Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Teaching Reading K-2 Workshop.

Creating a Literate Community: Before You Watch

Before You Watch

Session Preparation

Materials Needed.

Graph paper and drawing materials

Throughout the session, questions are posed to guide you through the topic. If you are working in a group, discuss your responses; if you are working alone, reflect on them in your journal.

To prepare for the workshop session, you will tap prior knowledge, read two articles on creating literate communities, and review important terms.


What do you already know and do?

Sketch your classroom. Using graph paper, illustrate:

  • specific areas for small-group and whole-class instruction;
  • centers or work stations for independent and small-group practice;
  • areas of the room that display print (books, posters, word walls, etc.);
  • arrangement of furniture (chairs, tables, bookcases, etc.) for instruction and practice; and
  • any other features that promote literacy development.

Print and complete the Classroom Community Chart (PDF).

Examine your sketch and chart to reflect on how you use the environment to promote reading, writing, and oral language. Think about and take notes on these questions:

  • What part of your classroom works well to promote reading and writing?
  • What would you like to change?
  • What do you need to improve your classroom environment?

Save your Classroom Sketch and Classroom Community Chart to revise at the end of the session.


Read these articles:

Early Literacy Development Part: 1 | 2 | 3 (PDF)
Morrow, L. M., and E. Asbury. "Current Practices in Early Literacy Development." In Gambrell, L. B., et al., eds. Best Practices in Literacy Instruction. 2d ed. 43-63. New York, N.Y.: The Guilford Press, 2003.

Using Centers to Engage Children Part: 1 | 2 (PDF)
Ford, M. P., and M. F. Opitz. "Using Centers to Engage Children During Guided Reading Time: Intensifying Learning Experiences Away From the Teacher." The Reading Teacher 55, no. 8 (2002): 710-717.


Review these important terms:


Revise your chart:

Return to your Classroom Community Chart. Add any new thoughts, ideas or questions based on the readings and review of important terms.


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