Literacy Unlocked

FWISD K-12 Literacy - October 2021

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Check out this AMAZING list of great reads!

Science of Teaching Reading Resources

3 Big Rocks

As we transition into the fall season we are continuing to…

  • Lean into the "3 Big Shifts" in literacy instruction and explore the how to effectively plan Tier 1 Core instruction utilizing district resources.
  • Examine the alignment of literacy best practices (content and pedagogy) to accelerate student learning.
  • Use MAP data to guide instructional decision-making and ensure equitable access for high levels of student achievement for ALL students.

The Current State of Reading

Curriculum Corner

FWISD Literacy Essentials Handbook

This reference guide was created to articulate and support district literacy expectations in grades K-12 by defining core instructional practices and identifying system supports designed to contribute to the success of every student.

This handbook has been made accessible to district employees via the FWISD curriculum app in ClassLink on the Literacy landing page.

Elementary (K-5)

Why Deeply Diving Into Content Could Be the Key to Reading Comprehension Research shows that reading skills and knowledge of the topic are both important to reading comprehension. Building knowledge is a gradual, cumulative process that is acquired over time. As educators we must understand if kids don't have the vocabulary and knowledge to read the passage more than likely they are not going to be able to find the main idea.

Middle School (6-8)

Teaching Vocabulary to Struggling Readers Struggling readers tend to benefit from explicit teaching and increased repetition—but the same patterns of success are to be expected from everyone. Word knowledge is multi-dimensional, social, and should be connected to other words and the lives of students. In this article, Dr. Shanahan explores effective ways to teach vocabulary at the middle school level, not just to struggling students, but to all readers.

High School (9-12)

How effective is "Reading Resource" in high school? Studies suggest that reading interventions with high school and college students simply don’t have much of an impact on their learning (Bohr, et al, 1994; Kemple, et al, 2008). However, using on-grade level texts to explicitly teach vocabulary, and oral reading fluency supports progress in their general classroom. Additionally, analyzing text structures, practicing summarization strategies, and discussing/writing for reading comprehension simultaneously builds reading skills, improves content learning, and increases academic confidence.

Why is Professional Learning Important?

Professional Learning

Effective professional development builds the knowledge, skills and qualities of teachers to improve the outcomes of their students. When teachers practice and apply new learning, their enhanced knowledge and skills improves their teaching which then enhances their students' outcomes. Participants should select courses that increase teacher efficacy and are directly-aligned to student achievement (and not solely on "flex credit" compliance).

All English Language Arts and Reading professional learning opportunities (in person, synchronous, hybrid, and asynchronous) for grades K-12 are located in STRIVE. Courses are continuously added throughout the school year, based on district literacy needs.
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