Strategies to Improve Literacy Skills Across the Curriculum K-12 Camden November 25, 2008 Cathy Masse
Welcome • Find a seat. • Make yourself comfortable. • Fill out the charts on the wall. • Touch each page of your handout.
Introductions • Name, grade level, hope to learn. • Look at agenda, make adjustments. • Working conditions.
The Paraprofessional’s Role • All staff need to work cooperatively • How do you feel about working with other staff members? • How do professional staff feel about working with support staff? • Communication starter.
Literacy and Sound Learning Strategies for Thoughtful Learning • Read Article (Doug Buehl) • Each person shares • Table comes up with one key leaning point • Tables share with group
Snow White One Two Table
Keys to Learning Phonics 26 letters in the alphabet but 44 sounds Paring of sound to letters Strategies to sound out and decode words Concentrate on specific sounds Ed Helper (create practice sheets) Good readers spell better if they know phonics
Keys to Learning Phonics Phonemic Awareness- Hear and manipulate sounds in words Slide show can be found on the web and you can actually see the presentation Slide show Video Presentation (click on video course)
L Phonetic Spelling Lexicon of Learning Terms (ASCD)
“Break” Meet back here at 10:15
Importance of Vocabulary Vocabulary is the key to accessing the meanings of words Expressive Vocabulary – speaker or writer must produce label or meaning Receptive Vocabulary – reader must associate meaning with a label
Importance of Vocabulary Stat Comparison Welfare/Working Class/ Professional Grades 3-12 students learn an average of 3000 vocabulary words a year
Lunch See you back here at 12:30
Making Meaning Out of Reading Comprehension – complex process that conveys meaning between a reader and text. Literacy Guide (readthewords.com) Prior Knowledge Good Decoders Practice Appropriate text Greece, NY Reading Strategies
Comprehension Activity • Watch video • Line up • Wrap line • Share Learning Chip
Prim Activity • Read through your assigned sheet • Share with a neighbor • Share with your table • Choose the three most useful strategies and share out
Cube Activity • Grab your stress reliever cube • Design an activity you could use with your students. • Share with table. • Share with folks with the same cube.
Exploring Free Resources • Sheet posted on the Maine Support Network site • Take a guided tour
Complete EvaluationsPrize Giveaway • Turn in Evaluation • Draw Winners • Whip to sum up the day
10 Best Vocabulary Tips • Practice – Read, Read, Read (Bookmarks) • Find how words are used • Practice – notecard word on one side, definition and sentence on other side • Think of some words you know to describe the word • Memory tricks (minister) • Use on line dictionaries to look things up • Play with words, (puzzlemaker) • SAT word of the day • On line games – Text Twist and Bookworm • Vocabulary Maps