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Literacy Rich Environments

  1. 1. By: Jocelyn Brooke Pruden Introduction to Literacy-Rich Environments: A literacy-rich environment is a setting that stimulates all students to participate in language and literacy activities in their daily lives thereby giving them the understandings of the utility and function of oral and written language (The Access Center, 2007).
  2. 2. LITERACY-RICH MATERIALS A literacy-rich environment has an abundance of high-quality literacy materials. Like in the photo, literacy-rich classrooms have materials such as a variety of books, dictionaries, labels, signs, e tc. These materials help students with reading, writing, speaking and listening because they provide the resources needed to educate students effectively.Retrieved from
  3. 3. HAVING AN ORGANIZED CLASSROOM A literacy-rich classroom has physical arrangement that encourages reading and writing. The physical arrangement of the classroom is crucial to developing literacy growth for children (The Access Center, 2007). This classroom has areas Retrieved from
  4. 4. Literacy RoutinesA literacy-rich classroom has daily literacy routines, including read- alouds, independent reading and writing, and sharing. This classroom area has a great space for read- alouds, independent reading, and sharing. Here a teacher could have writing mini- Retrieved from
  5. 5. Classroom Culture A literacy-rich classroom has culturally sensitive and integrated curriculum. This photo is a great representation of how to integrate culture. Bulletin boards are a great way of incorporating culture in the classroom. Students could find things to add on the bulletin board each week that represents a different culture. This provides an interesting way for students to experience art, culture and daily life of other cultures in a dynamic way. This classroom helps students to read, write, speak, and listen to other cultures. Photo retrieved from
  6. 6. ASSESSMENT IDEAS A literacy-rich classroom uses assessment to guide instruction. This photo primarily relates to writing. A teacher could examine the student’s writing to see what spelling stage the child is in, as well as find ways to guide further instruction for individual students. Photo retrieved from
  7. 7. THINK SMART A literacy-rich classroom uses a variety of instruction. Using a variety of instruction can relate to reading, writing, speaking, or listening. One way to vary instruction is to use technology, like the smart board in the photo. A teacher could vary instruction by using music, computers, I pads, CD players, visual aids, games, etc. This classroom seems to have many student projects and student work on the wall. This is a fun way to differentiate instruction. Photo retrieved from
  8. 8. GROUP WORK A literacy-rich classroom uses a variety of groups. You could vary groups in reading, writing, speaking, as well as listening. Like in the photo, a teacher could vary groups by small group, whole group, partner work, independent work, teacher/student work, etc. By varying groups, it helps students to reflect on their own opinions, as well as consider ideas from their peers. Photo retrieved from
  9. 9. C H AR AC TER ISTIC S OF LITER AC Y- R IC H C LASSR OOMS C ON C LU SION : Each of these characteristics are centered around the concept of reflective, motivated learners who use reading and writing to learn more about themselves and the world. Photo retrieved from
  10. 10. SOURCES  The Access Center, (2007). Literacy-Rich Environments. Retrieved November 10, 2012, from The Access Center website: