Unit 2: Investigating Literacy Strategies

Unit 2 Overview

In this unit you will research a literacy strategy. After researching and learning as much as you can about the particular strategy, you will participate in a sort of JIGSAW where you and your classmates will "teach" each other about the strategy. You will determine what the benefits to the strategy are, what particular skills it promotes, when to use it, and how to implement the strategy. By the end of the unit you will have a brief understanding of each learning strategy.

Task 1: Sign-Up

  • Go to the Shared class folder Shared Google Folder
  • In the class folder you will go to the "Sign-Up" Document for Literacy Strategies. Here you will list your first and second choice of literacy strategies to research. You will be assigned one of your choices. You may choose from the following list:
  1. Graphic Organizers
  2. Close Reading
  3. IDEAS
  4. Jigsaw
  5. RACE
  6. CERAC (Claims Evidence Reasoning Anchor Charts)

Note: If you would like to research a strategy that is not on this list, please contact me for approval! I'd be happy to see what you come up with!

Task 2:Let the Discovery Begin

  • Research your chosen/assigned literacy strategy using the University Databases. You may choose to use practitioner journals and/or peer-reviewed journals. Another good resources is the NSTA website: Science Scope and The Science Teacher are two journals that can be found there or in the UAlbany databases.

Link to NSTA site: NSTA Publications

  • Be sure to take notes in your design journal.
  • Use the following rubric to guide your research Research Rubric.

Task 3: Teaching Others

  • Once you have sufficient information, follow the rubric to compile your information into a GoogleSlide which should be started in the courses Shared folder.
  • Check the rubric again to make sure your "presentation" fits all the requirements.

Task 4: What have you learned?

  • Review the GoogleSlides of two classmates.
  • Take notes in your design journal for future reference.