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The Little Book of Literacy Essentials

The Little Book of Literacy Essentials

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The LittleBookof LiteracyEssentials
An Introduction toLiteracy in PrimarySchools
Produced by the Lancashire Literacy Consultants
 
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Contents
Introduction ……………………………………………................................ 2The Teaching Sequence ………………………………………………………. 3-4Speaking, Listening and Drama …………........................................ 5-6Reading ……………………………………………........................................ 7Shared Reading …………………………………....................................... 8Guided Reading ………………………………………………………………….. 9Reading-Aloud …………………………………………………………………… 10The Reading Classroom, Book Boards and Reading Journals .... 11Writing ……………………………………………........................................ 12Shared Writing ………………………………………………………………….. 13Guided Writing ………………………………………………………………….. 14The Working Wall and Writers’ Journals ……………………………. 15Phonics and Spelling …………………………………………………………… 16Literacy in Reception Classes ………………………………………………. 17-18Planning …………………………………………………………………………….. 19Assessment for Learning …………………………………………………….. 20Useful Resources and Websites .………………………………………….. 21Notes …………………………………………………………………………………. 22
 
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Introduction
Before becoming swamped beneath the plethora of resources andguidelines for teaching literacy, take time to stand back and considerwhat it is for.Literacy is the ability to read and writeChildren need to be able to read and write in order to communicateand access information and ideas. So reading and writing are essentiallife skills.But writing is also an art form. As the essential skills are beingmastered they can be applied to create interesting, engaging andpowerful texts that communicate information, ideas, imagery andemotions to the reader. The teaching of literacy therefore, extendsbeyond the teaching of reading and writing skills into the creativeapplication of these skills in writing for a range of purposes andaudiences. And in reading, it is about engaging and immersing thereader in a wide range of high quality texts to be informed,entertained, make sense of themselves and the world around them andappreciate the writer’s craft.The trick in teaching literacy is to combine the teaching of reading andwriting skills within a context that is meaningful, purposeful andcreative. The primary curriculum is packed with content that couldprovide the context for a multitude of writing outcomes. The ability toread and write is not an end in itself. Phonics, grammar andvocabulary are the building blocks of literacy and it is the art of combining these blocks effectively which is the real skill.The following pages in this booklet aim to introduce and summarisethe different aspects of literacy. They are organised under the NationalStrategy headings for the different elements of literacy lessons:
 
Speaking, Listening and Drama
 
Reading – Shared, Guided, Read-aloud, Home
 
Writing – Shared, Guided, Outcomes
 
Phonics and Spelling
 
Assessment for LearningThis booklet does not cover detailed pedagogy of the teaching of reading and writing but is intended to give an overview of theelements of literacy in a Primary School. Detailed guidance for eachaspect of literacy can be found in the relevant DCSF documents, theNational Strategy Literacy Framework site and from talking to andobserving experienced practitioners.

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