Literacy Strategies

TED 3690

Strategies used during Service Learning Experience

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Expanding Student Vocabulary

Expanding written vocabulary through specialized word lists, thesaurus, and dictionaries.

Students need to explore different terms.

By using these resources students will become more descriptive in their writing.

Students will use more interesting terms to catch the audience.

This was used online to find adjectives to describe the picture. If we did not know what the word meant we looked up the meaning of the word to make sure it was a good fit for the picture.

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Concept Map

I used the concept map to help keep track of the adjectives that described the photo. The main adjective was in the middle and then we built off of that. By the end we had 36 adjectives describing the one photo.

Literacy Strategies used in Physical Education

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Before introducing a new skill to the upper grades, I will have the students do some research on that skill or sport.

The purpose of this is that the students will collect and present information, then read it and take notes.

By doing this the students will have a better understanding of that activity.

Visual Literacy

Students need exposure to, and experiences with, visual displays of information in order to develop these abilities.

This will be used by projecting images and instructions on the wall for students to refer back to when needed.

A good example when this would be used when doing different fitness activities. There will be a picture and a description on how to complete the task.


This class has been beneficial because it introduced me to different strategies that will help both the students and myself succeed. These strategies have made me think of different ways to connect to all of the students. Using these different strategies will help my students understand the material better. It could be a simple visual tool, a handout with the description of the activity, a read a loud, or even having the students do research on the activity. Since every student learns a different way, these strategies are effective ways to make sure they understand the material better.


Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2012). Improving adolescent literacy: Content area strategies at work. Columbus, OH: Merrill/Printice-Hall.

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