North’s Reading and Writing Connections utilize research-based
instructional strategies to help students develop essential skills
as they delve deeply into their understanding of the world through
texts with real people, events, and issues. The lessons that accompany
reading selections incorporate engaging experiences that foster deep
levels of understanding.
What are Instructional
Instructional strategies are methods that educators use to help students
engage in learning. Best Practice Strategies provide for optimal engagement
that develops enduring learning. Journey North’s lessons and
activities provide teachers with a wealth of resources that engage
students in real world investigations that integrate core instructional
are Reading Strategies?
Reading strategies are specific actions readers take to make meaning
from text. Reading is like a conversation between an author and a
reader. Authors make decisions about how to effectively communicate
through a piece of writing. Readers use specific strategies to help
them understand what authors are trying to communicate.
Practice Instruction of Reading Strategies
Informational texts permeate our everyday lives. To become reflective
readers and writers, students need extensive and intensive experience
with engaging, high-interest selections. Strategies need to be modeled
through many examples. Students need guided practice with authentic
reading materials as they are learning how to use each strategy. They
also need opportunities for independent application of the strategies.