Balanced Literacy 

“Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.”

Where metacognition is “thinking about thinking” and being aware of your learning processes, metacomprehension is judging your own comprehension. For example, after reading a difficult passage of text, you realize that you did not retain a single fact or understand the information. Or if after reading a chapter in a book, you realize you can apply the concepts to your own life and answer questions correctly about the text. 
Student Actions 

✓ Participate in Paideia Seminars 
✓ Take Cornell Notes 
✓ Write as You Read 
✓ Use Frayer Model for Vocabulary 
✓ Create Mind Maps/Inspiration 
✓ Summarize and Reflect 
✓ Teach Someone What You Know 
✓ Focus with Six Way Paragraphs
Read Around the Text

1. Look at the pictures. What ideas are being presented? 
2. Make a prediction. 
3. Look and read the captions. 
4. Look at the maps, charts, and graphs - interpret 
5. Look at the title and headings. What is the big idea? 
6. Read the first and last lines of each paragraph for more information.  
7. Ask questions. What is the purpose of your reading? 
8. Make a connection to prior knowledge or your life. 
9. Visualize in your mind what you are reading.

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