Research-Based Literacy Instructional
Strategies for Mathematics and
Science Instruction
Building Excellence in STEM Teaching
Laveria F. Hutchison
Pre-Session Discussion
Presentation of Literacy Strategies
Post-Session Activity with Discussion
State of Texas Data
Hispanic population in Texas is 48.3%
White population in Texas is 33.8%
Black population in Texas is 11.8%
Asian population in Texas is 3.4%
Other (representation of various
languages ) in Texas is 2.7%
Source: U. S. Census 2010, P. L. 94-171.
Note Taking
• Header (Student’s Name, Date, Subject, Topic,
Pages covered from the textbook, Class Period
and additional information)
• For six weeks, teacher provides a listing of
discussion topics (Questions, Statements,
Vocabulary related to the topic)
• Student provides responses
• Student writes a summary paragraph
• Peer Reflections and Edits
Comprehension Monitoring (Brown and Palincsar, 1984)
Predicting from headings, illustrations and text-sources
Mental or Written Images
Link new information with prior knowledge
Verbalize confusing points (re-stating, questioning,
seeking additional information)
Clarifying of Details (Re-reading, asking the teacher or
peers, seeking new data)
Teacher-like Questions
Demonstrations, literacy walls and discussion
Peer Editing of Thinking
Instructional Cycle for Learners
• Preparation (objectives, usage of visual
aids, lesson expectations and examples)
• Instruction (background, vocabulary
development, study guide, strategy usage,
student/teacher interaction, hands-on
materials and pacing/time consideration)
• Review/Assessment (group interaction,
feedback and continuous assessment
Scaffolding Strategies
• Vocabulary Self-Selection
• Selective Reading Guide (Page 389:
Describe binary fission.)
• Discussion Web (Considers relevant and
irrelevant information in word problems)
• Semantic Feature Analysis (Links
background with new information)
Encourage students to think about text
Assist students with evaluating their predictions
Apply learning styles during instruction
Implement and model research-based literacy strategies
Provide opportunities for small group interaction
• Take notes
• Read actively (ask questions, locate responses and
interact with peers)
Going Forward
Professional Development
Assessment Practices (ProjectBased)
Teacher/Action Research
Community of Learners

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