We’re continuing this month’s storytelling theme with a special SOS Top 10 on developing literacy! These instructional strategies can be used in class or modified for remote learning, and support students in building background knowledge, strengthening comprehension, and developing disciplinary vocabulary.
Stimulate Interest & Build Background Knowledge
Can You Guess My 2-1-4?
Combine text and imagery to encourage students to dive deeper into concepts and content to find answers. With this instructional strategy, students build literacy by making evidence-based inferences that lead them to logical conclusions about content with the use of facts, a clue, and images.
Find educator-facing videos and downloadable PDFs for each strategy in our SOS Top 10: Developing Literacy Studio Board!
Strengthening Comprehension & Meaningful Interaction with Text
Inspired by the well-known kids game, the Telephone instructional strategy lets students work collaboratively to practice and internalize comprehension gleaned from reading or viewing content. Students work with a partner to practice speaking and listening skills while synthesizing key ideas and details presented in a DE resource.
There's An App for That
Discerning the differences between and the reasons behind various authors’ purposes is important in comprehension and critical thinking. With this strategy, students read a text and identify the author’s purpose, then prove it using text-based evidence to support their thinking.
Build & Develop Vocabulary
Use this instructional strategy to build a foundational understanding of new terms and how they connect to each other and the central concept you’re teaching. Select a video, audio clip, or reading passage and have students use the Concept Circle graphic organizer to then visualize and analyze the relationship between vocabulary words within the content.
Vocabulary Stepping Stones
Have students consider vocabulary within the context of a video to encourage better understanding. Introduce vocabulary words before students watch a video, then have them listen for the terms and sequence them according to when they are mentioned. Lastly, prompt students to discuss the topics from the video, incorporating the vocabulary words and how they were used in context.