03 June 2006

Welcome to...

...students of St. John Fisher College.

Best wishes as you journey into literacy in the content areas (and blogging). From my own bookshelf, I recommend Teaching Reading the Content Areas by Billmeyer and Barton (there are even special books for math, science, and social studies). Its sister book, Teaching Writing in the Content Areas, is also worth a look.

I absolutely love Reading Reminders by Jim Burke. If you can get only one book---make it that one. I have not looked through his Writing Reminders, but do plan to borrow it from a colleague one of these weekends. Burke also has a fabulous book of graphic organizers called Tools for Thought.

Speaking of graphic organizers, here are three kickin' websites with templates and samples to download: Notemaking, via Englishcompanion.com, Tools for Reading, Writing, and Thinking from Greece SD in NY, and Graphic Organizers on ed.com.

Lots of good stuff to share. I hope you'll let me know what you find out there that you like!

5 comments:

Princess of the Portable said...

I'd like to throw in another favorite graphic organizer site for you: http://www.readingquest.org. It's mostly designed for use in social studies classes, but most of it can be easily adapted.

The Science Goddess said...

This looks great! Thanks for passing it along.

Wendy Smith said...

Thanks for warmly welcoming St. John Fisher College graduate students in the MST department to the world of blogging. Students are discovering how literacy strategies promote deeper content area understandings while at the same time foster a community of learners in the classroom.

The resources listed are excellent and the book by Burke is on the course recommended reading list. The main text students are using is Subjects Matter by Daniels and Zemmelman. A couple of other great professional reads on their recommended list are:
Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement by Marzano,
How to Teach so Students Remember
by Sprenger, and Summarization in any Subject by Wormeli.

Several of the grad students are employed by the Greece CSD and are quite familiar with the tools on the website. The other ones mentioned will be a valuable resource for the class.

As students locate resources and create their own literacy strategies, they will be commenting on our Developing Literacy in MST blog. Hopefully they will share something that will be valuable for you!

The Science Goddess said...

I'll have to check out the Daniels and Zemmerman book. The others (Marzano, Sprenger, and Wormeli) all have a place on my shelf. I think the Sprenger book is dynamite.

J.D. Williams said...

My district has thrown a program called "Thinking Maps" at us this year. I'd put up some web links, but all the ones that the company has online aren't worth looking at. You have to pay for it I guess.

But, my students enjoy using Gliffy.com to make their own graphic organizers. All they need is an email address.

You can search and pull in photos from Yahoo Image search, but Safe Search is not on. I don't know if it can be turned on either, so I wouldn't suggest using that feature in a classroom.