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On a scratch piece of paper write an a for agree or d for disagree
On a scratch piece of paper, write an “A” for agree or “D” for disagree

  • I love to read and read often for entertainment

  • I am a good reader

  • I often have to read something more than once to understand what I’m reading

  • Good reading skills are important for everyday life

  • I’d rather be on the beach…

Expectations “D” for disagree

  • Turn cell phones to silent. Please keep texting to a minimum and step outside to answer phone calls

  • We will have a scheduled break, but feel free to take care of personal needs when needed

  • Please have an open mind. We MUST increase literacy, and we need your help to do this

  • Ask questions as they come about

Discussions “D” for disagree

  • We will have many table discussions

  • Please sit with teachers who teach a similar subject if possible

Why are we talking about this
Why are we talking about this? “D” for disagree

  • The STAAR test is a literacy based assessment

  • Students across the board are reading below grade level

  • YOUR kids have to be successful, too.

  • There are too many gaps for the reading to be left up to the English teachers. We’ll never fill them.

9 th grade isip results
9 “D” for disagreeth grade ISIP results

Level 1 2 3
Level 1, 2, 3 “D” for disagree

  • Not prepared, Sufficiently prepared, Well prepared

  • Only 4% of Birdville students scored “well prepared”

Resources “D” for disagree





Think back
Think back… “D” for disagree

  • What were your assignments in middle school and high school?

  • We read chapters and answered questions…although this was not necessarily best practice for retaining information, WE LEARNED HOW TO READ ACADEMIC TEXTS

  • Our kids are missing this practice

Strategies “D” for disagree

  • Anticipation Guide

  • Direct Reading and Thinking Activity (DRTA)

  • Gist

  • Jigsaw

  • Making Connections

  • Cornell Notes

  • Quick Write

Anticipation guide
Anticipation Guide “D” for disagree

  • Builds background

  • Peaks interest

  • Serves as a pre-assessment

  • Focuses reading

  • Gets students to form opinions

Anticipation guide1
Anticipation Guide “D” for disagree

  • How could you use this in your content area?

  • For example, you could ask questions about…

    • Health

    • Different types of art

    • Computer use

Direct reading and thinking activity
Direct Reading and Thinking Activity “D” for disagree

  • Purpose

    • Prereading

    • Making predictions (focus reading)

    • Access prior knowledge

Direct reading and thinking activity1
Direct Reading and Thinking Activity “D” for disagree

  • Procedure

    • Provide a brief summary of topic

    • Have students access prior knowledge and discuss ideas/vocabulary

    • Make connections

    • Walk through text and identify features (illustrations, titles, subtitles)

    • Students write predictions on post-it notes

    • Read text

    • Revisit predictions and adjust according to outcomes

Direct reading and thinking activity2
Direct Reading and Thinking Activity “D” for disagree

  • When can you use this? Discuss with your table.

  • Use this before reading…

    • Newspaper article

    • Text book

    • Online article

    • Story

Gist “D” for disagree

  • Purpose

    • Summarizing main points

    • Identifying key words

Gist “D” for disagree

  • Procedure

    • Explain the meaning of “gist” (the main purpose or idea)

    • Model with an article. Read a paragraph or article out loud. Gather 20 words that cover the who, what, where, when, why and how.

    • Write a summary using the 20 words. Discuss

    • Students continue doing this in groups or individually as they read the text

Gist “D” for disagree

  • How can you use this in your content area? Discuss at your table.

  • Examples:

    • Biographies on famous athletes, artists, inventors, etc

    • Articles

    • Text books

    • Descriptors or pieces of art or styles of art

    • Trade manuals

Jigsaw “D” for disagree

  • Purpose

    • Students work cooperatively

    • Breaks apart a reading assignment

    • Makes students become experts on certain parts

    • Engages students

    • Students held accountable

    • Teaching is the best way to learn!!

Jigsaw “D” for disagree

  • Procedure

    • Divide class into home groups

    • Provide different color-coded reading to each member in group

    • Students read assignment and organize notes into an outline or visual organizer

    • Regroup students by color-coded readings. Expert groups discuss learning and collaborate on collective notes or assignment

    • Students return to home group and share notes

Jigsaw “D” for disagree

  • How can this be used in your content area? Discuss with your table group

  • Examples:

    • Different types of exercises and their effects

    • Descriptors of different styles of artwork

    • Descriptors of different types of computer systems and their purpose

Making connections
Making Connections “D” for disagree

  • Purpose

    • Build background knowledge

    • Activate prior knowledge

    • Connect to personal experience

    • “This strategy leads students to realize that most written work reflects real life events and issues.”

      Stratiques, 2010

Making connections1
Making Connections “D” for disagree

  • Procedure

    • Build background of a given topic (YouTube, pictures, ect)

    • Ask students to share their examples:

      • Personal experiences

      • Other texts

      • Real world examples

    • Use post-its to label connection points in texts

Making connections2
Making Connections “D” for disagree

  • How can you use this strategy in your content area?

Across the board
Across the board… “D” for disagree

  • Cornell notes/t-charts

    • Way to organize notes

    • Used by Avid students

  • Quick writes

    • Share opinion

    • Summary of content learned

Quick write
Quick Write “D” for disagree

  • Your child is an AMAZING athlete. He has size, ability and a drive to win, practice and improve his skills at any cost. However, he struggles with reading and writing and will have to retake the English 1 EOC test, not to mention that he almost failed English and World Geography every six weeks last year, which almost made him ineligible to play ball and caused a lot of stress.

  • He doesn’t feel comfortable talking to his English teacher, but he loves his coach. How would you want the staff at your son’s school to work with him?

  • Write for 3 minutes without stopping.

Closure “D” for disagree

  • Literacy affects every other aspect of education

  • We are all on the same team with a common goal: to make students successful.

  • We learned 7 strategies to increase literacy with our students, and we incorporated them into our classes.

Email us
Email Us! “D” for disagree