What Makes Word Walls Work? Word Walls should be built over time with shared ownership between teacher and students. Words are harvested from rich language contexts. Word Walls should be kept as simple and uncluttered as possible. Words on the Wall should be visible to everyone
What to build and when to add is based on student needs. Use of walls as helpful references must be modeled. The goal of creating and using Word Walls is ultimately automaticity of basic processes.
Before Reading Strategies Before Reading Strategies
Ideas for Using Picture Books in History Classes
Strategic Readers Strategic Readers They are actively involved in the reading. They often have a running dialogue with the text. They visualize scenes and characters. They make predictions about what they are reading.
Strategic Readers They relate their prior knowledge to the topic they are reading about. They read with a purpose in mind. They monitor their comprehension and, when necessary, apply appropriate strategies. They accept ambiguity and push on.