The alphabetic principle is a critical skill that involves connecting letters with their sounds to read and write. Learning and applying the alphabetic principle takes time and is difficult for most children. Explicit phonics instruction and extensive practice are important when teaching children to learn the alphabetic principle.
Use this discussion framework to provide in-service training on teaching comprehension strategies. During this session, secondary teachers will work in the larger group and in small groups to deepen their understanding of strategies for teaching reading comprehension across content areas.
Dr. Curtis describes explicit vocabulary instruction and provides classroom examples, talks about key strategies students can learn to make them independent vocabulary learners, and explains why it is important to provide explicit vocabulary instruction in content area classes as well as reading and language arts classes.