Literacy Strategy Library
By: Linda Moyer
Literacy is an essential skill needed to be successful in education,
the workforce and life in general. As educators, we strive to prepare
our students to become successful and productive members of society.
Surely, reading and writing are vital parts of this process.
Education is the foundation of tomorrow—literacy is the tool needed
to build that foundation. If we subscribe to this philosophy, then as
educators, we must embed reading and writing into our content material.
How can students learn the material if they cannot understand the text?
that not all students come to the classroom with the same background
and that different students learn in a variety of ways, we must begin to
educate each student for who they are. Teachers can use strategies to
serve diverse learning styles and enhance their teaching methods, which
can provide valuable assistance to all students as we look to improve
Literacy strategies are readily accessible through many resources—including the Literacy Library
I have created on the ACTE Web site, with demonstration videos and
reference materials—and can assist teachers in multiple ways. With the
use of strategies students are able to organize material in ways that
improve their comprehension. Strategies can also assess the level of
students’ comprehension, which can show us how best to help them learn.
Once the student has taken in the information they have acquired, they
can evaluate it in a format that is not strictly reading questions and
writing answers. In addition, strategies are especially useful in
motivating students and creating interest in new topics. For students to
see relevance to a topic, they must be able to make connections to
knowledge that they already have. Finally, strategies can provide
students with ways to approach concepts, vocabulary or text, to question
and break down information ultimately to increase levels of
Strategies are necessary tools, which students
need to learn and master in order to find success in the classroom and
the workforce, but more importantly to become lifelong learners and
productive members of society.