The following literacy strategies, which have been implemented by Davidson County Schools, are integrated into the Reeds Elementary School media curriculum, along with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
Silent journal conversations within a small group. Ends with reflective thought.
Add words and phrases to the alphabox about a topic. Use in retells and in writing.
Toss a ball of yarn to students in a circle to create a web. Each student states a fact, summarizes with a key word, or retells a sequence of events.
Students use comprehension and
decoding skills as they read a variety of texts. Examples: picture
clues, skip word, find a chunk, get mouth ready, reread, ask a
question, or make a connection.
Students create own test questions and answers related to the reading. Helps students understand the genre of testing and the nature of questions that are designed to measure understanding.
Read a selection. Jot two words from your reflective thinking and discuss why you chose these two words.
Cinderella + Stepmother = a stressed out cleaning lady
Fly + Web = Spider's Dinner
! Wow! Interesting
+ New Information
?? I don't understand.
I have questions.
Use codes written on slim sticky notes to mark places in text. Share text you coded with a partner and explain.
Focus on an important idea in a topic sentence, add details, and then restate main idea. The important thing about today was ____.
Pause frequently for partner talk. Mini-retells should occur frequently through the text.
Connect, extend, think…Have a reaction! What would you say if I told you______? (turn to partner and "say something") Ask why.
Visualize and draw. Pause frequently to sketch and extend thinking. Interpret and understand.
Select a small number of key words to jot on stickies. Use them to summarize. Answer questions.
Slim strips of stickies to mark VERY important ideas.
Use your hand to cover portions of text, retell then continue.