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Geography and Literacy. Learning outcomes:. To develop strategies for raising achievement in Geography through improved literacy skills. Learning outcomes:. To develop a department approach to developing literacy through Geography. Stumbling blocks.

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Geography and literacy

Geography and Literacy


Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes:

  • To develop strategies for raising achievement in Geography through improved literacy skills


Learning outcomes1

Learning outcomes:

  • To develop a department approach to developing literacy through Geography


Stumbling blocks

Stumbling blocks

  • What is it about literacy that gets in the way of your students making the progress they should? Is it:

  • Speaking and listening,

  • Reading,

  • Writing

  • Identify the blocks.


Is it speaking and listening

Is it Speaking and Listening?

  • Plan for and create opportunities for speaking and listening in lessons

  • Teach and develop the skills of speaking and listening


Some thoughts about developing speaking and listening

Some thoughts about developing speaking and listening

  • Make the talk meaningful – give it a purpose

  • Do something with the talk

  • P4C, Communities of Enquiry, Socratic talk

  • Speaking and listening exercises

  • Learning partners

  • Talking heads together


Is it reading

Is it reading?

  • What is it about reading that is the problem?

  • Plan for the development of reading skills


Some thoughts about reading

Some thoughts about reading

  • Continuous, Close, Skimming, Scanning,

  • Active reading

  • Reading for exam success


Is it writing

Is it writing

  • What types of writing do your students need to master?

  • Teach the skills of writing


Some thoughts about writing

Some thoughts about writing

  • Types of writing

  • Have something to write about

  • Organising your thoughts

  • Getting started


No matter what it is

No matter what it is …

To develop any literacy skill:

  • Teach it

  • Provide examples

  • Model it

  • Scaffold first attempts

  • Independent opportunities

    (Underpinned by AfL principles)


Afl principles

AfL principles

  • Include a literacy objective

  • Share literacy outcomes and success criteria

  • Reflect on the literacy during and at the end

  • Self and Peer assessment opportunities during and at the end

  • Feedback – written and oral – teacher/student, student/student


What next

What next?

  • Create a plan for developing literacy – it might look like your subject improvement plan

  • Select a number of actions, decide what to do, when, who, how, with what etc

  • Monitor and evaluate progress and be prepared to change and add as necessary


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