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ERIC Number: ED317986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Reading/Writing Competencies and Cultural Awareness Using a Weekly News Magazine.
Dwyer, Edward J.
To help students strengthen competencies in reading and writing direct instruction is essential. Modeling is a key component in direct instruction. The kind of materials used can help provide more cultural awareness among learners. Written materials of current interest need to be selected. Sources are varied including such periodicals as "Time" and "Newsweek" who offer their magazines at reduced cost through education programs. Many newspapers at local levels and "USA Today" at the national level have low-cost school oriented programs. Students can learn to read more competently while learning about the world. Inviting students to study topics that affect both their own lives and the greater community around them encourages self-interest. It is also important to provide essential background information. After initial discussion, students should be asked to read a selection and then respond in writing to several questions. The following categories can be used to generate a variety of interesting and searching questions: (1) recognition; (2) translation; (3) inference; (4) evaluation; (5) explanation; and (6) use of imagination. Variations are boundless, depending on the interests, capabilities, and needs of students. (Thirteen references are attached. Appendixes include a sample article and sample essay questions and responses.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A