Scaffolding Secondary Reading

October 25th, 2019 BCTESOL Conference

Sonja and Loa's Slides

Shift to Modern Thinking about Literacy


the ability to read and write


Ability to use language, numbers, images and technology to understand, communicate, gain knowledge, solve problems and assess complex contexts.

English is TOUGH!!

I love Lucy english Pronunciation

Fight, Flight or Freeze? Remember the Affective Filter!

Emerson - Mommy's Nose is Scary! (Original)

Strategies that Work!

Pre-During-Post Reading Activities

•Many reading activities that take place in classrooms occur AFTER a text is read and focus on assessing comprehension.

•Classroom reading should serve 2 purposes:

•Help readers understand the type of text they are reading

•Help readers develop good strategies for reading other texts

Planning for Reading (Wallace 1992)

1.What you will do before the reading.

2.What you and students will do together while the reading is going on.

3.What you will do after the book or text has been read.

During Reading



Harvesting Words



Big picture

SWBST Strategy

Figurative Language

•Have students write a story, character sketch, summary using thematic idioms

•Have students summarize a chapter (ie: biology) using idioms

•Have students communicate orally using only idioms


Concept Maps

Tech Tools to Support Reading

Microsoft Office Immersive Reader

A Short Overview of Immersive Reader in Microsoft Word

Using Read&Write for Google and Translating

Read&Write for Google Chrome™ - Translator




BHH (Book, Head, Heart)

Reading Summaries

Visual Representations


Scaffolding Literacy Instruction for ELLs

Scaffolding Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners