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Beyond the Braille Code = = = Teaching Vocabulary and Comprehension Strategies to Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Anna M. Swenson Braille Literacy Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Interest Level: 4-6 Reading Level: 4.1.
Anna M. Swenson
Braille Literacy Consultant
Can we separate the braille code from the teaching of reading for young children who are learning braille?
WE ARE ALL TEACHERS OF READING
That night, there was a real bad thunder storm. But what woke me up wasn't the thunder and lightning. It was Winn-Dixie, whining and butting his head against my bedroom door. … He just kept beating his head against the door and whining and whimpering … he was shaking and trembling so hard that it scared me. … But the preacher was still confused. He just stood there, and Winn-Dixie came barreling right toward him like he was a bowling ball and the preacher was the only pin left standing …
The preacher lay on the ground rubbing his nose. Finally, he sat up. He said, "Opal, I believe Winn-Dixie has a pathological fear of thunderstorms."
whimper melancholy barrel butt exception
(Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002)
Jen will demonstrate comprehension of fiction passages or texts by responding in one or more of the following ways: retelling, answering questions, summarizing, making connections, predicting, or inferring.
Criterion: receives a rating of “3” or greater on a comprehension rubric for at least two books per quarter.
Documentation: Anecdotal Records; Rubric Chart
4: Independent understanding, including higher level thinking (90-100%)
3: Solid understanding, with some support required for higher level thinking (70-90%)
2: Emerging understanding, with support required for both literal and higher level thinking (50-70%)
1: Minimal understanding, even with support (less than 50%)
In the book called Winn-Dixie Opal didn’t have a mother because she drank to much alcohol such as beer and whine. She was really obsessed about drinking. Then she ran away. When Opal’s mother ran away the Preacher Opal’s dad was very melancholy. Opal also was feeling doleful when her mother left. Opal and the Preacher are hoping Opal’s mother will come back. The Preacher told Opal ten things about her mother. She wrote them down on a piece of paper that way she can think of her mother. I predict at the end of Winn-Dixie Opal’s mother will come back.
"I regard meaning as the 'given' in all reading—the source of anticipation, the guide to being on track, and the outcome and reward of the effort.“ (Marie Clay)