Content Literacy

Identify 10-15 General Academic Words per Grade Level

Posted on September 19, 2017

If students do not accurately interpret the function of general academic words, they will miss points on standardized tests--not because they didn't understand the passage but because they didn't understand the question.

Follow 4-Step Predictions in Science

Posted on April 17, 2017

Curiosity is essential for science. Cultivating that curiosity creates an atmosphere of anticipation and expectation for reading. Predictions are a necessary and integral part of both learning and experimenting in science. When scientists developed the

Expect Students to Build Their Own Background Knowledge

Posted on December 13, 2016

There's a lot of information out there on the need to build students' background knowledge as a precursor for comprehension. However, at some point teachers have to teach students strategies for building their own background knowledge

Develop Core Vocabulary For Each Academic Area

Posted on October 23, 2016

Dr. Robert Marzano's research explains the concept of 4-14-40. The highest-achieving students can learn a new term with as few as 4 exposures to it. The average student needs to work with a word up to 14 times in order to master it.

Maintain Vocabulary Notebooks

Posted on October 05, 2016

Students should maintain their thinking about discipline-specific terms in an on-going resource--like a vocabulary notebook. Every time you work with a word, the students can jot this information into their vocabulary notebooks.

Engage All Students in Classroom Q&A's

Posted on September 12, 2016

Classroom discussions often follow a pattern – The teacher poses a question, and the same students raise their hands every time. What we want is all students responding. Try Instant Polling for total student engagement.

Apply Transformation to Complex Concepts

Posted on May 06, 2016

Technical courses require a different set of reading skills. A huge component of the reading students do in science, social studies, math, and other technical courses involves being able to read about a concept in both print and visual text. This is of

Add a Tech Twist to Marzano Six

Posted on April 12, 2016

Vocabulary provides background knowledge and connections to comprehension. Dr. Robert Marzano’s research stresses that direct vocabulary instruction follow a six-step process. Technology tools can provide opportunities for students to work with a

Find Lower-Level Texts for Upper-Level Readers

Posted on October 20, 2015

It can be a challenge to find engaging texts for older students who read below grade level. Consider these strategies for connecting older students with high-interest, low readability text.

Identify and Evaluate an Author's Ideas

Posted on September 22, 2015

Many students are under the impression when reading informational text that all the ideas and information presented must be true. Wrong! A lot of informational texts are based on an author’s ideas, beliefs, or opinions.