The Literacy Dive Podcast: Reading and Writing Strategies for Upper Elementary Teachers and Parents

Megan Polk, Literacy Specialist, Elementary Teacher

Do you find yourself seeking new implementations when it comes to literacy instruction? Do you crave fresh ideas and engaging lessons to transform your students into skilled readers and writers? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to provide educators, like you, with actionable steps and strategies to improve teaching reading and writing.  Your host, Megan Polk, is the creator and owner of The Literacy Dive, a company that creates educational, literacy curriculum that aims to close the gap and support children in reaching mastery. Being a literacy specialist and having over a decade of teaching grades K-5, Megan knows the power of collaboration and working alongside teachers and parents to provide them with the support, confidence, and resources they need to meet students where they are. Dive in each Monday as Megan and her guests unpack an element of literacy or various topics relatable to educators. Here are some topics covered in this literacy podcast: writing strategies, reading comprehension, the writing process, the science of reading, and small group instruction. Tune in on your favorite podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Amazon, and more! If you enjoy this podcast and find the content helpful, please consider leaving a rating, feedback review, and/or sharing this podcast with a friend! read less
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161. Strategies for Gradually Increasing Writing Time and Complexity
6d ago
161. Strategies for Gradually Increasing Writing Time and Complexity
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been diving into the topic of student writing stamina. We’ve explored strategies to keep students engaged in writing, challenges students face while they’re writing, and how to build stamina through practices implemented in the classroom. By having all this background information and fresh new ideas on ways to keep them engaged, it’s time to create natural ways to increase the writing time of your students. So, in the last episode of our series, I’m sharing eight strategies that will gradually increase student writing time and the complexity of their work. As we talk about how to increase student writing time, it’s important to keep in mind that we’re striving for more than just length of time. This can also mean increasing the number of sentences a student writes, a specific amount of words in their writing, or the types of sentences a student incorporates into their written work. I share that the goals and level of your students determine what you increase during your students’ writing time. Each of the eight strategies is designed to increase the time, words, or sentences naturally and slowly over time. With each strategy, I also include specific examples and activities to use with each one to seamlessly implement in your literacy block. Knowing various ways to increase student writing time is going to ensure it’s a natural process as students work towards their own writing goals as it pertains to stamina. By incorporating these eight strategies that are simple and practical, with consistency in a structured, supportive and engaging manner, your students will begin to build their writing stamina and endurance. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode161Resources Mentioned:Daily Writing DisguiseCreative Writing ActivitiesMonthly Writing PromptsVocabulary Writing PromptsWriting Process Anchor Charts & ChecklistsEpisode 160, 4 Ways to Increase Writing EnduranceEpisode 159, Writing Stamina: 6 Challenges Students Face and How to Help ThemConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts
160. 4 Ways to Increase Writing Endurance
Feb 19 2024
160. 4 Ways to Increase Writing Endurance
In last week’s episode, we learned that writing stamina is built over time and includes more than just an amount of time, but when students are actively engaged in a particular writing task. Since having writing stamina can be difficult for students, I wanted to create a series that provided teachers with strategies that improved a student’s writing stamina and developed their writing skills at the same time. So in the second episode in the series, I’m sharing four ways you can increase writing endurance within your students.In order to increase writing endurance within your students, several things are required from not only your students but yourself as the teacher. Knowing the role you play in increasing their endurance and developing their skills is going to help your students succeed and become independent writers. I share four ways what this can look like in your classroom or literacy block without taking up an extended amount of time or changing your entire curriculum. Getting your students to write in general can be challenging, but especially for an extended period of time while fully engaged. By implementing these strategies to increase writing endurance, you ensure that students will get the practice they need to positively grow their stamina and skills. Stay tuned to next week’s episode, the last in the series, on how to gradually increase the writing time and complexity of which your students are writing. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode160Resources Mentioned:Daily Writing DisguiseCreative Writing ActivitiesWriting Office FoldersWriting Reference HelpersWriting Process ChecklistsDescriptive Writing Anchor ChartsEpisode 159, Writing Stamina: 6 Challenges Students Face and How to Help ThemConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
159. Writing Stamina: 6 Challenges Students Face and How to Help Them
Feb 12 2024
159. Writing Stamina: 6 Challenges Students Face and How to Help Them
I am passionate about literacy, especially finding creative and engaging ways to get students writing. However, none of that matters if their writing stamina is low. I know from my experience being in the classroom, that so many of my students didn’t have the writing endurance for longer pieces of writing, which meant I had to come up with ways to increase their stamina over time. In the first episode in a series about writing stamina, I’m sharing six writing stamina challenges and strategies that support them to increase their stamina.When I use the phrase "writing stamina", I’m referring to more than just duration, but having students maintain their writing quality and engagement throughout their writing session. I break down this into three components and discuss why they need to work together to increase a student’s writing stamina. But when it comes to writing, students always face difficulties. Therefore, I highlight six main writing stamina challenges, why or how it’s a challenge, and strategies to implement that support each challenge.Although making sure a student has good writing stamina might not seem like a big deal, it has an impact on their academic success. This includes standardized tests and their development of writing skills, which is why identifying students’ writing stamina challenges and understanding why it’s necessary to focus on is so important. Stay tuned to next week’s episode where I explore ways to build writing endurance with practical tips. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode159Resources Mentioned:Daily Writing Disguise Creative Writing Activities on TPTMonthly Writing PromptsVocabulary Writing PromptsDescriptive Writing Anchor ChartsConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
158. 5 Podcasts You Should be Listening to in 2024
Feb 5 2024
158. 5 Podcasts You Should be Listening to in 2024
Podcasts are one of the fastest growing platforms to gain information in a short amount of time. I obviously love the idea of podcasts and how it can reach so many people with a variety of topics. With the availability that it brings, there are so many opportunities to make listening to podcasts part of your daily life. I want to help you discover new podcasts, so in today’s episode, I’m sharing five teacher podcasts that you should be listening to in 2024. I personally love each of the teacher podcasts I’m sharing with you today. I’ve either been a guest on their podcast or they’ve been a guest on mine. Each of these podcasts uplift teachers while providing applicable strategies and tips you can use in your classrooms. After introducing each host behind the podcast, I give a target audience, and a brief summary of a must listen-to episode of theirs. There are so many teacher podcasts out there, which is why I wanted to give you a list of five top-notch ones to add to your list. Listening to podcasts directed toward teacher topics is an easy way to gain fresh ideas and ways to streamline your classroom management. So be sure to add these teacher podcasts to make your classroom in 2024 fresh and engaging! Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode158Resources Mentioned:Vocabulary Writing Prompts SamplerThe Literacy Lounge PodcastTeacher Approved PodcastWife Teacher Mommy PodcastThe Resilient Teacher PodcastConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
157. Sensory Storytelling: Using Sensory Details to Bring Writing to Life
Jan 29 2024
157. Sensory Storytelling: Using Sensory Details to Bring Writing to Life
Over the last month I’ve been sharing different ways you can engage your students in that helps develop their simple sentences into more detailed and complex sentences. With this being the final episode in the series, I’m finally covering my favorite way to bring writing to life, which is by using sensory details to create sensory storytelling. Using sensory details in your writing engages the reader and paints a clear and vivid picture in your reader’s mind. The way it creates an image is by using descriptive elements that speak to our senses, which are hear, smell, taste, sight, and touch. With this being the target goal for every writer, I dive into the precise steps you need to take in your classroom to best teach this form of descriptive writing. I also share sample sentences you can use directly with your students to show how to add sensory details that bring their writing to life.It’s no question why this form of descriptive writing is my absolute favorite. By adding sensory details to create sensory storytelling, you are creating an immersive experience for the reader that paints a picture as if they were living it. After listening to this sentence expansion series, I hope it encourages and shows you simple yet effective ways to add details to simple sentences. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode157Resources Mentioned:Vocabulary Writing Prompts SamplerDescriptive Writing Charts Bundle Writing Reference HelperEpisode 156, Enhancing Sentences with Prepositions [Sentence Expansion Series]Episode 155, Joining Forces: Combining Sentences with Conjunctions (Sentence Expansion Series)Episode 154, Make Writing Come to Life with the 5Ws and H Strategy [Sentence Expansion Series]Episode 153, Using Adjectives and Adverbs to Brighten Up Student Writing [Sentence Expansion Series]Connect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
156. Enhancing Sentences with Prepositions [Sentence Expansion Series]
Jan 22 2024
156. Enhancing Sentences with Prepositions [Sentence Expansion Series]
We are now well into our series on how to enhance simple sentences using a variety of descriptive strategies. What I love about each new idea is that these are grammar concepts you teach your students, but now you’re able to dive deeper and use them in a whole new way. In today’s episode, I’m sharing another strategy which is using prepositions to enrich simple sentences.Simply put, prepositions are words that show the relationship between elements in a sentence. While there are over 150 prepositions that we use, there are only a handful that are most commonly used in our language. Not only do I share the most common, but I also provide the different types of prepositions. Knowing the different types is important because it shows how to properly use prepositions in writing that add context and depth to otherwise simple sentences. In order to implement successfully, I provide the exact steps and sample examples for using prepositions with your students in your own classroom.Prepositional phrases offer a way to add layers of meaning, context, and depth to basic sentences, which is another strategy you can add to your toolbox from this series. At first you may not have connected using prepositions to enhance sentences, but after this episode, you can definitely see the connection!Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode156Resources Mentioned:Vocabulary Writing Prompts SamplerDescriptive Writing Charts Bundle Writing Reference HelperEpisode 155, Joining Forces: Combining Sentences with Conjunctions (Sentence Expansion Series)Episode 154, Make Writing Come to Life with the 5Ws and H Strategy [Sentence Expansion Series]Episode 153, Using Adjectives and Adverbs to Brighten Up Student Writing [Sentence Expansion Series]Connect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
155. Joining Forces: Combining Sentences with Conjunctions [Sentence Expansion Series]
Jan 15 2024
155. Joining Forces: Combining Sentences with Conjunctions [Sentence Expansion Series]
Over the last two weeks, I’ve been discussing different strategies that help with sentence expansion. In today’s episode, I’m sharing the third strategy in this series. Just like the previous two strategies, you might have already talked about and taught this particular skill, but I challenge you to intentionally have your students use it in their writing. Using conjunctions to combine sentences is the topic I’m discussing today, along with the different types and ways to use them in student writing. So we’re on the same page, conjunctions are words that link other words, phrases, and clauses together. For students to have success using conjunctions to expand their sentences, they need to have an understanding of what they are and what each conjunction means. Therefore, I highlight three different types of conjunctions and further explain their purpose and examples on how to use them when combining sentences. Just like with the other two strategies, I provide action steps on how to implement in your classroom, along with sample sentences you can directly use with your students. In wanting students to develop and grow in sentence writing, using conjunctions is the perfect way to achieve that. Conjunctions combine ideas and allow for more complex expression and communication when speaking or in written form. After today’s episode, using conjunctions is another strategy you can use with your students to help expand their sentences. Stay tuned to next week’s episode for another strategy to add to your toolbox! Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode155Resources Mentioned:Vocabulary Writing Prompts SamplerDescriptive Writing Charts Bundle Writing Reference HelperEpisode 154, Make Writing Come to Life with the 5Ws and H Strategy [Sentence Expansion Series]Episode 153, Using Adjectives and Adverbs to Brighten Up Student Writing [Sentence Expansion Series]Connect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
154. Make Writing Come to Life with the 5Ws and H Strategy [Sentence Expansion Series]
Jan 8 2024
154. Make Writing Come to Life with the 5Ws and H Strategy [Sentence Expansion Series]
This series is all about how to easily get students to expand their sentences by adding details to their basic sentences. Last week’s strategy was all about adding the 2 A’s, adjectives and adverbs, to create a story and description. But today’s strategy also serves a greater purpose than just sentence expansion. In today’s episode, I’m discussing how to add the 5Ws and H strategy to your students’ sentence writing.When students write their initial simple sentence, adding in the 5Ws and H strategy helps add information, depth, context, and interest to their sentence. It requires students to answer the who, what, when, where, why, and how about the subject. To assist in implementing in your classroom, I provide four main steps and one additional step that you can easily use with your students to model and practice the 5Ws and H strategy. Additionally, I share three examples that you can put into action when implementing during your writing block.Not only will students expand their sentences with this strategy, but it also serves the purpose of thinking, questioning, and understanding on how to add details and information. If your students are struggling on how to add details to their sentences, this 5Ws and H strategy can be easily used by your students today! Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode154Resources Mentioned:Vocabulary Writing Prompts SamplerDescriptive Writing Charts Bundle Writing Reference HelperEpisode 153, Using Adjectives and Adverbs to Brighten Up Student Writing [Sentence Expansion Series]Connect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
153. Using Adjectives and Adverbs to Brighten Up Student Writing [Sentence Expansion Series]
Jan 1 2024
153. Using Adjectives and Adverbs to Brighten Up Student Writing [Sentence Expansion Series]
Happy New Year, my friends! Let's jump-start 2024 with some practical and easy strategies to expand student sentences. At the beginning of the year, our goal is for students to write a complete sentence, but our goal at the end of the year is for them to add meaningful details to those sentences. And while that might seem challenging, I’ve come up with easy ways to make this achievable for your students.Since I really want you to listen, understand, and actively try the strategies I’m sharing, in this series on sentence expansion, I’m going to be sharing one strategy per episode. This will give you an opportunity to process and implement during your school week before trying another. So in the first episode of this series, I’m sharing how using adjectives and adverbs helps with expanding sentences in student writing.This simple strategy has a great impact that provides students with concrete ways to add details to their otherwise plain sentences. In order for you to effectively implement this in your classroom, I share an easy five-step process that involves using student sentences as examples and discussions to evaluate the difference. Additionally, I share examples of how to put expanding sentences into practice.As literacy teachers, we truly want our students to enjoy writing and have their writing come to life and the only way to do that is by adding details to paint a picture. By adding more adjectives and adverbs, students will be expanding sentences independently which ultimately improves their writing. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode153Resources Mentioned:Vocabulary Writing Prompts SamplerDescriptive Writing Charts Bundle Writing Reference HelperConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
151. Differentiated Instruction for ELLs: Scaffolding Techniques for All Levels with Beth Vaucher
Dec 18 2023
151. Differentiated Instruction for ELLs: Scaffolding Techniques for All Levels with Beth Vaucher
We discuss all the time the difficulty that students have when it comes to writing and getting their ideas out on paper. But now imagine English isn’t your first language. The challenge now becomes greater, but there’s a way to meet their needs. This is through using scaffolds with your writing. In a special episode from Beth Vaucher of the Equipping ELLs podcast, she’s sharing how to use different scaffolding strategies with all language levels.Beth is an expert in strategies, resources, and tips for meeting the diverse needs of your English language learners. She walks you through three effective scaffolding strategies and how to take one standard and modify the scaffold to support all five language levels. While you have probably heard of these scaffolding strategies before, it’s important to build up your toolbox in order to effectively support your students in the area of writing. When you become an expert in these scaffolding strategies, you can start applying them in any language group you’re working with so they can start interacting with the materials. Beth does a great job at sharing the practical application of each scaffolding strategy so you can effectively use with all five language levels if they exist in your classroom and modify them to meet the needs of your students. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode151Resources Mentioned:Vocabulary Writing Prompts SamplerFREEBIE: Using Scaffolds to Support Your ELLsEpisode 31, Writing Strategies to Support Your ELL Students with Beth VaucherConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
150. Sure-Fire Strategies for Engaging Reluctant Writers
Dec 11 2023
150. Sure-Fire Strategies for Engaging Reluctant Writers
We all have those students who don’t like writing and have a lot of negative emotions surrounding writing in general. Even though winter break is coming coon, there are still things you can either try during these last few weeks or implement when you return in January. But either way, we want our students interested and engaged in writing. So in today’s episode, I’m sharing five strategies for engaging reluctant writers and some bonus tips for disguising writing. These strategies that I share are for creative writing and can easily be added or incorporated into your existing routine to spark desire for student writing. Some ways for engaging reluctant writers include including student interests, making shared time a natural and consistent occurrence, designating a special place, and involving yourself during student writing time. Each idea encourages student writing, makes connections, and creates positive feelings towards writing.Implementing all of these ideas can be overwhelming, so I encourage you to focus on a few to start engaging reluctant writers during your writing block. Whether you choose to use these strategies before the break or when you return to school, make sure to check out my writing resources to get you started and develop a students’ love for writing! Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode150Resources Mentioned:Free Writing PromptsFree Creative Writing Activities SamplerVocabulary Writing Prompts SamplerConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
149. Reading Beyond the Words: Active Reading Strategies for Student Understanding
Dec 4 2023
149. Reading Beyond the Words: Active Reading Strategies for Student Understanding
Do you ever see students reading in your classroom that have great fluency and can recall the words on the page, but can’t give any details about what happened in the text? If this describes students in your classroom, it’s time to implement active reading strategies. This comprehension strategy is used to evaluate a students’ understanding of a text. In this episode, I’m sharing five active reading strategies that you implement in your classrooms today.Each active reading strategy asks students to interact with a text on a deeper level. They require students to make predictions, identify key concepts, draw conclusions, look at what they notice about the text, reflect, and more. You will notice that each strategy builds on top of or compliments one another. By working together, they help students reinforce their understanding and make it easier for them to recall that information at a later time.Our goal as literacy teachers is to improve a student’s comprehension, which these active reading strategies do. When you implement these in your classroom, you’re helping students take a step forward with text retention and improvement on understanding the material. By starting with these five active reading strategies, you can then explore other engagement strategies to improve student comprehension. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode149Resources Mentioned:Join The Daily Writing DisguiseVocabulary Writing Prompts FREE SampleVocabulary Writing PromptsWriting Prompts Free SampleSmall Group Reading Skills Activity SetsReading Reference HelpersReading Skills Anchor ChartsConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
148. Merging Vocabulary with Writing: A Powerful Execution
Nov 27 2023
148. Merging Vocabulary with Writing: A Powerful Execution
I’ve loved going through the different stages of vocabulary from a basic understanding, misconceptions, strategies, and now how to use it as an emphasis in student writing. When we can merge vocabulary with writing, it’s an opportunity for students to use their literacy skills in writing, while also simulating real world communication and relevance. In the last episode in our series about vocabulary, I’m diving into the benefits of merging vocabulary with writing and the impacts it can have on your students. Through this series, you’ve learned why vocabulary is so important to incorporate in your classroom. As it pertains to student writing, it elevates the quality of writing students can produce, while gaining an understanding of how their language choices can be used to communicate with their audience, purpose, or context of writing. With the use of examples and vivid analogies, I show how merging vocabulary with writing also impacts the genre of writing a student produces and its real world application.Vocabulary is truly a way to engage readers and communicate effectively for an intended purpose. When merging vocabulary with writing, your students begin to have a deeper understanding of the power of language and communication skills. After this series, I hope you intentionally introduce and utilize vocabulary in your classroom, for it can have lasting impacts on your students. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode148Resources Mentioned:Join The Daily Writing DisguiseVocabulary Writing Prompts FREE SampleVocabulary Writing PromptsWriting Prompts Free SampleDescriptive Writing BundleEpisode 147, Strategies for Seamless Vocabulary Integration in the ClassroomEpisode 146, Debunking 4 Vocabulary Myths and Misconceptions in the Upper Elementary ClassroomEpisode 145, Unpacking the Role of Vocabulary AcquisitionConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
147. Strategies for Seamless Vocabulary Integration in the Classroom
Nov 20 2023
147. Strategies for Seamless Vocabulary Integration in the Classroom
Over the last few weeks, we’ve done a complete deep dive into vocabulary acquisition, its importance, and debunking common myths and misconceptions. Now that we covered the background information, in part three of this series, it’s time to discuss practical vocabulary strategies. In today’s episode, I’m sharing how to seamlessly integrate vocabulary strategies in your classroom and already existing daily curriculum. In order for information to permanently stick in a person’s brain, they need multiple exposures and interactions. So the more we integrate vocabulary strategies throughout our day and through cross-curricular, the deeper their understanding and meaning of words will be. Throughout the episode, I share copious amounts of vocabulary strategies that range from games, visuals, technology, and thematic or content related ways to naturally incorporate vocabulary. Deepening vocabulary acquisition is not a one size fits all approach, which is why finding ways to make connections with words is so critical. When you can start to integrate vocabulary strategies seamlessly in your classroom, your students will be able to interact and use words organically in their writing and daily discussions. Stay tuned to next week’s episode, which is our last in the series! Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode147Resources Mentioned:Join The Daily Writing DisguiseVocabulary Writing Prompts FREE SampleVocabulary Writing PromptsThesaurus ChartsThesaurus WebsiteDictionary WebsiteEpisode 146, Debunking 4 Vocabulary Myths and Misconceptions in the Upper Elementary ClassroomEpisode 145, Unpacking the Role of Vocabulary AcquisitionConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
146. Debunking 4 Vocabulary Myths and Misconceptions in the Upper Elementary Classroom
Nov 13 2023
146. Debunking 4 Vocabulary Myths and Misconceptions in the Upper Elementary Classroom
Last week I brought attention to vocabulary acquisition and the importance of expanding your students’ vocabulary toolbox. But before you start incorporating more vocabulary into your instructional day, I wanted to bring awareness to some common vocabulary myths and misconceptions as you focus on this in your upper elementary classrooms. So in today’s episode, I’m debunking vocabulary myths and highlighting the need for structured vocabulary instruction, along with different ways to embed vocabulary.Reading and memorization were always the standard ways for teaching vocabulary, but we have since learned those aren’t effective ways to learn new vocabulary words. Instead, incorporating vocabulary in discussions, stories, and explicit instruction will make vocabulary more memorable and meaningful for students. Additionally, I provide examples on how using vocabulary in context creates a deeper understanding of the word. In order to expand a student’s vocabulary, it’s more than just exposure while reading texts. It’s actually intentional instruction with application as the end result. By knowing common vocabulary myths and how to teach it effectively, your students will have more vocabulary words in their toolbox and use it in other contexts. Stay tuned to next week’s episode where I dive into strategies and actionable tips for vocabulary!Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode146Resources Mentioned:Join The Daily Writing DisguiseVocabulary Writing Prompts FREE SampleVocabulary Writing PromptsEpisode 145, Unpacking the Role of Vocabulary AcquisitionConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
145. Unpacking the Role of Vocabulary Acquisition
Nov 6 2023
145. Unpacking the Role of Vocabulary Acquisition
One of our biggest roles as literacy teachers is to improve their comprehension skills. However, we rarely focus on the one component that gives students the foundation of comprehension, which is vocabulary. Vocabulary is so much more than just words, for it transforms a story and is the key to communication. So in today’s episode, I’m sharing the role vocabulary acquisition has in your upper elementary classroom and the impact it has on students. At an initial glance, vocabulary seems to only affect reading and writing, but it truly does have an impact on all other subject areas as well. By being intentional about vocabulary acquisition, you will be creating an experience that involves students and an opportunity for a deeper level of comprehension and understanding. When students add vocabulary words to their toolbox, they are able to make connections that add to their overall learning experience. Knowing how to deepen a students’ vocabulary acquisition will directly impact their reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking, and interpersonal communication. With this critical background information, you will now be able to add to your knowledge with strategies and various methods for students to receive vocabulary. Stay tuned to next week’s episode where I discuss myths and misconceptions surrounding vocabulary. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode145Resources Mentioned:Join The Daily Writing DisguiseVocabulary Writing Prompts FREE SampleVocabulary Writing PromptsConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
144. Boost Daily Reading and Writing Excitement with This Spontaneous Routine
Oct 30 2023
144. Boost Daily Reading and Writing Excitement with This Spontaneous Routine
Are you looking for fun, creative, and engaging ways to get your students excited about reading and writing? If so, this is the episode for you! I love coming up with creative ways that spark student engagement, and this time, they’re spontaneous activities that include reading and writing. So I’m sharing how two activities boost daily reading and writing excitement in your elementary classrooms.I came to the conclusion that if I want students to enjoy reading and writing, I need to create opportunities that sparked joy in both of those areas. With that in mind, I remembered an activity from back when I was in school and adapted it to incorporate daily reading and writing that’s spontaneous and fun. With each routine, I discuss the importance of it, benefits, the structure and expectations, and how to easily implement it in your classroom.We always create and develop lessons that focus on practicing and mastering literacy skills, but never develop ways that spark an initial love for literacy. However, with these two routines, you can spontaneously incorporate daily reading and writing in a way that increases their excitement and engagement with literacy. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode144Resources Mentioned:Join The Daily Writing DisguiseWriting Center Posters and Writing PaperQuick Write Creative Writing ActivitiesWould You Rather Creative Writing ActivitiesPick 4 Writing Creative Writing Activities Building Words Creative Writing Activities Connect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
143. Level Up Reading Comprehension Strategies with 11 Think-Aloud Prompts
Oct 23 2023
143. Level Up Reading Comprehension Strategies with 11 Think-Aloud Prompts
Our goal as literacy teachers is to develop skilled readers and writers, so we often implement strategies that have students work on those skills. And while those strategies are effective and work, for our struggling readers, it may not be enough. Therefore, by incorporating a think-aloud strategy, your students will be able to hear and see how a skilled reader interprets a text. In this episode, I’m sharing 11 think-aloud prompts that will level up your students’ reading comprehension.Using a think-aloud strategy, teachers pause and share what they’re thinking while reading a text, which can include prediction, analysis, synthesis, and more. We want students' internal processing to become automatic, which is why it’s important to implement this strategy during times when it’s natural to think critically about texts. During those times, I also discuss what you should model, how to incorporate this think-aloud strategy, and examples that demonstrate how to model it with your students.Incorporating this think-aloud strategy effectively will require you to be aware of your own thought processes while reading and verbalize them in a way that is accessible to students. By pausing for intentional think-alouds, you can share your thoughts to help all readers think critically about a text and level up their reading comprehension. Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode143Resources Mentioned:Join The Daily Writing DisguiseMonthly Writing Prompts Free SampleConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here
142. Using Graphic Organizers to Support Quality Written Responses
Oct 16 2023
142. Using Graphic Organizers to Support Quality Written Responses
As literacy teachers, our goal is to develop skilled readers and writers. And although we want our students to be independent in these areas, providing them support actually helps them master literacy skills to become independent. One of my favorite ways to support my students in writing is through using graphic organizers. In this episode, I’m sharing why using graphic organizers can be used to support quality written responses.There is so much power in using simple supports that scaffold students into writing about reading. Graphic organizers are an easy support for students while also benefiting them as they structure their ideas to easily craft a written response. In order for you to use graphic organizers in the most effective way, I outline my process as to how I introduce them to students, ways students interact with them, and how it ultimately creates a well-developed written response. In upper elementary, we want our students to be strong in their written responses in regard to reading. As I’ve established, using graphic organizers is one of the best ways to do that. These visual tools provide a clear framework for analyzing texts and generating thoughtful responses. So, take some time this week and implement and practice written responses using graphic organizers and see your students thrive in their writing skills.Show Notes: https://theliteracydive.com/episode142Resources Mentioned:Join The Daily Writing DisguiseReading Graphic Organizers for Reading Skills and Reading StrategiesMonthly Writing Prompts Free SampleConnect with Me:Join The Daily Writing Disguise Membership hereShop my TpT store hereCheck out TDWD Collections hereReceive emails from me hereFollow me on Instagram hereRead my blog posts here