Big ideas for teaching reading & writing

Big ideas for teaching reading & writing

Introduce the Reading Voice & the Thinking Voice with Kristina Smekens

Introduce Reading Voice & Thinking Voice
Make reading concrete and visible. Introduce students to the idea that they have two voices in their heads—a “Reading Voice” and a “Thinking Voice.”

Connect Writing Lessons to Concrete Triggers

Connect Writing Lessons to Concrete Triggers
Use physical objects to ramp up student engagement and help students remember the purpose and function of specific writing skills.

Develop Core Vocabulary for Each Academic Area

Develop Core Vocabulary for Each Academic Area
Identify the 30 most essential terms within each academic subject that are worth 14-40 exposures. These terms give students the best chance of academic success.
 

Identify the Best Answers in Multiple-Choice Assessments

Identify the Best Answers
Students often rush through multiple-choice tests. Provide explicit instruction on how to choose the best, rather than the first one that sounds correct.

Introducing the 6 Traits of Writing

Introducing the 6 Traits of Writing
Spend time in the early weeks of school describing what "good” writing includes. Then you can curb the number of times you hear Is this good? Am I done? from your students.

Math Reading Tips to Aid All Students

Math Reading Tips to Aid All Students
Technical and math texts often pose comprehension problems even for the best readers. To help your students tackle this difficult genre, model the following strategies.