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How Can We Make Reading and Writing More Authentic?

By: Katie Morden

What is an Authentic Learning Experience?


Un-Standardized Using

Student Interests Combining Subject Areas

5 Pillars of Reading
Comprehension Fluency Vocabulary Phonics Teacher Training
http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org/publicatio

ns/nrpvideo.htm

Comprehension
Provide
Again,

Model/Practice

Reading Strategies Have discussion with students Combine Reading and Writing Assessments: Questions, Retelling, Cloze,

make sure you know your students so you can provide materials that are interesting to them

a variety of text and resources

Fluency
What

is fluency to our students? Repeated Readings, Reading Performances, Modeling Fluent Reading, Independent Reading http://www.learner.org/vod/vod_win dow.html?pid=2187

Vocabulary
Essential

areas Word Consciousness Classroom


Word

for comprehension in all

Latin-Greek

Connection Assessment: VKS, VRT, VAM

Walls, Word Spokes, Brainstorm Word Walls, Using Words in Writing, Communication

Student Motivation
The
Choices,

Materials

Challenges, Control, Collaboration, Constructive Comprehension, Consequences

6 Cs of Motivation

students

have to be assessable to

Reading

levels, interests, variety

Writing
Audience

is essential to writing More than just stories and essays! Incorporate comprehension and vocabulary

With All These Options


Write

a lesson or mini unit around this book:


QuickTime and a decompressor are neede d to se e this picture.

Share Out!
Third
Compare

with other insects, write a story about themselves being very hungry, use brainstorming word walls, reread together/with pairs, research caterpillars in Michigan

Grade:

Share Out!
Fourth
Opinion

Piece on the benefits of caterpillars, rereading in large and small groups (maybe with reading buddies), research what region caterpillars are mostly located, comparison between caterpillars and other animals, word wall additions

Grade:

Share Out
Fifth
Comparing

Caterpillar motion/travel with other animals, write about animal adaptations, reread story (with reading buddies), compare/contrast with nonfiction text

Grade:

Why Should We Have Authentic Learning Experiences?


More

meaningful for students Makes learning apply to the real world Gives students a chance to be in charge of their learning

Food For Thought


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD

ZFcDGpL4U

Bibliography Videos
(n.d.). Teaching children to read . [Web Video]. Retrieved from http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org/publications/nrpvideo.htm (2005). Rsa animate - changing education paradigms. (2005). [Web Video]. Retrieved from http://www.learner.org/resources/series204.html (2010). Rsa animate - changing education paradigms. (2010). [Web Video]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

Bibliography Articles

Motivation:
Turner,

J., & Paris, S. G. (1995). How literacy tasks influence chidren's motivation for literacy. The Reading Teacher, 48(8), 662672.
N. K., Pearson, P. D., Strachan, S. L., & Billman, A. K. (2011). Essential elements of fostering and teaching reading comprehension. In A. Farstrup & S. Samuels (Eds.), What Research has to say about reading instruction (pp. 2-29). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Stahl, K. A. D. & Bravo, M. A. (2010). Contemporaru classroom vocabulary assessment for content areas. The Reading Teacher, 63(7), 566-578.

Comprehension:
Duke,

Bibliography Articles

Writing: Duke, N. K., Purcell-Gates, V., Hall, L. A., & Tower, C. (2006). Authentic literacy activities for developing comprehension and writing. The Reading Teacher, 60(4), 344-355. Vocabulary: Graves, M. F. & Watts-Taffe, S. (2008). For the love of words: Fostering word consciousness in young readers. The Reading Teacher, 62(3), 185193. Rasinski, , T. V., Padak, N., Newton, J. & Newton, E. (2010). The latingreek connection. The Reading Teacher, 65(2), 133-141. Shanahan, T. V., Callison, K. A. D., Carriere, C., Duke, N. K., Pearson, P. D., Schatschneider, C., & Torgesen, J. (2010). Improving reading comprehension in kindergarten through 3rd grade: A practice guide. 3-39.

Bibliography Books
McKenna,

M. C., & Stahl, K. A. D. (2010). Assessment for reading instruction. New York: The Guilford Press. Sleeter, C. E. (2005). Un-standardizing curriculum: Multicultural teaching in the standards-based classroom. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.