporates all reading approaches realizing students need to use multiple strategies to become proficient readers. What is its purpose? It provides and cultivates the skills of reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening for all … Continue reading

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Author’s Chair

What is Author’s Chair? This strategy provides a way for readers to share with each other the excitement of a particular moment in relation to a book or to their own writing. Author’s Chair is the final step in the … Continue reading

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Anticipation Guide

What is Anticipation Guide? Anticipation guides, according to Frank Smith (1978) allow the reader to make predictions about text that will be read by eliminating possibilities that are unlikely. What is its purpose? Also called reaction or prediction guides, the … Continue reading

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