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Ten Literary Strategies

My ten: (in no particular order)

1. Exit slips Questions students have, responses to ideas, or other formats that can give
me a snapshot of where my students are at, in both their learning and their
understanding. A small slip of paper or post-it note that the students fill out at the end
of class. I have used this previously in a CALM class I taught to great success.

2. K-W-L A great tools to show students how far theyve come, and give them goals for
where to go next. By creating a chart of what they know, what they want to learn, then
showing what they have learned, students can track their progress and have
documented evidence of progress.

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3. Interest surveys, questionnaires and interviews to get to know my students, see what
excites them, so I can use that information to mould their learning and keep them
interested. Students that can attach their interests to their learning have an easier time
progressing, because it feel less like work.

4. Read-alouds Reading should be entertaining, both the actual reading, and being read
to. By using read-alouds, I want to infuse the excitement of writing and help students
develop their narrators voice when they read, which can help with comprehension.

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5. Reciprocal teaching some have said the best way of learning is to teach it to someone
else. I agree. Reading to each other, or interacting with the text in non-conventional
ways, can aid in student learning and create a better experience for students.

6. Response writing writing is personal expression, it should have an element of personal

approach to it. Responding to stimulus is a great way to engage students in that way.
One of my goals is to make sure my students feel like they have a voice.

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7. Independent reading time to read. There is never enough. Especially if the kids are
reading what they are interested in, reading will seem like less of a chore, and more of a

8. Guest speakers bringing in people passionate about reading and writing can spread
the enthusiasm. Plus, they give off the whole rock-star vibe that kids get excited

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9. Shared Reading Reading doesnt need to be a solo experience, plus sharing helps
spread enthusiasm. This is also a great confidence booster, as it is a small step from solo
reading, and not as intimidating as reading solo to a group.

10. Readers theatre Im a drama guy, so readers theatre is a fun and exciting approach to

reading. Another stepping stone to public speaking, this is a good confidence booster
and a great way to inject fun and silliness into reading.

Matthew Fosen ED 3700 ELA