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Teacher and Teaching Quality
Professional Development

Literacy in Science

Objective

To provide clients with current research and best practice in content-area reading strategies in order to enhance student literacy in science.

Format

Two distinct half-day components. Each component is delivered as a separate half-day service, or combined into one all-day service. One half of the workshop is lecture, and the other half is hands-on. Group size can vary from 25 to 150 participants.

Who Attends

K-12 teachers of science, curriculum directors, principals, and resource teachers (teachers of learning-disabled students and English language learners, reading specialists).

Participants Learn to

  • Support student learning through strategies designed for accessing and understanding science content in written form.
  • Use science textbooks, trade books, reference materials, magazines, online information, and other printed materials for learning.

Resources

Participants receive the following:

  • Handout of PowerPoint: How Do Readers Understand Science?
  • Handout of PowerPoint: Tools for Understanding Science.
  • At least one nonfiction piece of text used to model strategy instruction.
  • A list of K-5 resources for science and reading (professional books and children's books).
  • A set of templates to assist participants in organizing to teach students to read science

Research Base

The "fourth-grade slump" (the drop in performance levels of students after Grade 3 on nationally normed tests) has its roots in the need to teach strategic reading within content areas. In addition, research states that 90 percent of what people read for their professional careers is nonfiction text, yet 90 percent of what is taught is narrative text. Therefore, there exists a strong need to develop students' skills in critical reading within the content areas.

More information on the "fourth-grade slump" and the need for increased literacy across the content areas can be found in the work of researchers and practitioners in the field, such as Nell Duke, Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, Isabel Beck, Tony Stead, Linda Hoyt, and others.

Cost

$3,000 per day, plus $30 per participant for materials. (Cost is based on a group size of up to 40 participants and does not include facilitator travel.)

For Information or Scheduling

Call 800-252-0283.

 



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