I’m sure that by now you are familiar with Jennifer Serravallo’s hugely popular books The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book. Here are a couple of selections from an article on the website: Six reading and writing strategies from NYT bestselling author Jennifer Serravallo
“I love teaching children to think deeply about characters because I think it helps them to better understand the people in their world, too,” says Serravallo. To help students in fourth grade through middle school think deeply about characters Serravallo likes using the following strategy:
Instead of waiting to teach writing once children know letters and sounds or can write and spell high-frequency words Serravallo suggests starting the writing process early using pictures.
“Instead of waiting, we can teach children strategies for getting their thoughts and ideas down on the page by using pictures,” explains Serravallo.
Here’s how it works, ask students to:
A graphic organizer is a visual diagram that shows the relationships among a number of ideas. Use graphic organizers to help students see the important interrelationships in the information they are reading or to become aware of the way authors have structured a text. These insights help students with their own writing as well as reading. Using graphic organizers helps students:
As you are working with a group of students, you can create the graphic on an easel, the chalkboard, or a projected transparency. Discussing the information and ideas is the important link to understanding. You can stimulate discussion by inviting students to work with partners or in small groups to generate their information and then share with the whole class.
From Guiding Readers and Writers by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright © 2001 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.
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