Literacy Focus

    During the month of September, our class will focus on using a strategy called prior knowledge to make connections with the stories we are reading.  These connections are either to our self, another text, or the world around us.  We refer to them as text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world.  Activating what we already know helps a reader to better understand and interact with the text.  Schema, or prior knowledge, is all the stuff that's already inside your head, like places you've been, things you've done, books you've read. etc.  We also build our schema by studying individual authors, types of texts or genres.

November Literacy Focus

During the month of November, the students will focus on the importance of asking questions.  Good readers spontaneously and purposefully ask questions and search for answers before, during and after reading.  We will be talking about burning and clarifying questions.  Burning questions drive your reading forward.  These are the questions that keep you reading until the wee hours of the night.  It's when a reader can't wait to find out what's going to happen next in a story.  Clarifying questions can usually be answered by rereading or conferring with another reader.  They are the type of questions that can be answered quickly while continuing to read the text.  Questions inspire thinking, generate discussions, or are jumping off points for going deeper into the meaning of the story or information being learned.

October Literacy Focus

During the month of September, we focused on activating our prior knowledge to help bring meaning to the text.  This past month our focus was having a clear image of the story running through their head.  When a reader uses sensory images while reading, the book becomes alive.  It helps the reader move from literal interpretation of the story to inferential thinking.  Mental images helps a reader remember what they read as they personalize characters, setting, plot lines, and so on.