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March 2017 Literacy Lessons

You've Got Brains in Your Head and Shoes on Your Feet....

This month's Literacy Lessons are inspired by Read Across America Day which just so happens to be today, March 2nd, and Dr. Seuss's love and passion for teaching children to read, love reading, and most importantly love themselves for who they are no matter their struggles.


For so many of our students at the high school level, they have lost their passion for inquiry and investigation through reading and fail to realize the power and confidence they would have if they read more. Knowledge is Power, but let's be honest...much of what our content provides by way of reading is dry and cumbersome compared to the vibrant, engaging books by Dr. Seuss from our students' youth, but do they really have to be?


It's also no secret as secondary teachers, many of us were simply not trained in how to teach a student to read and it's not a one size fits all approach for every content area. To be a successful reader in Math takes a very different skill set than to read in English.


In this issue, I will share some of those specific reading strategies by content area with the hopes that you will utilize some of these strategies to continue to encourage your students and their love of reading and knowledge in the subjects you teach.

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Reading like a Historian

How fun would it be if we could time travel to our favorite moments in history and investigate Lincoln's assassination, what it really was like to travel over on the Mayflower, or build a pyramid in Egypt? Teaching your students to Read Like a Historian is like giving them the gift to time travel and draw their own conclusions. The resources below shine light on some specific reading strategies for history.
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Reading Like a Mathematician

"One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish..." If only teaching math was this simple. In all honesty, teaching students to read in math can be one of the more tricky content areas because so many of the words used in math carry a very different meaning than how they are used in every day language. The challenge Math teachers face is that if a student struggles to read and understand the every day meaning of a word, it's twice as difficult for them to then learn the mathematical meaning of that same word. The strategies below focus on ways to help students conquer vocabulary in math.

Reading Like a Scientist

Dr. Seuss taught students to investigate the world around them and pay attention to the weird and unusual...much like Scientist do, but reading in Science can be almost as challenging as all the tongue twisters in a Dr. Seuss book. The strategies below can assist your students with learning to tackle those tricky terms and really begin to Think Like a Scientist.

Reading like a Writer

If there is any group of teachers who can always think of a way to incorporate Dr. Seuss, it will be the English teachers. A large part of learning and loving to read in English is how the reader connects emotionally to the story, characters, and the overall message in the text. In the case of Dr. Seuss's books, the moral of the story. The resources below share some great ways to get students engaged in talking about what they have read.
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Coming in April's Edition of Literacy Lessons....

Let's talk about writing and tips for using more writing in your classes.

April Davala

Instructional Coach: Mooresville High School


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