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1 How to Implement a Successful Literacy Initiative Nicole Hochholzer
#103 How to Implement a Successful Literacy Initiative Nicole Hochholzer

2 Answer the big questions:
Who? How? What? When and where? But most importantly: WHY???

3 Adolescent Literacy A 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?

Do form a strong team of interested staff Don’t rely on one administrator or one literacy coach Do develop a plan that details WHO will do WHAT by WHEN with time for reflection and adjustment Do give yourselves time – it won’t happen in one year Don’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.



9 Leading with Literacy Rubric

10 Grade Levels Do I want to buy a 5th grade shoe?
Why would I want to buy a 5th grade book?

11 USING LEXILES Using 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 1300L It’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 Peace Pride and Prejudice Black Beauty 900 - Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders 800 - The Adventures of Pinocchio 700 - Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery 600 - A Baby Sister for Frances 500 - The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth 400 - Frog and Toad are Friends 300 - Clifford’s Manners

13 Lexile Texts The Making of Memory: From Molecules to Mind; Doubleday Philosophical Essays; Hackett Publishing Psychology: An Introduction; Prentice Hall Business; Prentice Hall America: Pathways to Present; Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar Gold Level; Prentice Hall 900 - World Cultures: A Global Mosaic; Prentice Hall 800 - Word 97; Glencoe/McGraw-Hill 700 - World Explorer: The U.S. & Canada; Prentice Hall 600 - Science (Grade 4); Addison-Wesley 500 - People and Places; Silver Burdett Ginn 400 - Imagine That!; Scholastic Inc. 300 - My World; Harcourt Brace

14 Uses at Kaukauna High School:
Self-selection of books in English classes Math textbook example Helped teachers understand need for strategies and differentiation Part of textbook selection process “Snapshot” test for special ed

Literacy Leadership Team can: “Test run” strategies Run in-services Serve as resources Act as cheerleaders

16 What are the best strategies?
Strategies that work with all subject areas Strategies that aren’t too daunting or complicated Strategies that complement already existing curriculum Frankly, the best strategies are the ones you can do!!

17 Chapter 8 Content Area Strategies
Strategies For Specific Content Areas CTE – Give One Get One Fine Arts – Semantic Feature Analysis Math – SG4R Physical Education – ABC Squares

18 Vocabulary: the great equalizer
Vocabulary strategies are great to start with because everyone has content-area vocabulary It’s not just an “English issue”

19 Concept Definition Map
What is it? (definition) What is it like? LITERACY What are some examples?

20 Vocabulary Knowledge Rating Sheet Unit of study:___________
WORD 3 Can define it, use it, teach it 2 Heard it, seen it 1 Do not know it Definition, example, and/or image 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Source: Kinsella and Feldman

21 Vocabulary Squares Term Definition Example How I will remember this

22 Read Around the Text Picture Cues This picture shows… Captions
Questions Maps, Charts Graphs First and Last Paragraph Big 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 So Somebody – main character Wanted – problem they dealt with But – force that worked against the problem So – outcome, but don’t give away ending *Then take each part and craft it into a sentence to summarize what was read Source: Laura Robb

25 Summarizing Strategies…
Summarizing Nonfiction: TFCN T – Topic F – 2 Fascinating facts C – connection made N- new understanding *Then write a summary

26 The Lesson Research Suggests a New Format
Traditional Format New Format Prereading Activities Discussions Predictions Questioning Brainstorming Setting Purpose Reading Assignment Given Guided ACTIVE Silent Reading Activities to clarify, reinforce, extend Knowl-edge Independent reading Discussion to see if students learned main concepts, what they “should have” learned

27 Chapter 9 Practices and Instruction
Recommendations for: starting a literacy initiative working with ELL students making the most of professional development time using 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 copies Create a RAFT assignment for students to complete Once 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 strong Always focus on the WHY

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