A Metacognitive Double-Entry Journal
Students paraphrase the content of a text in their own words in the left-hand column and, in the right-hand column, students are metacognitive about their reading, detailing how they figured out what the passage may mean.
The Anticipation/Reaction Guide is used to assess students' knowledge before they begin a lesson.
Creating a Twenty-five Word Abstract
This activity was created by a science teacher who wanted his students to use summarizing to better access the classroom text. This activity can be applied in any content area.
Ideas for documenting student progress in reading and writing through systematic observation from the Tucson Unified School District.
Effective Practices for Developing Reading Comprehension.
Research on reading comprehension strategy instruction.
ELL Resource: Strategies for All Teachers in Working with ELLs
Website hosting modules of an instructional model created by the Language Advocacy Project at the University of Albany. The model was designed to help teacher trainers elicit discussions among teachers about issues in the education of LEP students. Each module includes background notes and transparencies. Topics include: Integrating the ESL Students into the General Classroom, NYS Regulations, Standards and ESL Students and ESL Students and Special Education.
ESL Teacher as a Cultural Broker
"Web page that deals with the role of the ESL/bilingual professionals as teachers of strategies which help their colleagues and other mainstream staff members understand the role that culture plays in the behavior and reactions of second language learners and their parents. The page contains links to downloadable activities that explore myths in second language acquisition and biases and stereotypes.
ESL Teacher's Role in Intercultural Communication
Short article that discusses the role of teachers of ELLs and the objectives of an effective staff development workshop. It also discusses the "hidden curriculum" (everything about the school that is not part of the academic curriculum) and how it affects ELLs. The Web page links to three handouts that were used in staff development workshops. See also a related article called "English Language Learners and the 'Hidden Curriculum'" (http://www.everythingesl.net/inservices/goal3.php)
This detailed information on graphic organizers is from North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL).
These graphic organizers were developed by Schools of California Online Resources for Education (S.C.O.R.E.)
Graphic Organizers in Secondary Schools
This non-comprehensive coverage of the use of graphic organizers in secondary education was assembled from various resources on the World Wide Web, bookstores, libraries, and other.
Index of Graphic Organizers
The graphic organizers displayed on this site were constructed using "Inspiration" graphic organizer software.
Lesson: Intoduction to Measurement Vocabulary
In this lesson, fifth grade teacher Melissa Burnell turns a typical textbook preview activity into a game, helping her students to assess and improve their understanding of measurement vocabulary through a word sort. Burnell developed this lesson during her participation in the 2007-2008 Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory, a program of The Education Alliance at Brown University.
Lesson: Introduction to the Mole
In this lesson, high school chemistry teacher Polly Rouhan uses the jigsaw discussion strategy and an adapted Frayer vocbaulary chart to help her students synthesize key ideas from four different readings about the mole. Rouhan developed this lesson during her participation in the 2007-2008 Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory, a program of The Education Alliance at Brown University.
Lesson: Short Story Comprehension and Vocabulary Building
In this two-period lesson, ninth grade English teacher Deborah Carr draws on annotation and vocabulary development strategies to help her students improve their comprehension and analysis of literary texts. The focus of the lesson is the setting in Arthur C. Clarke's short story "A Walk in the Dark," but it is easily adapted for other literary texts and focus areas. Carr developed this lesson during her participation in the 2007-2008 Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory, a program of The Education Alliance at Brown University.
Lesson: The Lorax and Human-Environmental Interaction
In this lesson, sixth grade social studies teacher Andrea Damato uses the Dr. Seuss children's story The Lorax to help her students deepen their understanding of cause and effect, focusing on the harmful consequences of some types of human interaction with the environment. Damato developed this lesson during her participation in the 2007-2008 Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory, a program of The Education Alliance at Brown University.
Literacy Strategies: Gradual Release of Responsbility Model for Strategy Instruction
This Web page from the Greece Central School District in Greece, NY, describes a research-based process for explicit strategy instruction. Links on the left provide detailed instructions on the use of specific strategies (Questioning, Predicting, Clarifying, etc.).
LitSite Alaska: HS Reading Strategies
Characteristics of best practices in reading and four reading comprehension strategies to use in the high school classroom are described by Kathie Steele, the reading coordinator for Chugiak High School in Eagle River District. LitSite Alaska is a project of the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Literary Consortium, funded in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Metacognition and Reading to Learn
This ERIC digest is a concise summary of the research on metacognition and reading to learn.
Muskingum College, Center for Advancement of Learning, Learning Strategies Database
A reading strategies database describing general and specific reading
comprehension strategies related to before, during, and after reading,
vocabulary, motivation, text structure, and more.
Reading Process Analysis
This site explains the how and why of the reading process.
Reading Quest.org Making Sense in Social Studies. Strategies for Reading Comprehension
This site contains a list of strategies for reading comprehension.
Reading Strategies: Scaffolding Students' Interactions with Text
This page on the Greece Central School District (Greece, NY) website lists and defines 22 different reading strategies, labeling each as a before, during, and/or after reading strategy.
This North Central Regional Educational Laboratory Web site page offers a summary of reciprocal teaching.
Secondary Content Teacher Reading Strategies
This site contains lesson plans secondary school teachers can use to teach reading strategies.
This is About. . .
Description of a strategy to help students organize the ideas present in a selection of text.
What is RubiStar?
RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch.
What Secondary Teachers Can Do to Teach Reading
This brief article by Vickie Jacobs describes how content-area teachers can use pre-reading, guided reading, and post-reading strategies to support their students' learning.