Effective Instructional Strategies Series

Jennifer Padua, Sharon Look, and Susan Hanson (2011)

The Effective Instructional Strategies Series is a collection of six booklets based on the components used in Pacific Communities with High-performance In Literacy Development (Pacific CHILD), a principles-based professional development program consisting of research-based teaching and learning strategies proven to help improve students’ reading comprehension using informational text.

Text Structure: Cause and Effect is intended to assist practitioners on how to build students’ knowledge on using text structure to improve comprehension. Practitioners will learn about research that supports the use of text structure and what they must include in their instruction so they can be prepared to explicitly teach cause and effect in reading and writing.

Text Features is ubiquitous in nonfiction and informational texts. This booklet will explain the research supporting text features as an important tool to help students better comprehend content area text. The booklet contains several strategies and examples for practitioners to try in their classroom. Top of Form

Interactive Tasks is an instructional approach that promotes the use of language by the teacher and students. Practitioners will learn about research supporting interactive tasks as an effective way for students to learn from each other and how teachers’ use of specific strategies can increase language development and achievement for all students. Top of Form

Growing Professionally provides strategies for job-embedded professional development based on teachers’ needs, which is important to support teachers’ growth. Practitioners learn how school-level activities, principles of adult learning, and key findings from research can be implemented to design a professional development program at their school.

Question Generation shows why questioning is an important tool for all learners. Questioning helps readers fully engage the text, leading to better comprehension. Practitioners learn how to create a questioning environment and use the Question Generation strategy to help students ask text-based questions, turn these ideas into integrative questions, and answer the questions.

Teaching Vocabulary Explicitly offers a systematic approach to implementing effective vocabulary instruction in the classroom. Students face an increased amount of academic vocabulary as they progress through schooling. Teaching Vocabulary Explicitly explains the research supporting vocabulary instruction to support students’ with their reading comprehension.