The purpose of this paper is to define what effective literacy practices are, provide an example of effective literacy practices at work and how these practices can be implemented within my current classroom. Additionally, I will provide resources that both my colleagues and parents may find instrumental in the success of their students if implemented and used with fidelity.
Effective Literacy Practices
Merriam-Webster defines literacy as: the ability to read and write. This definition of the word like many other entities have evolved over time. Now literacy goes beyond just the “ability to read and write”. Being literate in today’s world now encompasses …show more content…
Rupley, provides a framework of instructional strategies that includes providing explicit instruction, modeling reading strategies for students as well as, and guided practice. Additionally, Rupley address the need to integrate instruction to include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension exercises. Part of the direct, explicit framework requires the teacher to implement the following consistently: Review and check previous work. Present new material. Provide guided practice. Provide feedback and corrections. Provide independent practice. Provide weekly and monthly reviews. In the implementation of this method it fundamentally incorporates or embeds several components of effective literacy instruction which includes activating prior knowledge or schema, relating past learning to new learning, modeled instruction and guided practice as well as engaging …show more content…
Therein lies the use of different strategies and resources, and one that is vital to the success of struggling readers is direct explicit daily instruction in each of the five reading components. This is especially the case for ELL and ESOL students as well. Through continual use of this type of instruction teachers, students and parents alike will see the results.
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