Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop
Fluency and Word Study Before You Watch | Fluency and Word Study
To prepare for this workshop session, you will review the key terms, identify the strategies that you already use, and then read two articles on effective practices in fluency and word study.
What Do You Do?
Fluency (the ability to read accurately, with proper phrasing and intonation, and to understand what you’re reading) and word study (the ability to decode words and understanding their meaning) are key concepts in intermediate-grade reading programs. Consider how you teach and provide opportunities for practice in these areas. Complete the Fluency and Word Study Chart (PDF), outlining how your literacy program advances students’ reading fluency and word development. An example is provided. If you are taking this workshop for credit, save your chart for your Literacy Practices Portfolio.
Think about these questions before completing the chart:
- What texts and materials do you have in your classroom that support students’ development of fluent reading?
- How do you select vocabulary to teach in all areas of your curriculum?
- How much time do you allocate to word study?
- What word study routines do you teach and encourage your students to use?
- How do you differentiate instruction and tasks based on your students’ needs?
Examine the Literature
Print out two copies of the Examine the Literature Response Chart (PDF). Then read each article listed below, recording your ideas on the charts during and after reading. When you have finished, save your charts to submit as an assignment.
Fluency: Still Waiting After All These Years (PDF)
This article explores what fluency is, the kinds of teaching practices that hinder fluency, and those that increase fluency.
Allington, R.C. “Fluency: Still Waiting After All These Years.” In What Research Has to Say About It. Edited by Samuels, S.J. and A.E. Farstrup. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, to be published in 2006.
Direct and Rich Vocabulary Instruction (PDF)
This article examines how to choose and effectively teach vocabulary words.
McKeown, M. G., and I. L. Beck. “Direct and Rich Vocabulary Instruction.” In Vocabulary Instruction, edited by J. F. Baumann and E. J. Kame’enui, 13-27. New York: Guilford Press, 2004.
2.2 Analyze the Video | Fluency and Word Study
Watch the video, "Fluency and Word Study," taking notes as you watch. After you watch, jot down your answers to the questions below. If you prefer to watch the video in segments, pause the video when you see the next chapter heading.
Workshop 1 Creating Contexts for Learning
This session examines how classroom organization, routines, and grouping practices can enhance literacy skills in the middle grades. Literacy expert Jeanne Paratore discusses teaching strategies that foster reading and writing skills. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 2 Fluency and Word Study
This session focuses on how students in the middle grades develop vocabulary and reading fluency. Literacy expert Richard Allington discusses specific teaching strategies that help build fluency and vocabulary, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 3 Building Comprehension
Comprehending text is one of the main goals of reading. In this session, literacy expert Nell Duke discusses what good readers do and strategies teachers can use to help students build comprehension skills. Classroom footage provides examples of comprehension strategies.
Workshop 4 Writing
This workshop examines the relationship between reading and writing in the middle grades. Literacy expert Nadeen Ruiz discusses the connections, conventions, and inventions that provide a framework for teaching writing, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 5 New Literacies of the Internet
This workshop focuses on the evolving use of networked technology in education. Literacy expert Donald Leu discusses strategies that help students effectively read, write, and communicate on the Internet. Classroom examples illustrate strategies for using Internet resources in the classroom.
Workshop 6 Teaching English Language Learners
Changing classroom demographics call for a range or teaching strategies. In this session, literacy expert Robert Jim�nez discusses strategies teachers can use to create a successful learning environment for all students, while supporting English language learners. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 7 Teaching Diverse Learners
In this session, literacy expert Dorothy Strickland discusses how teachers can meet the diverse needs of readers and writers in their classrooms. Classroom examples and teaching strategies address different aspects of diversity, including culture, language, background, ability, and learning approaches.
Workshop 8 Assessment and Accountability
This session explores assessment, standards, and outcomes. Literacy expert Kathy Au discusses the strategies teachers can use to assess students' understanding in reading and writing. Classroom examples illustrate how students can participate in their own assessment.
Supplementary Workshop 6 - Teaching English Language Learners
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