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Educ 6706-Literate Environment Presentation by Rebecca Sultan


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  • 1. Rebecca Sultan Walden University EDUC 6706 Dr. Linda L. Holcomb
  • 2. WHAT IS LITERACY? • Literacy is reading and writing in any setting. • A literate student is able to read and write in a social setting and an educational setting. • New literacy is the ability to use digital and multimodal technologies to communicate and learn effectively (Tompkins, G. E. 2010).
  • 3. Literacy Readers: Getting to know students cultures, home environments, needs, i nterests, and socioeconomic Status Reading: Incorporate the three perspectives- Interactive, Critical, and Responsive Reading Instruction: Selecting texts Types of text Assessment Engaging Educator: Creates engaging activities, is caring, competent, prepared, works collaboratively.
  • 4. WHAT IS A LITERATE ENVIROMENT? • A literate environment is created by students, teachers, parents, and school administrators that work together to strengthen literacy skills. • An effective literate environment is rich with texts at many different levels and in different languages. This environment includes partner work, group work, and whole group instruction. • Critical thinking and engaging activities that have to do with the students interests are needed in a literate environment.
  • 5. HOW TO CREATE A LITERATE ENVIROMENT • Get to know your students • Choose engaging and challenging texts • Provide time to respond to content • Incorporate discovery learning • Discover students strengths and weaknesses • Incorporate questions to build critical thinking. • Use technology • Build Orthographic knowledge
  • 6. GETTING TO KNOW YOUR LEARNERS I used the following tools to learn more about my students: • Motivation to Read Profile • Fountas & Pinnell Reading test • Elementary Reading Attitude Survey I also completed a “Me Stew” activity with my small group. This is a great way for students to talk about themselves as a breaking the ice activity (Laureate Education Inc., 2010a). This information I gained from these assessments helped me learn about my students so that I was able to choose books that were interesting to them and challenged them as well.
  • 7. HOW TO SELECT TEXTS Teachers should use a system similar to the Literacy Matrix to select text. This tool is great to see if the text is either linguistic or semiotic. Also if it is a narrative or an informational text. Be sure that the text you use is suitable for your students abilities and their interest. Difficulty Considerations: • Readability • Length of Text • Text Structure • Size of Print • Visual Support
  • 8. LITERACY LESSON: INTERACTIVE PERSPECTIVE The interactive perspective has to do with students ability to read and write accurately, fluently, and with comprehension. Students should do all of the above while being strategic and metacognitive readers and writers. Meaningful activities make impressions in our students lives. Teachers need to make sure that they make each activity meaningful. Ways that I incorporate the interactive perspective: • Guided Reading • Interactive Read-alouds • KWL Charts • Word Sorts • Sequencing events by page • Story Retelling
  • 9. LITERACY LESSON: CRITICAL AND RESPONSIVE PERSPECTIVES Thinking critically is essential (Laureate Education Inc., 2010b). The critical perspective deals with judging, evaluating, and thinking critically about texts. The response perspective is reacting, reflecting, and responding to text in a variety of meaningful ways. Personal and emotional responses are important to show that they activity impacted your students (Laureate Education Inc., 2010) Ways to incorporate the critical and responsive perspectives: • Discussions • Analyzing Characters • Questioning the Author • Response Journals • Respond with a buddy
  • 10. REFERENECES Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010a). Getting to know your students. [Webcast]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010b). Critical Perspective. [Webcast]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Tompkins, G. E. (2010). Literacy for the 21st century: A balanced approach (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.pp4
  • 11. THANK YOU