Episode 62 4 Easy Teaching Strategies to Develop Literacy When Reading

In this episode, Dan talks four easy teaching strategies to develop literacy when reading

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Literacy is crucial in a child’s development. It is the foundation for lifelong learning and a strong sense of well-being. Thus, educators have a pivotal role in developing literacy among students. Every educator should take the challenge to find more ways to make literacy fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate.

In this episode, you will learn four easy teaching strategies to develop literacy when reading. In our world today, it may be quite a challenge to develop literacy in children. Hence, we must keep exploring new strategies and techniques that could make learning easier and fun.

Tune in to this episode to learn new strategies that can enhance literacy in reading.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:


  1. Learn four easy strategies to develop literacy.

  2. Discover simple but straightforward literacy activities to use in the classroom.

  3. Earn a certificate of completion and an hour of PD by applying what you learn in the workbook provided.

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Episode Highlights

Strategy #1: Punctuated Reading

  • Instead of asking students to read one sentence each as a class, change the reader every time there is a punctuation mark.

  • Punctuation reading helps students know when there should be a pause in reading.

  • Pausing, when coming across punctuation marks, also helps students understand the text better.

  • The goal of this strategy is to learn the purpose of punctuation and better understand the text.

Strategy #2: Post-It Notes Summary

  • This strategy requires little post-it notes.

  • Give seven or more post-it notes to each student depending on the length of the text. Ask them to write one key point from the reading for every post-it that they have.

  • Then, ask the students to pick their five best key points from the ones they wrote.

  • Afterwards, pair the students up and ask them to exchange their key points, and then pick the best five among the ones they’ve come up with. You can do the same process multiple times.

  • This strategy helps students understand the main points of the reading.

Strategy #3: Highlighting

  • Encourage students to highlight, underline, or circle essential bits of a text. There are two things you can ask your students to highlight.

  • First, make them highlight specific parts that are repeating the same key idea. This helps students identify the main points in the text.

  • Second, ask the students to highlight conjunctions. This helps them identify reasons and other relations in the text.

Strategy #4: Prediction Bingo

  • Let your students make a 3×3 grid, and then ask them to predict and write words that may come up in the text based on the heading.

  • The words they predict for the bingo must have at least four letters. Avoid words like if, at, end, etc.

  • Predicting helps students further think about what the heading means.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

‘My students have to change reader, and that forces in there this automatic pause that happens around punctuation, which then helps the students to better understand the text’.

‘I’m asking my students to make sure they identify these (conjunctions) and notice them as they’re reading because that then helps them to identify why the person is putting forward an argument that they’re putting forward’.

‘It helps them to further think about what the heading means, and what’s coming. And if they can predict really well, then that’s great, and they’re gonna win the bingo, it kind of gamifies it a bit. But if they’re not going to predict very well, then it helps them to think back through, ‘how well do I actually know this topic?”’

‘But it’s just a way to help make sure your students are engaged with the reading, that they’re paying attention to it, and going a bit deeper, and getting some literacy skills out of it, not just reading a text’.


‘And that’s a great strategy for students, is to teach them to slow down and reread sections as well to make sure they’re actually getting the key points out of it’.

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