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1 How to Implement a Successful Literacy Initiative Nicole Hochholzer #103How to Implement a Successful Literacy InitiativeNicole Hochholzer
2 Answer the big questions: Who?How?What?When and where?But most importantly:WHY???
3 Adolescent LiteracyA successful adolescent literacy initiative is only successful if you know WHY you are implementing it!
4 Answering the questions: Developing great leadership – WHO?Using lexiles to differentiate instruction – HOW?Choosing the most effective strategies – WHAT?Fostering reading for pleasure – WHEN & WHERE?
5 DEVELOPING GREAT LEADERSHIP Do form a strong team of interested staffDon’t rely on one administrator or one literacy coachDo develop a plan that details WHO will do WHAT by WHEN with time for reflection and adjustmentDo give yourselves time – it won’t happen in one yearDon’t expect things to go perfectly – they won’t!
6 Successful literacy initiatives generally address five steps: Identify the literacy issues and needs in the school.Develop consensus around the need for change.Build capacity to address the literacy issues and needs with staff.Design action steps to support change over time.Monitor, evaluate, and modify plans as success is achieved.
10 Grade Levels Do I want to buy a 5th grade shoe? Why would I want to buy a 5thgrade book?
11 USING LEXILESUsing lexile data gives staff helps with the WHY - the argument “it’s not my job to teach reading” seems rather petty when a student with a 400L is facing a textbook of 1300LIt’s up to the literacy leadership team to help staff understand HOW to use lexiles to differentiate instruction
12 Lexile Literature 1500 - On Ancient Medicine 1400 - The Scarlet Letter Brown vs. Board of Ed.War and PeacePride and PrejudiceBlack Beauty900 - Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders800 - The Adventures of Pinocchio700 - Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery600 - A Baby Sister for Frances500 - The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth400 - Frog and Toad are Friends300 - Clifford’s Manners
13 Lexile TextsThe Making of Memory: From Molecules to Mind; DoubledayPhilosophical Essays; Hackett PublishingPsychology: An Introduction; Prentice HallBusiness; Prentice HallAmerica: Pathways to Present; Prentice HallWriting and Grammar Gold Level; Prentice Hall900 - World Cultures: A Global Mosaic; Prentice Hall800 - Word 97; Glencoe/McGraw-Hill700 - World Explorer: The U.S. & Canada; Prentice Hall600 - Science (Grade 4); Addison-Wesley500 - People and Places; Silver Burdett Ginn400 - Imagine That!; Scholastic Inc.300 - My World; Harcourt Brace
14 Uses at Kaukauna High School: Self-selection of books in English classesMath textbook exampleHelped teachers understand need for strategies and differentiationPart of textbook selection process“Snapshot” test for special ed
15 CHOOSE THE MOST EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES: Literacy Leadership Team can:“Test run” strategiesRun in-servicesServe as resourcesAct as cheerleaders
16 What are the best strategies? Strategies that work with all subject areasStrategies that aren’t too daunting or complicatedStrategies that complement already existing curriculumFrankly, the best strategies are the ones you can do!!
17 Chapter 8 Content Area Strategies Strategies For Specific Content AreasCTE – Give One Get OneFine Arts – Semantic Feature AnalysisMath – SG4RPhysical Education – ABC Squares
18 Vocabulary: the great equalizer Vocabulary strategies are great to start with because everyone has content-area vocabularyIt’s not just an “English issue”
19 Concept Definition Map What is it? (definition)What is it like?LITERACYWhat are some examples?
20 Vocabulary Knowledge Rating Sheet Unit of study:___________ WORD3Can define it, use it, teach it2Heard it, seen it1Do not know itDefinition, example, and/or image184.108.40.206.5.Source: Kinsella and Feldman
21 Vocabulary SquaresTermDefinitionExampleHow I will remember this
22 Read Around the Text Picture Cues This picture shows… Captions QuestionsMaps, ChartsGraphsFirst and LastParagraphBig Ideas
23 The Deluxe Reading Tour Title of the Reading:MY title for the reading:Key Quote (one of the most important statements in the reading)Why I Chose This Quote (reasons and evidence to support my choice)Brief Casual Summary (the main ideas expressed in my own words)Graphic Representation (illustration or clip-art that conveys theme)Source: Kinsella & Feldman
24 Two Summarizing Strategies: Summarizing Fiction: Somebody Wanted But SoSomebody – main characterWanted – problem they dealt withBut – force that worked against the problemSo – outcome, but don’t give away ending*Then take each part and craft it into a sentence to summarize what was readSource: Laura Robb
25 Summarizing Strategies… Summarizing Nonfiction: TFCNT – TopicF – 2 Fascinating factsC – connection madeN- new understanding*Then write a summary
26 The Lesson Research Suggests a New Format Traditional FormatNew FormatPrereading ActivitiesDiscussionsPredictionsQuestioningBrainstormingSetting PurposeReadingAssignmentGivenGuidedACTIVESilent ReadingActivities to clarify,reinforce, extendKnowl-edgeIndependentreadingDiscussion to see ifstudents learned mainconcepts, what they“should have” learned
27 Chapter 9 Practices and Instruction Recommendations for:starting a literacy initiativeworking with ELL studentsmaking the most of professional development timeusing young adult literature to enhance a literacy initiative
28 Reading CAN be fun! Make Book Clubs attractive and rewarding Draw attention to reading – create buzz!!Latch on to trends in Young Adult Lit
29 Using RAFTs for Book of the Month Each month, select a high-interest Young Adult title and amass 25 copiesCreate a RAFT assignment for students to completeOnce complete, student selects teacher who will give ____ amount of extra credit
30 Remember… Don’t expect perfection Give yourself some time! Start small and start strongAlways focus on the WHY