Effective instructional practices and mandated testing demands can coexist if teachers choose methods that not only provide authentic learning experiences, but also prepare students to pass state tests. Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop are two such methods that enable students to practice authentic reading and writing for sustained periods of time while honing their skills.
Historically, comics have been viewed as a "debased or simplified word-based literacy," explains Dale Jacobs, who considers comics to be complex, multimodal texts. Examining Ted Naifeh's "Polly and the Pirates," Jacobs shows how comics can engage students in multiple literacies, furthering meaning-making practices in the classroom and beyond..
Reading a story aloud is a powerful tool that can be used with students of all ages. Stories can help students learn content and create a classroom environment where it is safe to express feelings. Stories also can inspire students. And they can instill a love of reading..