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    • Creating a Literate Classroom By: Nicole Storey
    • Literacy in the Classroom
      • The Framework for Literacy focused on three important perspectives for any literacy classroom (Walden, 2011):
      • Critical Perspective
      • Response Perspective
      • Interactive Perspective
    • Perspectives at a Glance
      • Critical Perspective: teaches the student how to think critically about a text and evaluate writing.
      • Response Perspective: looks at different ways children can respond to a text
      • Interactive Perspective: looks at strategies that help children to become part of the text through interaction
              • Walden University, 2011
      • By using the Framework for Literacy Instruction, I was able to take an in depth look at the way I was teaching to see where my strengths and weaknesses lie (Walden University, 2011).
      • Knowing this information helped me to be more aware of what I was teaching in order to ensure I was utilizing all three literacy perspectives.
    • Literacy Assessments
      • Throughout this course I worked with three different students: Kailyn, Jenna, and Bryn.
      • During the second week of the course, I focused on the importance of assessments: cognitive and affective.
    • Affective Assessments
      • In order to find out how Kailyn, Jenna, and Bryn felt about reading I administered the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey that Dennis J. Kear designed (McKenna & Kear, 1990).
      • This assessment allowed me to see how each student felt about reading for fun, as well as for learning.
    • Cognitive Assessments
      • Cognitive assessments are a very important of teaching literacy.
      • In order to get a baseline assessment, I administered fluency assessments to each student.
      • I used fluency passages from McGraw Hill (2001) and A-Z reading (2011).
      • If these students were in my classroom, I would continue to administer the fluency assessments on a weekly basis in order to keep up with the students changing needs (Laureate Education, 2010a).
    • Choosing Texts
      • Choosing the appropriate text to read to your students is a large part of Framework for Literacy Instruction (2011).
      • I took into consideration each students’ reading and writing level.
      • Knowing how the students felt about reading, I also knew that I needed to find a topic of interest.
      • In order to keep the students interest, I chose a topic of frogs in order to teach the required lessons.
      • Next, I used the Literacy Matrix to ensure that I was giving these students an appropriate literacy instruction in a balanced environment (Laureate Education, Inc., 2010b).
    • Choosing Texts
      • Literacy Matrix- is an easy way to choose a text that aligns with your goals (Laureate Education, Inc., 2010b).
      • The matrix has four categories that a text can fall on: narrative, informational, linguistic, semiotic (Laureate Education, Inc., 2010b).
      • The texts chosen this week would drive my instruction for the next two weeks and therefore I made sure that they varied on the literacy matrix, were relevant to the topic, as well as their developmental levels.
    • Word Knowledge and Comprehension Lesson
      • My goal was to create a lesson that would increase Kailyn, Jenna, and Bryn’s vocabulary and build their comprehension.
      • I created a lesson that utilized a plethora of strategies in order to accomplish this goal.
      • Starting with a KWL chart and a Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light activity, I was able to assess both what the students already knew about frogs, as well as what their interests were within the subject.
      • I also used a video on Discovery Education to ignite their curiosity and interest ( ).
      • Next, the students listened to an interactive read aloud on the topic, answering questions throughout to ensure comprehension.
      • Since the three students vary within their reading and writing development, Kailyn and Jenna were in a guided reading group, and Bryn completed the reading on her own with me.
    • Kailyn and Jenna
      • In order to increase their vocabulary, they completed a content vocabulary sort focusing on different species or frogs and their habitat (Tompkins, 2010).
      • In order to build Kailyn and Jenna’s comprehension they were asked to complete a triple Venn Diagram to compare and contrast three different species of frogs.
      • This task proved to be too difficult and next time should only use a regular Venn Diagram.
    • Bryn
      • To build vocabulary Bryn completed a vocabulary sort of the frogs life cycle.
      • In order to build her comprehension, she completed a sketch-to-stretch describing the frogs life cycle and how they survive in their habitat during each stage of life (Tompkins, 2010).
      • As an extension activity, all three girls went on a field trip to a pond where we were able to observe frogs in their natural habitat.
    • Critical and Response Lesson
      • The next step to ensuring I created a literate environment for Kailyn, Jenna, and Bryn involved planning a lesson that involved them having the opportunity to think critically about a text and then respond to it.
      • For this lesson, I kept the students together with the hopes that Kailyn and Jenna would be motivated by Bryn.
      • This task did not work out as well as I had hoped and Kailyn and Jenna wound up frustrated.
      • I began by assessing their cognitive and noncognitive skills using a KWL chart and a thumbs up thumbs down activity.
      • We reviewed their information from last week and began talking about the story “Frog and Toad” this week.
      • The students completed activities such as creating a bookmark in order to think critically about the text and respond accordingly.
      • The students also had discussions about the text, sat in the hot seat to become the characters and respond to questions from classmates, as well as Bryn completing a double journal entry.
      • I wanted to provide multiple opportunities for the students to experience the text and respond to it.
      • What I have learned is that utilizing the tools given, I can give each child the opportunity to learn in a literate environment.
    • Resources
      • Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010a). Reading inventories. [Webcast]. The beginning reader. Prek-3. Baltimore, MD: Author.
      • Laureate Education Inc. (2010b). Analyzing and selecting a text. [WebCast]. The Beginning Reader PreK- 3. Baltimore, MD: Author.
      • McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (2001). Kit and rex. Retrieved from . Retrieved on June 8, 2011.
      • McKenna, M. C., & Kear, D. J. (1990). Measuring attitude toward reading: A new tool for teachers. The reading teacher, 43 (9), 626-639.
      • Reading a-z. (2011). Your reading resource center. Retrieved from / . Retrieved on June 8, 2011. (Fluencypassages)
      • Tompkins, G. E. (2010). Literacy for the 21st century: A balanced approach (5th ed.). Boston:Allyn & Bacon
      • Walden University. (2011). Framework for literacy instruction. Retrieved August 3, 2011 from