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: Watch the Video

Watch the Video


In this section, you will watch Dr. Paratore's lecture on creating a literate community in early literacy.

Print Dr. Paratore's Literate Community Lecture Posters (PDF). Use the posters to take notes on the lecture.

In this video segment, Dr. Paratore discusses how effective classroom organization and routines promote beginning reading and writing. The lecture focuses on: varied and accessible print materials and classroom resources, purposeful displays of print in the classroom, and classroom routines that promote targeted opportunities for writing and oral language development.

An accompanying lecture transcript (PDF) is also available.

Video Segment.

Dr. Paratore's Lecture

Dr. Paratore and some workshop participants.

Find this segment approximately 3 minutes and 40 seconds after the begining of the video. Watch for about 9 minutes.

After watching the lecture, think about the following statement by Dr. Paratore:

The decisions teachers make about their classroom contexts have a consequence in children's motivation to read and a consequence in children's time to read.

Then review your notes and consider these questions:

  • What are the important factors for planning and designing a literacy-rich environment?
  • What classroom literacy routines promote reading and writing to "get things done"?
  • Do the decisions teachers make to create a literate classroom environment in kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 differ? How? Why?

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