Teaching Reading: Final Paper (Part 2)

Here is Part 2 of my Final Paper for Instructional Practices for Reading Teachers. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. Pretend you are a teacher in a diverse classroom. Explain what you would do to encourage students to learn English but still not abandon their own cultures. It is very important …

Teaching Reading: Final Paper (Part 1)

My final paper for my Instructional Practices for Reading Teachers was made up of 5 short essays in response to 5 prompts about teaching reading. Here is the first prompt and my essay response. Stay tuned! Parts 2-5 will be posted over the next week or so. Compare and contrast the bottom-up curriculum and the top-down …

My Directed Reading-Thinking Activity

The Directed Reading-Thinking Activity builds critical awareness of the reader’s role and responsibility in interacting with the text. It involves readers in the process of predicting, verifying, judging, and extending thinking about the text material. It differs slightly from the Directed Reading Activity. This time I could use a story book instead of an informational text. I …

Story Setting Assessment

Here is the assessment that goes along with the story-setting writing lesson plan. Each step has questions that are one level higher on Bloom's Taxonomy. The actual design of the assessment looks way nicer than it does on the blog. Follow the instructions carefully to turn this poorly written story setting into a well-written story setting. Martha was …

A Writing Lesson Plan

Here is the writing lesson plan that I created over the course of my 8-week Instructional Practices for Content teachers class at Liberty University. Compared to assignments where I have had to come up with an entire lesson plan in one week, I really like how this assignment broke down lesson-planning into smaller steps and had …

Biblical Integration: The What, Why, and How

My Biblical Worldview Assignment essay for my Instructional Practices for Content Teachers class at Liberty University. I believe there are two ditches Christian teachers can fall into when it comes to teaching and talking about worldviews and beliefs in the classroom, especially in public school classrooms. The first ditch is the belief that biblical values …

Four Methods for Teaching Phonics

Abstract: This essay discusses three alternatives to Synthetic Phonics Instruction: Analytic Phonics Instruction, Analogy-Based Phonics Instruction, and Embedded Phonics Instruction. Definitions and examples are given for each method, and the different strategies are compared to each other. The Synthetic and Analytic methods are traditional approaches, and the Analogy-Based and Embedded strategies are modern approaches. While …

My Directed Reading Activity

For my Instructional Practices for Reading Teachers class, I was to practice using a Directed Reading Activity (DRA) with at least three students while reading an informational text. DRA is a strategy that provides students with instructional support before, during, and after reading. The teacher takes an active role preparing students to read the text by …