The attached document is a brief, albeit wordy, presentation regarding “specific learning disabilities with an emphasis on reading within the context of a high school social studies classroom.” Although written over a year before I entered the classroom for my internship, my interest in literacy spurred me to learn more about reading disabilities. Much of my research yielded results on how to help students with reading difficulties in the classroom. I have made an effort to apply many of the strategies in my classroom. Even for students who are not labeled as having a learning disability in reading, they can benefit from using these strategies. One in particular that has been extremely beneficial as I work with certain students has been the idea of model thinking. By reading aloud and then walking students through my thought process verbally, they begin to see how they can think through some of their struggles.
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The attached documents attest to my ability to deliberately plan lessons in which social studies content is combined with reading and writing strategies. The topic and assessment were carefully chosen based upon a number of factors including state standards in social studies and writing. I also liked the idea of giving students step by step instructions to formulate this essay; reseach shows that determining cause and effect for particular events helps comprehension. Additionally, I felt that the use of graphic organziers could be particularly helpful in this process. By providing students with a well-planned process for how to accomplish their final product, they know what to do in order to succeed and I have integrated reading and writing into the social studies classroom in a meaningful way.