Resources: Literacy

Academic Language of Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics
A chart that summarizes key literacy components to help English Learners master the academic language of science.

Acadademic Vocabulary: 3 Tiers of Words
A Powerpoint presentation on instructional strategies to teach academic vocabulary, including Tier 1, 2 and 3 words.

Bio Words
A list of principle latin and greek roots used in biological terminology.

Breaking Through the Literacy Ceiling
A research article on secondary students' literacy development and their ability to comprehend content area academic texts.

Concept Maps
A Powerpoint overview of concept maps, specifically Thinking Maps ™, and their specific use with instruction.

Cornell Notes Science
A document that lists and describes the essential formatting components of Cornell Note Taking.

English Learners and the Language of Science
A research article on scientific discourse patterns and how crucial they are in getting English learners to recognize and understand the differences between expository and narrative text.

Helping Students Access Text Material Successfully
A Powerpoint presentation that outlines ways to help students access text material successfully.

Interactive Science Notebook: Scoring Rubric
A six-point scoring rubric that can be used to assess student Interactive Science Notebooks.

Interactive Science Notebook: Self-Reflections
Student instructions for self-reflection entries for science interactive notebooking.

K-12 Science Standards Vocabulary CD-ROM
This CD-ROM includes key science academic vocabulary translated in nine different languages.

Lesson Structure: Previewing the Organization of a Lesson
A graphic organizer that can be used by students to preview the organization of a text used in a lesson.

Literacy in the Content Area: Suggested Resources
A bibliographic list of resources for literacy in the content areas.

Metacognition: Think Alouds
Instructional ideas on how to teach students to become metacognitive readers.

Metacognition: Thinking About Your Thinking
A summary of teaching strategies to increase metacognition in students; NotebookReflections- student instructions for self-reflection entries for science interactive notebooking.

Powerful Writing & Note-taking Techniques for Science
A Powerpoint presentation for Middle Level through High School on writing and note-taking techniques frequently used in the science classroom.

Prior Knowledge
Types of graphic organizers that can be used to activate prior knowledge.

Reading Apprenticeship Training: Becoming Scientific Thinkers and Readers
An overview of the Reading Apprenticeship Program, including instructional strategies to help students become scientific thinkers and readers.

Reading Comprehension: What the Research Says
Research on reading performance, including a heuristic for thinking about reading comprehension.

Reading Content in Areas
A Powerpoint overview of reading strategies to improve reading comprehension in the content areas.

Reading Strategies 1: Graphic Organizers
A group of graphic organizers to help students develop deeper contextual understanding.

Reading Strategies 2: Thinking Processes Used by Good Readers
A list of thinking processes used by good readers.

Reciprocal Teaching: Reading Strategies
A Powerpoint overview of reciprocal teaching strategies to teach reading.

Reciprocal Teaching: Tropical Herpefauna
A reading activity that organizes student thinking around the five strategies of reciprocal teaching.

Root or Affix
A chart of roots or affixes used in science academic vocabulary.

Science Journals: Open Court
Summary of the essential elements to a quality science journal, including literature lists correlated with Open Court Reading Program.

SDAIE for Science Teachers
A Powerpoint presentation on the factors affecting reading comprehension in science and a procedure for delineating between content objectives and language objectives.

Strategy Glossary
A chart that lists and describes a variety of teaching strategies used to increase students’ reading comprehension.

Tips For Reading Textbooks
Tips, included the SQ4R strategy to improve reading comprehension.

Vocab Development: Graphic Organizers
A series of graphic organizers to help build academic vocabulary.

Writing Genres K-5
A list of grade-level writing genres that are the focus for statewide assessment in California, Grades K through 5.