Fostering Thoughtful Literacy

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Language Arts
Reading Comprehension

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Fostering Thoughtful Literacy

Self-selected Texts: Provide students with an opportunity to choose what they want to read. This is motivational for students and provides them with a more authentic reading experience Discussion: Make sure discussion resembles conversation not a teacher Q&A. This encourages students to think deeply about what they read.

In order to increase reading achievement, we need to create instruction that allows students the opportunity to read often without interruption.However, this time spent reading needs to be guided by the teacher to foster growth and progress in reading. Reading instruction must be model in clear and concrete ways. In addition activities related to reading need to be meaningful and encourage deeper thinking. In order to make these changes, we are going to look at two different reading theories that will help shed some light on what successful reading instruction might look like.

Cueing System Theory: This theory is focused on understanding what goes on in the brain as we read (Goodman, 2004). As we read, our brain uses cues from the text to predict and understand what we read. When our brain misinterprets these clues, a miscue happens and we read a word incorrectly.Transactional Theory: This theory emphasizes the transaction between the reader and the text. It describes reading as an event that is unique to each reader and states that each reader takes on a stance when reading that refelcts the readers purpose. (Rosenblatt, 2004).

The Theories

Fostering Thoughtful Literacy

The Big Idea

Analyzing Miscues: Gives the teacher a window into the mind of the child, can be used to assess reading level and provide students with developmentally appropriate texts. Model Reading Strategies: Create mental models to help students understand strategies such as questioning and using context clues.

Cueing system Strategies

“Thoughtful literacy can be fostered, but the classrooms most successful in development such proficiencies look different form traditional classrooms.” (Allington, 2012, p.133)

Transactional Strategies

This video explains think alouds. Use think alouds when teacher comprhention strategies such as using context clues.

Although long, this video is an excellent example of what classroom discussion should look like

“Kids need to read a lot if they are to become good readers”. (Allington, 2012)


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