Show Notes

It is difficult to have a conversation around English Language Arts instruction without the terms Science of Reading and structured literacy coming up, but what exactly is structured literacy? Structured literacy is a way that all students can acquire literacy skills through lessons that are direct, explicit, appropriately sequenced, systematic, cumulative, and intensive. Each of these elements is crucial for our young learners as they begin their journey as readers. Not only is it important for teachers to address all components of literacy, but the focus of structured literacy aligns almost perfectly with the WV College and Career Readiness standards for ELA at the elementary level, which are broken into five different domains: Early Learning Foundations Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening, and Language.

Today, Becky Lewis switches gears as Maggie Luma interviews her about structured literacy. Becky shares from her previous experiences as a classroom teacher while also sharing research surrounding the topic. She gives great examples of how the different elements that characterize structured literacy work together to help teach our young readers and how her experiences have also helped her have a deeper understanding of structured literacy.

What to Listen for:

  • What is structured literacy?
  • Who benefits from structured literacy instruction?
  • What are the literacy components that make up structured literacy?
  • What is the difference between explicit and direct instruction?
  • What does “sequential and systematic approach” to literacy concepts mean?


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