In the course of any given day in an early-elementary classroom, a variety of situations present themselves through which a thoughtful teacher could develop teachable moments. This book provides teachers with the tools to consider those teachable opportunities as literacy moments: brief, authentic, joyful encounters with texts in all forms. Here, teachers learn to nurture joyful readers by infusing their classrooms' daily lives with authentic literacy moments every day. The book is organized into three sections, each section containing three chapters. The first section's chapters focus on creating a ""literacy moments"" learning environment, addressing both the affective and physical domains, as well as the need for teachers to undergo a mindset shift in cultivating their personal reading habits. The second section's chapters emphasize literacy moments for the foundational skills of word recognition and vocabulary development. Here, readers explore the integration of popular culture and the arts into their physical domain, as well as methods for creating and effectively using a print-rich environment. The last section's chapters target literacy moments for developing critical thinking through comprehension processes. The chapters focus on intentionally incorporating literacy moments in each stage of the reading process: pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading.
Every school day holds many opportunities for students to engage in meaningful learning. Dr. Witter-Easley's book Literacy Moments provides teachers with smart strategies for incorporating brief, effective reading and writing experiences. I recommend this practical resource for all elementary classrooms.--Matt Renwick, elementary school principal, blogger (readbyexample.com), and author of Five Myths of Classroom Technology: How Do We Integrate Digital Tools to Truly Enhance Learning? (2015, ASCD)