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Literacy 2020-2021

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by beckylou_2001, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. beckylou_2001

    beckylou_2001 New commenter

    Hi all, looking for some advice and ideas please! I’m a secondary school teacher in charge of literacy across the curriculum and have to plan my literacy actions for next year. Because we’ve been told to plan for blended learning until February 2021 I’m anxious not to give staff more stress. Has anyone any ideas that would be easily implemented and used at home by KS3 pupils?
  2. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    One of the advantages of Blended Learning (in terms of literacy) is that it will probably require more reading on the part of the students. So, perhaps some guidance to staff about how to scaffold and differentiate reading exercises?
    Also, perhaps providing staff with a document of links to various online webpages they can refer students to in order to address specific literacy issues (e.g. homophones, apostrophes, etc): students could be asked to take a screen shot to demonstrate they have used them.

    In terms of existing resources, if your school is using programmes like Lexia and Accelerated Reader, these should still be accessible online. www.commonlit.org is another really good (free) resource: it allows you to set differentiated reading tasks that are largely self-marking. There's a range of topics there, so it might be that other departments are happy to use it. duolingo is also a good tool to use with EAL students - totally self-marking, adapts to the individual user: all teachers have to do is check students are aquiring XP as proof of use (though teachers can also set tasks through it if they wish).
  3. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    When planning to cover literacy across the curriculum, it's vital for secondary school departments other than English to be given ownership of whatever literacy means to them, otherwise they will see literacy as the preserve of the English department alone. So more bottom-up, less top-down, thinking and action.

    On my website at http://www.specialeducationalneeds.com/home/inclusion, you will find under the heading "Boosting knowledge and skills" and next to the subheading "Basic skills" a number of links, each named after a National Curriculum core or foundation subject and leading to a set of subject-specific documents and resources relating to literacy and numeracy development within that subject. These sources of information and advice have been created by subject specialists with a particular interest in literacy and numeracy.

    As for units of literacy-related work, you may find something usable or adaptable if you follow the "Intervention Units" link under the "Classroom-ready materials" heading on the same web page. I created them years ago to meet the needs of my KS3 students.

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

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