Literate Environment Analysis Presentation By: Cassandra Hill
Today many teachers are asked to answer thesimple question: “What makes an effectiveliterate environment?”This presentation will be showing you all thecomponents that I believe make up an effectiveliterate environment that all types of learnersinside a classroom.I believe with getting to know yourlearners, selecting appropriate texts, and usingthe 3 perspectives of literacy:interactive, critical, and responsive any classroomcan be a perfect literate environment.
As a teacher, it so important to know what kind of literacy learners make-up the dynamic of students that you teach.To help create a literate environment friendly for every type of reader agreat research-based strategy that works is: Conversations with yourStudents. Having informal conversations with your students allow for youto get an understanding of their attitudes towards reading, what booksthey dislike/like, and this can help you to build lessons that are fun forevery individual student.In the video, “Literacy Autobiographies”, the educators in the video talkabout the experiences that shape a literate person make up their literacyautobiography. (Laureate Education Inc, 2008). With now doing researchon Conversations with Students; when you partake in this research-basedstrategy you are working with a children to create a positive experiencefor them to become a literate person; which in turn helps you to learnwhat type of literacy learners you have in your classroom.Reference: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2008). The beginning reader. Baltimore: LiteracyAutobiographies. Retrieved fromhttp://sylvan.live.ecollege.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=6489352&Survey=1&47=9844846&ClientNodeID=984650&coursenav=1&bhcp=1.
When selecting texts for a classroom, there are many components that ateacher needs to think about. A teacher needs to think about thegroup/selection of students who are going to be reading the text, the readingcapabilities of everyone in the group, and also the needs that students mayhave when it comes to their reading development.In the video, “Analyzing and Selecting Text”, Dr. Douglas Hartman explains theLiteracy Matrix as a tool that helps teachers choose books that fall into fourcategories: narrative, informational, linguistic, and semiotic. (LaureateEducation Inc, 2008).The research-based strategy of using the Literacy Matrix helps with selectingbooks that are appropriate for every child in the classroom because its makessure that all the text in the classroom and that are being taught are different.Children need a variety of text in their textual lineage and with using thematrix it helps build a strong, literate environment.Reference: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2008). The beginning reader. Baltimore:Analyzing and Selecting Text. Retrieved fromhttp://sylvan.live.ecollege.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=6489352&Survey=1&47=9844846&ClientNodeID=984650&coursenav=1&bhcp=1.
Using the interactive perspective is so important in creating a strong literateenvironment. The interactive perspective involves students in their readingexperience as well as in their learning of next texts.To help get students involved using the interactive perspective teachers mayuse:oPicture walks of booksoSmall lessons with students that have them interacting in some way withthe book.oWorksheets/ or homemade activities where students build on what theyhave learned through a text.Using the story, “Tonight on Titanic” by Mary Pope Osborne, from the MagicTree House Book Series, I was able to create an interactive perspectiveliteracy lesson that focused on keeping the students engaged with the story.Using examples of partner reading, shared reading, as well as individualreading, the students were engaged throughout the entire lesson; showingthe importance of the interactive perspective of a literate environment.Reference: Osborne, Pope, Mary. (1999). Magic Tree House Book Series. Tonight onTitanic.
Literacy Lesson:Critical and Response Perspectives
Using the critical and response perspectives, I was able to create a lesson that I feltwould fit in perfect with a effective, literate environment. Using the text, “Tonighton Titantic” by Mary Pope Osborne, this time instead of using the interactiveperspective, students had to use the critical perspective where they examined thetext more closely, then used the response perspective where they responded tothe text they were reading.In the video, “Critical Response”, Dr. Janice Almasi explains that children canexamine texts from multiple perspectives. (Laureate Education Inc, 2008). With thissaid, using both of the critical and response perspectives is crucial in creating aliterature environment that benefits advanced readers, averagereaders, benchmark readers, struggling readers, and lastly, transitional readers.For a student to be able to take a text they have read and to examine it thoroughlyis giving that child the gift of knowing the importance of the “message” behind atext. After a child has examined a text, it is important for them to respond to theirtexts. This response can be done in while group with thumbs up/thumbs down, itcan be done with think-pair-share and sharing with a partner, or it can be donewith responses in their journals that are collected by the teacher.Reference: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2008). The beginning reader. Baltimore: Criticalperspective. Retrieved fromhttp://sylvan.live.ecollege.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=6489352&Survey=1&47=9844846&ClientNodeID=984650&coursenav=1&bhcp=1.