DQ.docx - Re:Week 1 DQ 1 A great way to teach reading and writing is through integrated teaching This approach links literacy to content areas such as

DQ.docx - Re:Week 1 DQ 1 A great way to teach reading and...

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Re:Week 1 DQ 1 A great way to teach reading and writing is through integrated teaching. This approach links literacy to content areas such as social studies or science among others. It helps teachers to plan their lessons based on what the students are leaning as well as using topics of interest to the students. Integrated teaching also allows the students to get involved with the planning process by suggesting topic and activities that interest them (Cox, 2014). An integrated method to teaching reading instruction for grades K-3 is a KWL chart. This can be used to connect reading comprehension to learning materials in all content areas. It helps in connecting the students to and gives them a purpose for reading. The KWL chart can be individual to each student allowing their reading to be purposeful to them as they read for information they are inquiring about. It can also be done in small groups or as a whole class. A good writing strategy for these grades are Alphabet books. These books are a great way for students to write about what they learned in a creative way. Students can get creative using the letters of the alphabet to discuss particular concepts about each topic and can include pictures for visual effects. They can write in patterns or create poems. This strategy can be used across grade levels with appropriate modifications. Of course the higher the grade, the more writing will be expected. Like the KWL chart, the alphabet book is an integrated teaching approach that can be used for content area learning or as an activity for students to write about a topic of their choice. These books let students learn while being creative and practicing their writing skills.Cox, C. (2014). Teaching language arts: A student-centered classroom(seventh edition).Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.Re:Week 1 DQ 2 Vocabulary knowledge is one of the most important elements to reading so it makes sense that it is linked to comprehension. By being able to recognize certain vocabulary words and know what they mean, enables the student to make sense of what they are reading and to know what is going on (Quinn, et al. 2015). In most cases it is not enough for the students tobe able to read the word alone, knowing the meaning is equally important. If they do not know what a word means then being able to read the word will not increase their comprehension of the text they are reading. When teaching students to read we often start with vocabulary whether through decoding or sight words we always introduce the students to the words before putting them into context. I do not necessarily think that all students who struggle with vocabulary will struggle in comprehension. Along with vocabulary knowledge, background knowledge can assist the student in comprehension of a topic. I have see this with a third grade student I have been working with. His word recognition and vocabulary are below grade level but his comprehension skills are right at grade level. This
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