Some Ideas about Teaching
You could, and should, build
literacy into every part of a lesson.
The key is to identify the required literacy element in your lesson
objectives - not just spellings, but capitalisation, apostrophes etc.
1. You might 'do' that element of literacy for your
2. You could angle one of the tasks you set during the
main body of the lesson to the literacy
skill in question. So if, for instance, you were doing active and passive
tense of verbs, you could make one of your pairs exercises to go through the
textbook passage you were studying and identify n active verbs.
3. Most of all - and without disrupting the History element of your lesson
AT ALL - particularly with younger or less able pupils - you could set the
literacy skill into the written task of
the lesson. Thus, if you were doing active and passive verbs, you could type
out the notes you wanted them to make in active tense, but they would have
to convert them into passive tense (or from present into past, or adding
apostrophes, or adding capitals in the right places etc. etc., depending on
the literacy skill identified).
To be outspoken, all three of these elements should be occurring regularly
in all History lessons, especially with less able and younger pupils, and if
it wasn't and I were the HoD I would want to know why it wasn't.
Posted on: Mar 13 2006,