Content Area Literacy

Reading Strategies Best Practices

Experiments: Pre-reading Strategy

  • Writing improves through the use of a learning log
  • Prepares students for reading about the topic later by exposing them to vocabulary
  • Gain background knowledge during the experiment
  • Provides motivation


Developing Vocabulary: Pre-reading Strategy

  • Used to directly teach new vocabulary
  • Illustrate definitions through the use of pictures and realia
  • Teach how new words are related or interconnected
  • Examples are brainstorming or mind mapping
  • Used to anticipate misconceptions or areas where students will have difficulty


Learning Logs: During Reading Strategy

  • Helps students formulate questions
  • Involves metacognition
  • Can be used to measure student progress
  • Allows students to practice writing


Jigsaw Procedure: After Reading Strategy

  • Puts learning in the students' hands and gives them more responsibility
  • Builds social skills through cooperative groups
  • Involves peer tutoring
  • Provides access to comprehensible input
  • Helps students organize information from the reading


Rationale For Selecting Reading Strategies

  • Motivates students
  • Provides the purpose behind reading
  • Builds background knowledge
  • Increases vocabulary knowledge
  • Clears up misconceptions
  • Improves questioning skills
  • Assesses student understanding of the reading material