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a. Formalism

analyzes the formality of a work as opposed to its content such as its grammatical features, mechanics, syntax and other literary devices.

b. Historicism

analyze a text with an eye on history; analyze it with the context it was written in mind.

c. Reader Response

focuses a work based on its effect on the audience or reader (as opposed to other approaches that focus primarily on the author or the content of the work). Focus on interpretation of a work and a reader's "real experience" with it.

d. Shared inquiry

discussion between readers where views are question, shared disputed etc

a. Anticipation Guides

things that readers do initially to get them motivated about the book such as title, cover, pages, print size, etc. Struggling readers need Anticipation Guides to hook them onto the Big Ideas of a text.

b. Contextual Analysis

analyzing a text based on the context of the time period, etc.
c. Informal Reading Inventories - Survey that allows a teacher to discover a student's individual reading needs and abilities. Tests word recognition, word meaning, reading strategies, and comprehension.

d. Metacognition

thinking about your own thinking.

e. Phonics

breaking words down into phonemes and meaning

f. Reading workshops


g. Reciprocal teaching

summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting. The student and teacher take turns being teacher in a dialogue between one another. Helps for students to construct meaning from a text.

h. Semantic feature analysis

a grid that shows you how things connect to one another to bring meaning to each of them.

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