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The purpose of this page is to provide strategies and activities to enhance the development of reading comprehension. As a participant in endless conferences, seminars, and university courses, I have always come away with lots of new ideas and generated some of my own. The need to internalize all of the information led me to develop extensive notes in handout format to share with others. I call it The Literarium: A Teacher's Bag of Tricks (a Compendium of Strategies and Activities to Enhance Literacy.) It's one of those "never ending stories." I'll always be a teacher researcher, looking for the better fix! Enjoy!

Now that I have retired from my job as a Language Arts Specialist, I have the time to go through things that I developed and used in the classroom as a regular education teacher. What a goldmine! I had forgotten that I worked on this as a personal literacy project while working on my masters degree. I'm really excited about finding the documents that support this page!  If you see something that is not underlined and would like to move it to the front of the line for completion, let me know by sending me an e-mail at carl1404@msn.com and I'll get to it right away.

Some of these files are apparently too large to open as Word documents so I'm in the process of converting them to pdf files, while still trying to add new stuff!! If you can't open something, e-mail me and I'll convert it immediately (same day). Some things are not linked yet, and so they are not underlined. They are here as a reminder to myself to finish them ASAP.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

The Literarium:
A Teacher's Bag of Tricks

Literacy: From A to Z

A is for acceleration of learning for all.
B is for books for the tall and the small.
C is for clusters, commercials and change.
D for designing a delightful exchange.
E is for evaluate and edit (sincere).
F is for fluent young readers to cheer.
G is for genre and group gallery walk.
H is for hot seat for questions and talk.
I is for interaction that never seems dull.
J is for jigsaws and journals so full.
K is for knowing how to read and to write.
L is for listening to others recite.
M is for marvelous mysteries and more.
N is for needing to think and explore.
O is for awesome oral productions.
P is for paragraphs, poems, predictions.
Q is for quietly reading each day.
R for responding to what others say.
S is for songs and stories and skits.
T is for themes.  Tea parties are hits!
U is for unconditional respect.
V is for videotaping the text.
W is for taking a “walk through the mind.”
X is for extending all you’ve designed.
Y is for yearning to spread literacy.
Z is for zooming toward proficiency.

 

     Effective Teachers and Effective Schools

 

 

 

  

ABC Brainstorm

 

Abra-Ca-Dabra
or Hocus Pocus

 

Anticipation
Reaction Guides

 

Anticipation Guide Sample: Arthur's Family Vacation

 

Authors' Circle


 

 

Carousel
Brainstorm

 

Chunking


 

 

Clustering
Brainstorm


 

 

Comic Capers

 

Comprehension
Questions

  

 

Conferences


 

 

Constructivist Teaching

  
 

 

Cooperative Learning


 

 

Daily Word

 

Daily Word
Graphic

 

Door Hanger

 

Double Entry Journal


 

 

Double Entry
Journal Variation


 

 

English Language
Learner Strategies

  

 

Expository Instruction

 

Five W's Chart

Use this chart for summarizing and retelling and/or for organizing thoughts before writing.

 

Flap Books
(for Guided Reading Extensions)

 

Flap Books

  


 

   
Please note that all of the flap book patterns and samples need to be saved to your computer and then opened. Not sure why, but that's the way it works! Maybe it's the original graphics. Sorry for the inconvenience!

 

T-Rex Flap Book Sample


Penguin Flap Book Pattern
Sports Biography Flap Book Patterns
Pilgrim Flap Book Patterns
Native American Flap Book Patterns
Uncle Sam Flap Book Pattern
Ladybug Flap Book Sample

 

Flip Books for Retelling

Reproduce and have available for younger readers. Retelling shouldn't become a lesson in folding and cutting!
 

 

Focus Poetry

 

Four Corners Debate

 

Gallery Walk

 

Grand Conversation


 

 

Graphic Organizer
for Content Area Text

  

 

Home Reading

 

Hot Seat


 

 

Illustrate and Associate

 

Illustrated Word List

 

Illustrated Word List 2

 

Independent Reading

  
 

 

Jekyll and Hyde

 

Jiffy Person

  

 

K-W-L

 

List-Group-Label

 

Listening Post

 

Literacy Centers

  

 

A Literate Classroom

 

Literature Circle Nametags
and Directions:
Super Summarizer

Word Wonder

Passage Picker

Discussion Director

Clever Connector

Awesome Artist

Travel Tracker

 

Modeling Margin Notes


 

 

Morning Message:
Go to
http://www.jmeacham.com/
message.htm#formats

 

Opened Ended Worksheets

(1 of 22)

 

Point of View
http://www.k12.de.us/townsend/
JoeyPigzaPoint-of-viewWebQuest.html

 

Plot Chart

 

Postcard #1


Postcard #2 (Geography)


 

 

Predict-a-Plot!

  

 

Predict and Support

 

Prompts to Support
Use of Strategies

   
 

 

Quadrarama: Link to good directions
http://jenn1297prkr.googlepages.com/
Triaramasand
QuadraramasDirections.doc

 

Quaker Reading


 

 

Read Aloud From A to Z

  

 

Readers Circle

 

Readers' Theatre: Links
http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/
pdfs/154917.pdf

 

Reading Goals Contract

 

Reciprocal Teaching:
Link to good directions
http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/
students/atrisk/at6lk38.htm

 

Retelling: Link
http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/
pdfs/136442.pdf

 

Selective Underlining
and Highlighting

 

Self-Monitoring

 

Sentence/Story Puzzles


 

 

Sentence Visualization


 

 

Shared Book


 

 

Shared Reading

 

Sorting Words

 

SQ3R


 

 

Stump Your Neighbor


 

 

Summarizing and Retelling
Summarizing Selection Menu
     

  

    

 

Supportive Reading

 

Tableau

 

Tea Party

 

Tea Party Notes for Hatchet

 

Think Aloud

To Tell the Truth


 

 

Tone

 

Two Word Strategy

 

Uninterrupted Sustained
Silent Reading

 

V.I.P. Post-It Walk


 

 

Vocabulary Planning Sheet

 

Wanted Poster/Hall of Fame/Missing Person

    
 

 

What's My Rule?
(for the Word Wall)

 

Whip


 

 

Whip Around
I Have, Who Has?

 

Word Map for Concept Development

 

Word Webs

 

Wordless Book Writing

 

 

 

  

 

 

Hit Counter

 

  

 

 

 

 

 


 

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