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Literacy Matters

Literacy Matters
Strategies Every Teacher Can Use

Second Edition

December 2006 | 104 pages | Corwin
The versatile and practical handbook to promote students' literacy and learning!

Scores of children across the country do not read with comprehension, and literacy has become a national priority. In Literacy Matters, internationally recognized author, educational coach, and consultant Robin Fogarty defines and reviews 15 practical literacy approaches that teachers can use across all content areas and grade levels to help students develop essential literacy skills. This user-friendly resource provides strategies for immediate implementation with an overview of the research and best practices associated with each strategy.With an easy-to-use menu that enables teachers to select the specific strategies they want to use to boost content-area literacy and comprehension, this valuable guide explores proven instructional methods such as

- Teaching metacognitive student thinking - Creating literature circles

- Involving parents and community

- Tapping into prior knowledge

- Using technology to impact literacy acquisition

Put these strategies to use in your classroom, and watch as your students improve their reading and comprehension, and apply these tools for success across content areas and in their lives!

1. Learn to Learn With Metacognitive Reflections
2. Interact With Seven Strategies to Comprehend (Phantom Skill)
3. Tap Into Prior Knowledge to Support Schema Theory
4. Extend Reading to Encourage Flexible Reading
5. Research the Principles of the Brain and Learning
6. Analyze Words to Foster Fluency
7. Collaborate With Cooperative Learning Groups to Engage Learners
8. You-Are-a-Reader Attitude Matters
9. Mediate With Early Intervention Strategies
10. Appeal to Parents/Guardians Gets Them Involved
11. Teach Vocabulary by Building Background Knowledge (Dolch List)
12. Tune-in to Technology to Impact Literacy
13. Enter Literacy With a Multiple Intelligences Approach
14. Read-Aloud, Read-Along, Read-Appropriately Practices Foster Flexible Readers
15. Strategize Reading With Guided Reading Activities
References and Bibliography

"A wonderful tool and the type of book teachers long for. Gets straight to the point and gives strategies and ideas that any teacher can use. The practices can be put into place quickly and will make a difference."

Gayla LeMay, Eighth-Grade Teacher
Louise Radloff Middle School, Duluth, GA

"Makes a definite contribution to the field of literacy, and will be ideal for all schools in my county for hiring literacy coaches this year. The author's focus is perfect, with a clearly stated purpose that is fulfilled throughout the book."

Cristen L. Krugh, English Teacher
Edgewater High School, Orlando, FL

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