EDUC 4P24 - Literacy in the Early Years
Literacy Activity Designs & Presentation (30%)
- Mini activity design
- pick age group and general topic - but focused on literacy - if interconnected then that
is even better
Reading Response Journal (30%)
Choose 4 of the assigned readings
Using strategies that help students understand what and why they are reading
You must use each of the 3 strategies at least once throughout the 4 submissions
Due according to schedule
Must do each of these and then choose our favorite for the last submission
o Question the Author
o Semantic Web
o No late submissions allowed
DRTA - Directed Reading and Thinking Activity
- Cognitive strategy to enhance comprehension (KWLM another strategy)
- Sets a purpose for reading
- Can be used with narrative or expository texts
- Framework involves:
- Preparation for reading - pre questions/discussion
- Reading text
- Discussion after reading
- Why is reading for a purpose important?
- DRTA can focus on
- Literal responses - recall of facts and sequencing of story
brief synopsis of the facts of the reading
- Inferential responses - interpreting character's feelings, predicting outcomes,
relating to ones real life experiences
How the issue/context of the read relates to you specifically (link to
- Critical responses - evaluating, problem solving, making judgments
answers the so what questions
- Briefly highlight how the DRTA strategy helped you integrate knowledge-
based and text based information - discuss in terms of the metacognitive
Questioning the Author
- Helps reader construct meaning during reading of expository and narrative texts
- brings author to foreground - opportunities for constructive conversations as reader negotiates meaning with others
and with text
- teacher can develop specific queries to assess child's comprehension during reading
- usually created pauses throughout the read and pose queries and invite discussion
- teacher serves as facilitator
- Putting the author back into the text
- Text is created from one perspective - that of the author
- Negotiate the argument - helps with better understanding
- Pausing at certain moments to ask: how does the author feel right now? what was the
intent of the authors perspective here? etc
Develop 3 types of queries for the reading Must Answer These Questions - ie/ do not
make up own, but answer these
1. Initiating queries - draw attention to major ideas and the fact that ideas written by
- what is the author trying to say?
- what is the message?
2. Follow-up queries - connect ideas to previous learning; figure out why author includes
- Why is certain information included?
- What is the background?
- Does the author explain the concepts clearly?
- Does this make sense given the knowledge you already have (compare to some other
3. Narrative queries
- what information is the author missing?
- What important concepts are not included?
4. Strategy statement
- Briefly highlight how the Questioning the Author strategy helped you integrate