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Upcoming Dates of Note
- Summer Course Registration Opens April 17, 2019
- Dyslexia Course Summer 2019 Session (1 credit, Online): July 8-July 29
From the Reading Coach's Toolbox: Sticky Notes Bookmark
Close Reading is a specific type of classroom reading that requires students to do multiple readings of a short, complex text in order to develop deep understanding of what the text says, how it works, and what it means (Kurland, n.d.).
Sticky Note Bookmarks represent a form of annotation of informational text ideal for young readers and can be used during one of the Close Readings.
WHAT is the Sticky Notes Bookmark Strategy?
The Sticky Notes Bookmark strategy (adapted from McLaughlin & Allen, 2002) uses sticky notes for bookmarks as is a way for young students to become active readers of informational texts. The strategy focuses young students on making meaning from text by locating and writing about four specific things in the text they are reading.
WHY use Sticky Notes Bookmark?
WHO benefits from the Sticky Notes Bookmark Strategy?
HOW do I teach the Sticky Notes Bookmark Strategy?
1. Give each student four sticky notes. Explain that they will be reading to locate specific information from their text.
2. Demonstrate for students how to label each sticky note:
- Bookmark 1: Most interesting part of the book = "!"
- Bookmark 2: A vocabulary word the class needs to discuss = "V"
- Bookmark 3: Something the student found confusing "?"
- Bookmark 4: An illustration, map, chart, or graphic that helped the reader comprehend the text = "#"
4. Provide each student with a copy of an informational text excerpt if you are doing Close Reading, or a longer informational text if you are not.
5. Have students read or listen to you read the text, bookmarking the text as they go and writing notes on the sticky notes. If you are reading aloud, children can come up and bookmark the shared text.
6. After students have finished, have them pair together and share each of their bookmarks or discuss the bookmarks you created as a whole class.
Professional Development News
Norfolk City Public Schools Literacy Academies
Check out Norfolk City teachers participating in hands-on literacy tasks in the photos below!
Professional Learning Opportunities
Literacy Academy for Teachers of Struggling Readers
Noncredit: 30 hours for successful completion on your UVA transcript
If you are interested in learning more or arranging for an Academy in your district/school, contact Susan Thacker-Gwaltney at email@example.com.
Questions? Contact Susan Thacker-Gwaltney at firstname.lastname@example.org
EDIS 5235: Dyslexia and the Classroom (One-Credit, Web-Based Course)
This one-hour course is designed to acquaint classroom teachers with the current research on reading development and dyslexia, the occurrence of dyslexia in classrooms, and the teaching needed to support reading development in all readers including those who may exhibit the symptoms of dyslexia/reading disability. Students in this course will examine the causes and consequences of reading disabilities as well as explore effective interventions. Participants will complete the VDOE Dyslexia Awareness module as part of the course and earn thirty points toward recertification.
Participants will complete five online modules with instructor feedback and support and should expect to spend approximately six hours per module to complete readings, exercises and activities, and online discussion forums. The summer courses will take place over three weeks and students will complete one-two modules each week.
One participant wrote: “Based on our readings, it seems that there is no program that works for everyone. I guess the trick is identifying a student's weaknesses, providing systematic instruction, and ensuring that the student is making progress. One thing I've thought more about since taking this class is whether or not I am stepping back far enough with some of my remediation students.”
Dates: July 8-29, 2019
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Questions? Contact Ottilie Austin at email@example.com
Summer 2019 Course Offerings
Registration opens on April 15 (returning students) and the 17th (new students). All are three credits unless otherwise noted. Visit UVA's website to enroll HERE
- EDIS 7700 Foundations of Reading Instruction
- EDIS 7710 Reading in the Content Areas
- EDIS 7720 Word Study
- EDIS 7310 Children's Literature
- EDIS 5410 Young Adult Literature
- EDIS 5435 Writing Across the Curriculum
- EDIS 5235 (one credit) Dyslexia and the Classroom
- EDIS 5270 Teaching Reading & Writing to ELLs
Books We're Reading
For Professional Development
Gaining the skills to critically read a wide variety of informational texts is more important than ever for today's K-12 students. This carefully crafted book offers 40 standards-based instructional activities that teachers can immediately put to use in the classroom. Clear rationales and step-by-step instructions are provided for implementing each strategy, together with helpful classroom examples and suggested texts for different grade levels.
The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for young readers, as well as anyone navigating their current world, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.
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