Elaine earned her Masters Degree in Teaching from Columbia University where she remains an Honors Society member. Elaine is well versed in the Common Core for all elementary grades and specializes in K-12 reading. During her 30 year teaching career, she chaired the Middletown New Jersey School District Reading Program and earned her certificate in the Orton-Gillingham Reading. Method. She also tutors the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). Elaine loves tutoring and sincerely cares about each student’s academic success.
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There are different types of reading, including skimming and critical reading. In the first type of reading students just to find specific details or facts without necessarily understanding the bigger picture. In skimming , students may get the main idea but not understand the entire concept. In critical reading, however, students read for deeper meaning. This involves many strategies that students must learn and develop over time. While reading students must ask questions, make connections to their prior knowledge, generate new ideas, and interact with the text. They may need to use context clues to figure out word meanings as well as understand point of view, context, figurative language and symbolism.
Students should be encouraged to highlight words they do not know, box sentences that seem central to the theme, and take notes in the margins. While watching a movie or reading a book with a young child, a parent can ask them what connections they see to other books or movies. This can help them make connections at a young age. Parents should also discuss bias and point of view to help students evaluate information. They can discuss types of bias such as religious, political, economic and cultural. Talking about the author’s purpose with young children can also get students thinking at a young age about author’s intent. It is not too early to discuss symbols in books or movies as well. To help your child use context clues have your child underline the word they do not know and circle keywords in the sentences that give “clues” to the word meaning.
Finally, when your child reaches middle as well as high school, I believe it is crucial to buy the books that they are require to read because when it comes time for the essay if they have spent the time using critical reading strategies, the essay will be so much easier. From many years of tutoring, once a child finishes a book that they have not underlined and taken notes while reading they have to go back to find important quotes and passages which can be very time consuming and overwhelming for any child.
Why is it important to integrate literature across all subject areas to make it more meaningful to students?
I have had students who ask me “Why are we reading this?” They feel as if literature does not relate to their real lives and therefore are less motivated to pay attention and to give their full effort. I think it is our job as teacher to try to connect literature to students’ lives. I also like the idea of allowing students to have some choice in the literature that we read. I may give two or three choices about a specific theme and then have literature circles so students can discuss their reading using guided discussion questions. I believe thematic units also help us to incorporate and connect culturally diverse literature because students can see that across cultures, people face similar challenges and experiences. I agree that thematic units can be a lot of work for the teacher, but on a positive note they can increase teacher collaboration among teachers of different subject matters. In conclusion, I think if we make literature more meaningful to students, they are more likely to become lifelong readers and encourage reading in their future children.
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I was so excited to complete my Lindamood-Bell training for “Seeing Stars” decoding. It was an inspirational training, and I can’t wait to implement it with my students.
I am sure many of you have read a page or ten pages and asked yourself what did you just read? It is very possible for students to physically read the words without comprehending what they read. I highly recommend the following strategies to ensure that your middle or high school student is actively engaged.
1) Make an outline/take notes
2) If at all possible, buy novels so that you can underline, highlight and annotate (take notes) while you read. This will greatly help your child when they must write an essay on the novel.
3) Fold a piece of notebook paper in half and have the student write down questions they have about the material while reading. They should answer the questions on the other side of the paper (Cornell notes).
4) Students should make a personal dictionary of words that they do not know. This will enhance their comprehension as well as prepare them for the SATs/ACTs.
5) Have student write short chapter summaries.
6) Have student writes write predictions before reading each chapter of a novel.