Middle school students take a moment to read in their technology class.

The following article is a quick debrief of my understanding of the article by Patricia Hillard, PhD, published on November 23, 2016. Literacy Strategies

Many teachers are constantly told to refresh curriculum with content that reflect their students’ interests. While making curriculum relatable is vital to student engagement, it is also important to demystify the idea that literacy can only be addressed in traditional English Language Arts classes. There are three action ideas that spoke to me as a new teacher. I believe these three tasks can be accomplished by any Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher with any groups of students, regardless of their reading test score. Career and Technical Education classes are the perfect outlet for building literacy outside of English class.

As a quick debrief of literacy strategies, the following are my three takeaways:

1. Graphic Organizers. CTE classes utilize a wide range of real-world texts, such as blueprints, technical manuals, computer programs, profit-loss statements, lab reports, and floor plans. Beginning to read through materials like these requires interpretation skills, which can be guided with graphic organizers. With time, students will no longer need graphic organizers and will be able to improve their reading comprehension.

2. Critical Thinking. Survey your students’ ability to think critically with a quick survey. Surveying students will allow teachers to assess your students’ reading progress and see where your students take you!

3. Reflection. Allow students to annotate and write reflection of their reading materials so they have an opportunity to reflect on their readings and relate to their class content.