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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

T38 - Beyond Vocabulary: Creating Lessons That Will Develop the Language Skills Needed to Read, Write, and Comprehend Complex Text

Nov 9, 2017 3:45pm ‐ Nov 9, 2017 4:45pm

Standard: $20.00


The Common Core Sate Standards require teachers to develop the skills students need to interact with increasingly complex text. How can teachers support students ability to read, write, and comprehend complex text without losing focus of the curriculum in their content areas? Science, history, and other subjects present major challenges to students, and a great part of this challenge is linguistic. This session helps teachers learn how to develop lessons that will help support their students ability to read, write, and comprehend the complex text in their content areas.

Learning Outcomes:

  • READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Outline the critical components for proficient reading including language development, phonological awareness, decoding, fluency and comprehension.
  • RESEARCH: Examine research findings and implications for practice relevant to students with dyslexia and other language learning disabilities.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Examine effective practices for teaching specific language comprehension strategies for the students who are struggling with reading.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Examine the conditions under which teachers can learn and apply understandings of language and literacy to more effective instruction of “at risk” students.
  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Identify effective practices and speech/language strategies for reading, written language, math and content area instruction.

Disclosure: Helen Mannion and Kathleen Koehler have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


  • Kathleen Koehler, Language Arts Teacher
  • Helen Mannion, M.A., CALT, Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Teacher Training, Delaware Valley Friends School

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