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Which approach to teaching reading strategies do you agree with, and why?

Hello reading and writing teaching colleagues,

Here is an engaging Edweek blog by Larry Ferlazzo for reading and writing teachers of adults or children. All the writers appear to agree that teaching reading strategies is important, but they disagree about the best approach to teaching them. For adult basic skills (including ESOL/ESL) learners, which approach do you think is most effective and why?

Content Area Vocabulary Learning

Hello Colleagues, As we've noted from time to time here on LINCS, several of the ELA standards highlight the importance of vocabulary. I recently read a blog by Douglas and Nancy Frey, Content Area Vocabulary Learning. These authors suggest a set of questions to guide teachers' decisions about which vocabulary to teach. One of the questions is "Can students use context clues to determine the correct or intended meaning of the word without instruction?".

Scrolls in the classroom

Summer break is a great time to discover new ideas!


Scrolls open new avenues for reading research:

Deepening text understanding


Reading comprehension improves the more that readers work with the text. For example, we often ask readers to develop summary statements of paragraphs or topics that they've read. That "summarizing" activity is an example of working with text in a manner that's different from just "reading."

Reading habits and text presentation: paper and on-line


You may have seen the Washington Post article addressing changes in our reading habits. We might be approaching the reading task differently because for many of us our on-line reading has increased tremendously.

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