March 2018 archive

Specific Word Instruction demonstrated by Dr. Anita Archer

Vocabulary is taught incidentally, intentionally and through the development of word consciousness.  Here is an example of intentional teaching from Dr. Anita Archer.  She has  focused the vocabulary for the reading selection to a few key concept words and demonstrates explicit teaching for vocabulary comprehension and use. 3. Vocabulary Instruction – Sixth Grade Language Arts …

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Guiding Students Through Expository Text with Text Feature Walks

By: Michelle J. Kelley, Nicki Clausen-Grace Published by     “The text feature walk guides students in the reading of text features in order to access prior knowledge, make connections, and set a purpose for reading expository text.”

Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development & Scaffolded Literacy

Although not updated since 2011, this site from Dr. Olenka S.E. Bilash at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, is an outstanding resource for  improving teaching and learning, and improving second language education. Scroll down to see an example of how the ZPD might relate to the development of reading.  Note the scaffolding/Gradual Release …

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