What Are The Importance Of Content Literacy In The Classroom

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Before reading the textbooks, completing the discussion boards, workshops, and projects of READ 3356, I had never taken into consideration the vast range of connections between literacy and content areas in educating children. Literacy has been a universal theme throughout my undergraduate courses at Tarleton; yet, none discussed the importance of integrating literacy into content area instruction. Consequently, several new ideas about content literacy were processed throughout this course. Therefore, because so many students struggle with comprehension in content areas, the three new ideas that will be the most helpful for me as a teacher are evaluating a textbook/readability and the tools for measuring it, vocabulary building, and classroom …show more content…
Completing workshop 5.2 aided in learning how to gain knowledge on how to find suitable materials for my students at their reading level for a better understanding. Using the Fry Readability Graph formulae to measure readability will assist me in the future classroom by helping me check the readability of various texts to insure that it is meets ESL students’ requirements and reading skills. Additionally, I believe that using this measurement system will help me improve reading skills of students that struggle with the English language as a whole. In addition, learning about readability helped to evaluate a textbook which a teacher may use in the classroom. The Strategy Notebook project helped me realize that there is much more to choosing a textbook than picking one out and distributing it to the class. This strategy will help me in my future classroom because I will know what to look for in textbook. I will know how to analyze a text for aspects that go beyond readability to help students better understand and learn the …show more content…
The Buehl book and the strategy notebook project helped define many different instructional strategies to help students understand concepts under different lights. I consider instructional strategies as a means of allowing students to become well rounded in the topic that is being taught with various opportunities to grow his/her understanding. As well, the Buehl book and notebook definitely helped me become aware of and become knowledgeable about specific instructional strategies to accomplish instructional purposes and strategies on how to help my students gain critical thinking and problem solving skills. As a result of content texts being complex, instructional strategies aid in the ability for students to comprehend the material. One of the strategies I would use in my future classroom is idea maps. Idea maps allow students to utilize their brains the way it thinks, and allow them to outline ideas about the subject, and permit students to compress large amount of information and easily absorb it for later use. The second teaching strategy I will incorporate into my prospective classroom instruction is KIM charts. KIM vocabulary charts allow students to see the vocabulary word, or key, visualize their memory cue, and stimulate recall of the

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