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ERIC Number: EJ854576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Teaching Content and Skills through Integrated Literacy Circles
Wood, Karen D.; Pilonieta, Paola; Blanton, William E.
Middle School Journal (J3), v41 n1 p56-62 Sep 2009
The authors maintain that developing an awareness of the skills and tasks involved in proficient reading is necessary in the middle grades and that success with these skills and tasks develops through peer interaction and meaningful activity, not through teacher-dominated discussion. To that end, in this column, the authors introduce the "integrated literacy circle," a discussion-based approach to teaching and learning content area concepts while simultaneously acquiring basic reading skills. The authors illustrate how a teacher facilitates this approach using excerpts from transcripts of two lessons that were taught in middle school classrooms. The first lesson was designed to help students identify cause and effect in a social studies passage, and the second lesson taught students to recognize and use context clues to identify obstacle words in a science lesson. However, note that integrated literacy circles can be used to teach and reinforce students' understanding of any of the necessary literacy skills and tasks including predicting, sequencing, summarizing, skimming for main ideas, inferring, critical analysis, and text structure. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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