Literacy is listening, viewing, thinking, expressing through multiple symbol systems, speaking, reading, and
“No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.”

LA Times, “A Child Literacy Initiative for the Greater LA Area”
“Literacy arouses hopes, not only in society as a whole but also in the individual who is striving for fulfillment, happiness and personal benefit by learning how to read and write. Literacy... means far more than learning how to read and write... The aim is to transmit... knowledge and promote social participation.”

UNESCO Institute for
Literacy Now!

Welcome to the Githens Middle School Literacy Resource Webpage. Here teachers will find resources and research-based strategies designed to improve reading comprehension in all content areas. Buttons for content areas, general strategies, and handouts from our Wednesday Wikis are to the left.

Our essential practice of student-owed strategies is featured below.

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Diana Franklin
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Githens Middle School
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Student-Owned Literacy Strategies Every student should be able to use these strategies independently.   Teachers should actively teach, model and practice these strategies with students until the student ‘owns’ them.

  • What is it about?
  • What will happen next?
  • Have students support predictions with evidence.
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“Proficient readers spontaneously and purposely create mental images during and after reading.”
Keene and Zimmerman,
Mosaic of Thought
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“To make connections is to link personal background knowledge, understandings, or experiences to the text to construct meaning.” Everett School District
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“Questioning is a powerful strategy that keeps readers engaged and deepens their understanding. Proficient readers spontaneously and purposefully generate questions before, during, and after reading.” Incorporate the following:
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Reader answers own questions using context clues, pictures, rereading, etc.
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The reader decides what he/she likes or doesn’t like about a text. He/she makes judgments about merits of the text. In math, students evaluate which information is needed. Evaluators back up their opinions with evidence.
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A sentence or two that gives the main idea of the passage or problem.
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  Literacy definition and strategies from Rosemarye Taylor

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