Presenter: Katherine McKnight, Ph.D.
T-TESS Domain: Planning 1.1, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.4 
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Improving content literacy begins with the right tools, and some of those tools might surprise you. In this course, Katherine McKnight, Ph.D., breaks down what is required to help students develop close reading skills for success inside and outside the classroom.

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We take for granted that content literacy requires more than just the ability to read. Students must be equipped with a variety of tools to help improve their reading and comprehension. In Literacy in the 21st Century – Strategies for Teaching Literacy, Katherine McKnight, Ph.D., breaks down these tools and provides practical strategies for helping students develop close reading skills to improve their literacy.

This course will cover:

  • What is close reading?
  • Vocabulary and diction
  • Questioning the author
  • Visualization
  • The five Es for approaching literacy

Presenter Bio

Dr. Katherine McKnight is a dynamic presenter, dedicated teacher, and award-winning author. Dr. McKnight began her career in education over 30 years ago as a middle school and high school English and social studies teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and appointed as Distinguished Professor of Research at National Louis University. In addition to speaking at professional development conferences, she is a regular consultant in schools and classrooms in the United States and Europe.
She is the founder of Engaging Learners, an educational company built around her successful Literacy and Learning Center model. Her work in educational leadership, literacy and student skill development has resulted in unprecedented academic achievement in many struggling schools.
Dr. McKnight has received several awards for her publications and teaching at the university level. She has authored 17 books that support educational strategies to engage all learners. Her titles include the best-selling The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, winner of the 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award. She’s also written The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom, and the twin volumes: Common Core Literacy for Math, Science, and Technical Subjects, and Common Core Literacy for ELA, History/Social Studies, and the Humanities: Strategies to Deepen Content Knowledge – Grades 6-12. 

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25 reviews for Literacy in the 21st Century – Strategies for Teaching Literacy

  1. Sara – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course for middle school teachers.

  2. Esmeralda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative and excellent ideas to incorporate in the classroom

  3. Rebecca – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    This course presented a variety of reading activities

  4. Rebecca E – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    interesting on different strategies to apply

  5. Nora – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    Very good insight in comprehension strategies

  6. Laura – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting and engaging.

  7. Dalia – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    Geared more to secondary not elementary.

  8. Jennifer – SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (verified owner)

    I think it was a good course overall. A lot of info. was presented in a short time along with graphic organizers. I wish each organizer could have been explained a little more.

  9. Jenny – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    It was good.

  10. Michael – MERCEDES ISD (verified owner)

    Great strategies.

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