Reading Strategies Playbook-Free Download

A few weeks ago I shared with you a reading strategies training I did for my campus.  In all honesty, I just facilitated the training.  My teachers are so well versed in reading strategies that all I did is set up the training and watched it all take place.  I'm so impressed with my teachers and their ability to teach students strategies but I'm also impressed with the confidence my teachers have to get up in front of their peers and teach. We are a loving campus and we support each other.  That is such a great feeling.
I have a few new teachers to each grade level so it was best that we shared our strategies across the grade level and the campus.  Being aligned vertically is so important.  A reading strategies playbook was born through the training.  I'm in love with it.  It is a work in progress.  Throughout the school year we will continue to add to it as we discuss the different skills.

The playbook includes summary, vocabulary, main idea and inference strategies.  It shows teachers in detail what to do in the story/passage and what to do in the question.  We have strategies for both.
 
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This is a teacher resource and never intended to be used independently at the beginning of the year.   Teachers model the skills weekly with direct and explicit instruction.  These strategies are taught as early as second grade.  Keep in mind when in second grade we model, model, and model again.  We talk students through a reading passage.  Third and fourth grade are guided too but as we get closer to the STAAR test students are doing these more independently.

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If you are not from Texas, I do not know much about your state requirements for end of year testing.  Texas is all about accountability.  We may not agree with testing our students but it is what it is.  Until our state changes accountability requirements, we play the game.
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Strategies are not just for STAAR.  We teach strategies in all subjects.  Math class, writing class, etc... all have strategies in some form or fashion.  It is not just about testing.  It is more about teaching students how to analyze text.  As students go from grade to grade the text becomes harder and the content is harder to comprehend.  A strategy is just another tool in a students toolkit to help them in each grade, each subject and throughout their educational career.  I find myself using strategies when trying to understand school laws or state guidelines. 

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Remember to check back and download the newest version throughout the school year.  This packet is a work in progress as we continue with professional development this year.  I truly hope you find it helpful in your classroom.  Download Reading Strategies Playbook here.

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