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Literacy instruction must be engaging and motivating for all types of learners. The process of engaging and motivating students is crucial for teachers to have plain readingand writing instruction meeting the needs of diverse learners. Having an understanding of the early stages of literacy development are essential for effectively promoting and supporting children’s literacy learning (Laureate Education, 2014c). Researchers have stateda beginning literacy learner must show mastery in the skills and knowledge of an emergent Walden University Richard W. Riley College of Education and LeadershipPage 5
MSED Literacy Activityreader in order to progress to the level of a beginning literacy reader.Metacognition refers to two important concepts related to reading comprehension. A reader’s knowledge of their thinking and strategies to facilitate ongoing understanding as well as control over one’s thinking, including the use of comprehension strategies to repair lack of knowledge while reading (Paris, Wasik, Turner, 1991). After reflecting on the lesson,I instructed with my beginning literacy learner, I believe I implemented the metacognition process in reading and writing in a couple of different ways throughout my lesson. In this lesson I incorporated the main text titled Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today?ByTish Rabe (Rabe, 2004). The story by Tish Rabe is an informational text allowing the beginning literacy learner the opportunity to make self to text connections. I used the text to model age-appropriate ways to find information about weather patterns from the book. I modeled how to use the glossary of words to find information on words found throughout the book. To provide assistance in the area of metacognition development with my beginning literacy learner, I made clear the purpose of informational texts is to give the reader facts and help them develop more knowledge on the topic of weather patterns. I integrated a think aloud while reading the text to help my beginning literacy learner with understanding new complex vocabulary words. The intended purpose of the think-aloud strategy is to model how skilled readers construct meaning from the book (Reading Rockets, 2017). For one of the weather pattern vocabulary words, I had my beginning literacy reader think aloud his definition of the word from the text. When asking him how he determined the meaning of the word, he stated how he used the photographs on the page to help guide him to the definition of the unfamiliar word. To remediate comprehension as well as writing with my beginning literacy learner, I included a t-chart. The use of a t-chart Walden University Richard W. Riley College of Education and LeadershipPage 6
MSED Literacy Activitygave my beginning literacy learner a clearer understanding of how to locate facts within the different texts on the types of weather patterns and use those learned facts in their writing.