Literacy Strategies for Success
Welcome to the Literacy Strategies page! These tried and tested teaching tips have made a difference and are continuously modified with each new group of students. Because they have worked for students from kindergarten through 6th grade, it is time to share them out! Sometimes the experience behind the strategy makes all the difference! So, test them out for yourself and modify as needed. Great teachers take an idea and make it an excellent strategy!
Teaching Off The Wall: One of the first building blocks for establishing strategies that work is to design a space to post every strategy explicitly taught. Every skill taught to unlock the Alphabetic Code should be displayed for quick retrieval. Students of all ages look for the “Easy Button” when they become stumped. When the strategy explicitly taught is then posted to a space such as a Literacy Wall, then it can be accessed and expected for use. Students move to the wall to access the strategy or for a quick recall to apply the strategy! In this way, you are using the room as instructional tools!
Anchor the Concept: Comprehension strategies, accuracy and fluency keys, and vocabulary building concepts need anchors created as part of the lesson. Using chart paper or construction paper, develop the concept using a memory hook icon and a clear example from the lesson. Post this anchor and students will have a reference point for filing the concept into memory and easy retrieval when needed. Location memory is also important to think about. Posting anchors for reading strategies together on the same wall makes a difference for students!
Portable Concept Boards: Students can easily transfer the strategy from the Literacy Wall to their own portable concept board by constructing with a file folder. Strategy boxes with headings can be made as a summarizer to a lesson for older students, or created for pasting for younger students. Anything from Latin and Greek base elements to vowel digraphs with icons for the sound trigger can be put into a portable concept board for easy retrieval and application. A bonus is the ability to take it home for showing and sharing!
Color-Coded Grammar Cards: Grammar can be manipulative and interactive! Students really engage when they can build a sentence and then identify the grammar parts in you target lesson. The Winston-Grammar program is amazing! Just take black cards and allow students to use them to represent each word in a sentence you share aloud. Once built, check the order of words by touching each word card and repeat back the sentence. Now for the grammar part! Color-coded cards can be labeled to represent each part of speech with helpful tips on the back. The grammar cards are placed on the word cards to show their placement and purpose in the sentence. Finally, you can write the sentence and diagram it to match the cards.