Content Area Literacy

Best Practices

Strategies for Teachers

BEFORE READING:

Anticipation/reaction guide - Establishes a purpose for reading and finding evidence in the text


KWL - Draws students in with prior knowledge and gives them a purpose to read and follows up with discussing what was learned

More strategies

CAN BE USED BEFOR DURING OR AFTER

THEMATIC PAIRINGS - novels/short stories paired with movies can help students access difficult texts and can lead to deeper comprehension and lively classroom discussion.


AFTER

EXPERT JIGSAW - An expert jigsaw breaks up a large text into smaller chunks. It allows the students to take leadership by teaching their peers what they’ve learned, but first gives them the confidence to do so by giving them time to consult with other students that read the same section of a given text.

Your principal asks you to explain why you selected these strategies and why you believe they are effective.