Decades of research shows that background knowledge is the most important factor in reading comprehension. Similarly, writing ability is inextricably linked to knowledge of the topic at hand. Yet our elementary system has long failed to build children’s knowledge from the earliest grade levels, treating literacy as a set of transferable skills. To ensure all children reach their full potential, literacy instruction must begin to include a focus on knowledge as well as skills.
HANDWRITING/WRITTEN LANGUAGE: Identify effective practices and strategies for written language.
READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Examine the effect of age and method of instruction on the development of early literacy.
READING, SKILLS, & STRATEGIES: Examine the role of vocabulary acquisition and ability in listening and reading comprehension, and in speaking and writing.
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.
Disclosure: Lynne Munson is the CEO of Great Minds, developer of the Wit & Wisdom curriculum, which may be discussed during this session. Natalie Wexler and Judith Hochman have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Natalie Wexler is chair of the board of The Writing Revolution. Judith Hochman is founder and chief academic officer of that organization but receives no salary. They are also co-authors of a book titled The Writing Revolution, describing the method, but receive no royalties or other compensation for book sales. The Writing Revolution's method may be discussed during this session. Lynne Munson has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.