What does literacy mean to you?


This site collects information and resources useful to secondary teachers who want to support students learning in their content areas. 

The reading, writing, listening, speaking, and note-taking students do in the classroom are all about THINKING. Literacy tools support the thinking students need to do in order to succeed in science, social studies, math, business, art, tech and ELA.                                                   

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This site created by 

Lisa Savage, Literacy Coach

Of Interest

  • Reading===>Writing Connection When you assign reading that students find challenging, you can support them with a graphic organizer designed to focus them on the content you consider important in the text.One such graphic organizer is the DBQ chart found in the Digital Toolbox menu (left hand side of this page). DBQ means Document Based Question, and it is a type of AP exam question often practiced in social studies classes. Besides requiring good analytical and synthesizing skills, DBQ's are challenging because the documents are often primary sources with archaic vocabulary and usage. So the demands of this type of reading assignment are rigorous.Anthony Feldpausch will be demonstrating in our next faculty meeting how students in his AP European History ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2011, 8:10 AM by Lisa Savage
  • literacy + technology tips Two ideas from my summer '11 learning to help you help your students get more out of content area reading this year. Both use the social tendencies of adolescents and technology for good, not evil.Pre-Reading Image Fest1. Before asking students to read a text (or choose from a selection of texts on the same topic), create a quick collection of images related to the topic. Google images or Bing are good search engines for this.2. Show students the images using an LCD projector hooked to your laptop. Nothing fancy, and should take under one minute to view.3. Go around the room asking students to share one word that came to mind while they were viewing ...
    Posted Oct 4, 2012, 7:12 AM by Lisa Savage
  • Adolescent Literacy What do teenagers want?  When it comes to reading for information, they want: their prior knowledge activated; a purpose for the reading (e.g. find out how to detect radioactive iodine); support for actively engaging with the text -- here's where most literacy strategies come in; to use their social skills while learning; support for making sense out of text; a way to use their new knowledge!
    Posted May 25, 2011, 8:10 AM by Lisa Savage
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