Academic Literacy in the Classroom

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Academic Literacy in the Classroom

Vincent Bordi
Grand Canyon University: SED 535
February 6, 2013 Abstract
Presented in this paper is a class and student profile concerning literacy traits as observed in a 9th grade health class at Lathrop High School. From classroom observations and personal research the class as a whole was analyzed on how they were able to read and write while also observing the strategies the teacher used to promote these literacy skills. To better understand literacy skills used by the teacher in the classroom there was a meeting between him and I where we discussed different strategies that he incorporates into his lessons. Attached are the observation summaries along with a Venn diagram that is based off one student that was individually observed. Introduction What do you need to know to become an educator for adolescents? It is obviously a requirement to master the content being taught and having the ability to manage a classroom; however educators are sometimes oblivious to one trait and that is teaching literacy. Most information in the secondary classroom is extracted from text and a common misconception is that it is not the responsibility of content instructors to teach literacy. It is often thought teaching how to read and write is up to English teachers while a content educator only needs to focus on their content.
Observed Classroom as Whole From the little time spent observing the classroom a lot of information was gathered on the student’s literacy traits and how it affected their learning. An important factor on literacy development is the teaching strategies the educator uses and the effectiveness those strategies have on students. From what I saw the teacher attempted multiple literacy strategies though he had to alter or abandon them at times in order to get through the lesson. The classroom…...

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