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In the chart below, are various examples of strategies you can use to reinforce content literacy. Help build the chart by researching additional literacy-based strategies that enhance content literacy. Include the strategy name, description, and link. Be sure to list your name after the strategy name.

Strategy Name



Word Questioning (Comer)
Teaches vocabulary and promotes critical thinking.
Encourages interaction with text. In addition, alphaboxes helps students activate prior knowledge, build vocabulary, and increase comprehension.
Linear Arrays/Semantic Gradations (Comer)
Depicts gradations (relationships) between words which helps students make connections and recognize shades of meanings.
Polar Opposites
Helps students analyze and evaluate content by rating it on a variety of dimensions
Story Impression
Arouses curiosity and enables students to use clue words associated with what they are reading
Word/Category Sorts
Allows students to think critically about the vocabulary encountered
Anticipation Guide
Serves as a pre, during, and post instruction strategy. Builds on schema, promotes active reading, and encourages critical reading/thinking as well as self-assessment and reflection.
Carousel Brainstorming
(Kelly Carroll)
This activity engages students by allowing them to move and talk about a concept

Jigsaw groups (adapted from Aronson, 1978) provide students a way to build summarizing habits while also pushing them to communicate meaningful information with other students. Students in one group become experts on a portion of the text and the experts then teach text to students that did not read the text

Graphic Organizers
(Kelsea Dyer)
Graphic organizers help students organize knowledge
and see more clearly how elements in a text are related
to each other. They are great for visuals learners, as
well as for struggling learners who have problems
making abstract connections in their head. In this
context, it also provides readers another way to
organize their thoughts as they are reading.
Strategies that
Promote Comprehension
(Kelsea Dyer)
The following two websites are filled with strategies that
promote comprehension and content literacy. Each
strategy has a description and some of them have a link
to more examples.
Learning Logs
(Jillian McGill)
Learning logs are beneficial ways students can monitor their own learning. This website allows you to understand what learning logs are and it gives examples on why we use it, how to use it, and ways to implement it.
ABC Graffiti
(Chrissy Thomas)
It is a brainstorming activity to foster thinking about vocabulary words about a topic or concept. Students generate words or phrases for each letter of the alphabet related to the topic or theme.
Word Hunt (Kerri Smith)
Word hunts focus on spelling study on patterns within words. They engage students with texts they have previously read. They hunt for other words that follow the same spelling features. Word hunt activities help students make connections between spelling words and reading words. It can be used in all content areas.
Word Hunt Literacy Activity

Interactive Venn Diagram

Frayer Model
(Amanda Malott)
The Frayer Model is a graphic organizer for building student vocabulary. This technique requires students to define target vocabulary and apply their knowledge by generating examples and non-examples, giving characteristics, and/or drawing a picture to illustrate the meaning of the word. This information is placed on a chart that is divided into four sections to provide a visual representation for students.

Interactive Venn Diagram (Sabrina Pelfrey
Keeps students engaged, allows for collaboration, and helps students build mental maps to better understand concepts.
Classification Chart
(Gates McCarty)
Used before and after reading. similar to a category sort, used to assist students in finding similarities and differences between the topics or categories chosen for the subject you are covering. Can be used with math, reading, science, social studies,etc. pg.58
Word Spokes
(Amber Mckillip)
Word Spokes help teach base words, prefixes, and suffixes.

Word Spoke