Guiding Students Through Expository Text with Text Feature Walks

By: Michelle J. Kelley, Nicki Clausen-Grace

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“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.

https://sites.educ.ualberta.ca/staff/olenka.bilash/Best%20of%20Bilash/vygotsky.html

Scroll down to see an example of how the ZPD might relate to the development of reading.  Note the scaffolding/Gradual Release of Responsibility labels running across the bottom of chart.

The Importance and Use of Student Self-Selected Literature to Reading Engagement in an Elementary Reading Curriculum

http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1155&context=reading_horizons

The Importance and Use of Student Self-Selected Literature to Reading Engagement in an Elementary Reading Curriculum

Denise Johnson and Anne Blair

Abstract

“The purpose of this article is to discuss the importance of student self-selecting literature and reading engagement in an elementary reading curriculum. The article discuses the use of self- selected reading in the context of child development, book difficulty, independent reading time accountability, and a supportive environment. The successful use of self-selected reading by the Children’s Choices Project is also discussed.”

Resources for Literature Circles and More!

 

 

Looking for a few good books to get your literature circles off the ground?  Click on the following links for some suggestions from teachers around the country:

http://www.litcircles.org/Books/books.html

Welcome to the Writer’s Workshop by Steve Peha.

For more information visit:  Teaching That Makes Sense, at http://www.ttms.org

Writer’s Workshop is a popular way of organizing a writing class for one simple reason: it works better than any other management system yet devised. And it works because it is based on the idea that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, on topics of their own choosing.”

Stages of Spelling Development | Education.com

Source: Stages of Spelling Development | Education.com

ASCD Express 13.05 – How to Introduce Group Work

Source: ASCD Express 13.05 – How to Introduce Group Work

Teaching Strategies For Analyzing Text: Complete Lesson

Source: Teaching Strategies For Analyzing Text: Complete Lesson

What Is Comprehensible Input? – Lessons – Tes Teach

Source: What Is Comprehensible Input? – Lessons – Tes Teach

7 Easy Ways to Support Student Writing in Any Content Area | Cult of Pedagogy

Source: 7 Easy Ways to Support Student Writing in Any Content Area | Cult of Pedagogy