This semester I have been surprised by the literacy levels of my students. They are able to read most modern texts and answer guided questions. They are generally not able to decipher texts with higher level reading and have a hard time using context to figure out unfamiliar words.
Journal: September 30, 2013
My literacy rich class looks like reading historical texts and primary documents is engrained in the curriculum. There is ample opportunity for students to have guided and strategic reading in class. My students are engaged in group reading activities such as jigsaws and chunking. They are reading excerpts from Aristotle and the Enlightenment Philosophers as well as the text book.
Journal: December 15, 2013
My literacy rich class looks like reading primary sources and the discussion of the authors of said sources inform my students about the era we are learning about. My students are engaged in group reading exercises like jigsaws and also poster presentations. They are reading primary sources from the age of new Imperialism. They are writing a modified document based question in which they will answer: "Is Imperialism good or bad?" while using the document to support their decisions. They are discussing this DBQ prompt in a debate during class today.
Journal: May 20, 2014
My literacy rich classroom looks like the students are using primary sources to support arguments about the Cold War. The students are engaged in primary source annotation and analysis and will use this skill to both write an essay and create a visual representation in the form of a propaganda poster. They are capable of independent learning in reading historical texts, researching on the internet and formulating an argument reinforced with primary source evidence.