Tomorrow, I will be starting a book study with eight teachers focusing on the book, Subjects Matter by Harvey Daniels. We are reading chapters 1-3 and discussing key foundations for integrating disciplinary literacy into all content areas. After our discussion, I have planned to share three BIG frontloading strategies that help students pay attention to WHERE you want to focus their learning when given a specific text to read. The first frontloading strategy is called a text tour, which is a streamlined chapter tour.
I have created this text tour anchor chart with an easy acronym to help students remember the process. Students are given a text selection and a recording sheet, and instructed to take 5-10 minutes to preview the text selection discussing the following areas:
- Tell about the pictures and graphics.
- Observe and consider captions and headings.
- Use text questions to think bout the big idea(s) for this text.
- Read the first and last paragraphs. What did you learn?