Best Practice in Reading & Writing

Zemelman Chapter 3 & 4

Reading and Writing

Chapter 3: Reading

  • Expose children to wide range of literature
  • Model reading processes and focus on comprehension
  • Reading as a process:
  1. strategies that activate prior knowledge
  2. make and test predictions
  3. plan for help during reading
  4. provide after-reading applications (discussion and collaborative activities)
  • Have students write before and after reading

Chapter 4: Writing

  • Three types of writing:
  1. Argument
  2. Informative
  3. Narratives
  • Good writers think hard about the purpose and audience for their writing
  • Teachers can focus on the work of actually leading students to learn and produce good writing, and to carry these skills into future academics
  • Teaching approaches:
  1. instruct to plan, revise, and edit
  2. prewriting activities
  3. brainstorming
  4. writing collaboratively
  5. read models for writing
  • Use gradual release of responsibility as guiding students through the writing process
  • Have mini conferences with students to monitor their writing