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  1. 1. The Right to Literacy in Secondary Schools Introduction and pages 63-123 Rochelle Montagne March 8, 2009
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>The authors of the book want to spark a social movement to ensure that our education system empowers every student to become fully literate. </li></ul><ul><li>The authors agree that literacy is a civil right: Beyond school, literacy gives students access to relevant knowledge and power to participate in a democracy. </li></ul><ul><li>Too many school systems suffer from the “fast food” syndrome. Students are fed junk things that are quick and easy, but lack nutritional value. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Chapter 5 <ul><li>Three central elements of Koesling’s mathematics instruction: </li></ul><ul><li>* teaching for understanding by solving complex word problems </li></ul><ul><li>* reading mathematical text </li></ul><ul><li>* assessing students understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy helps all students, including English language learners, “marry” skills, and understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Word problems provide the teacher with in-depth assessment of a student’s skill. This helps determine what additional instruction is needed. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Chapter 6 <ul><li>The chapter describes how to create the “fire” of powerful content-area instruction. Teachers can combine subject-specific knowledge and best practice literacy instruction to create powerful results for students. </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiry - based teaching engages students and fuels their conceptual understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Best-practice literacy instruction is crucial to help students engage in authentic scientific pursuit. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Chapter 7 <ul><li>This chapter describes how Munoz (a social studies teacher), teaches his academically at-risk students to value literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers’ beliefs about students impact everything: what, how, and why they teach. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers must design culturally relevant curriculum that engages their students. </li></ul><ul><li>Social studies teacher must teach students to value their voices and effectively argue their views. </li></ul><ul><li>Rigorous oral discussions help students develop their thinking and writing skills. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Chapter 8 <ul><li>Cochran describes why and how she has taught her eighth graders to analyze their high-stakes test data and design their own plans to master all the literacy standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Students have the right to access their own achievement data. </li></ul><ul><li>Students should be taught how to analyze data about themselves. This happens at the beginning of each school year. Students start analyzing class wide literacy achievement data and move to their own individual data. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers must develop relevant, engaging materials that allow for personalization as students work to achieve their own earning goals. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Is Literacy a Civil Right? How does it compare to my subject area? <ul><li>I agree that literacy is a civil right. Literacy is the only way people can be productive in a democratic society and globally. Literacy is critical to mobilize an effective society and create a competitive workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>Music is a kind of language with its own syntax and logic. It has its own grammar and symbols. </li></ul><ul><li>The development of music literacy and language literacy mutually reinforce each other. </li></ul><ul><li>When participating in music, students are constantly decoding and applying pervious knowledge to the performance. </li></ul><ul><li>There have been many studies that show the importance of the parent singing to the child in developing music aptitude is similar to the importance of parent reading in developing good readers. </li></ul><ul><li>In my classroom, we are always reading about the pieces we are performing, learning new vocabulary, and using correct terminology. This helps my students take ownership of what they are doing and gives them a deeper understanding of the subject. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do educators protect literacy rights? <ul><li>In order to protect literacy rights, teachers must come together as a team. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers must be 100% supportive of every subject area taught in the school and show their students they support their interests. </li></ul><ul><li>A realization needs to take place that students find relevance and importance in a variety of subject areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers should encourage their students to explore and make connections across content areas and create more cross curricular activities. </li></ul>