Conversation: Speaking, Listening, and Improving Comprehension
“It is essential that we provide opportunities across the day for our students to engage in meaningful conversation: about topics of importance to the classroom community, about books read together as a class and independently with partners and clubs, about their writing, about math, and so on.” –Jennifer Serravallo
Last month we started an online conversation around Jennifer Serravallo’s (@JSerravallo) 5 lenses for assessing and teaching readers using the hashtag #literacylenses. We discussed engagement during our first week, including methods of assessing engagement in students and classrooms. Then we moved on to the different aspects of fluency: automaticity, intonation/expression/prosody, phrasing/parsing, emphasis, and pace. Next up was print work/decoding. Last week we discussed the importance of comprehension as well as ways to assess it in your classrooms. We will be providing you with some of the assessment tools we highlight as well as strategies to help you teach.
This week we are going to focus on the final piece of the puzzle: conversation. We will be posting tips, tools, and strategies from four of Jen's books: Conferring with Readers,Teaching Reading in Small Groups, The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook K–2 and The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook Grades 3–6.
We have created blank versions of some of the tools Jen discusses in her books for you to download and use in your classrooms. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for both Microsoft Word and PDF versions.
If you’re on Twitter, we are using the hashtag #literacylenses to capture the conversation from beginning to end. We'll see you there!
Jennifer Serravallo is a national literacy consultant and the bestselling author or coauthor of the Heinemann titles Teaching Reading in Small Groups, Conferring with Readers, The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook K–2 and The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook Grades 3–6. She started out teaching grades 3–5 in Title I schools and then spent eight years as a national staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
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