Bridging Home and School Literacy
Reading and Writing in Real Life
- What is the purpose of the text?
- Put an emphasis on things that people read and write outside of school.
Pre K: Tell students that it is snack time. Write name of the snacks that they would like on the board so the students can see the words written out. Explain that they would put these things on a list and go grocery shopping.
Elementary: Write letters to people in the school (principal, secretaries, nurse, custodian, etc.) Incorporate as many newspapers and magazines as you can. Ask students, "What do people read and write outside of school?" "Why do people read and write outside of school."
Social Context & Technology
Technology: Vander Zanden also encourages students to practice using technology in real life (email, blogging, etc.)
Getting Parents Involved