Here are some supplemental comments on Topics 3 and 4:
As we approach midterm/public commentary being due next Thurs, please be sure to have your references reviewed by me (send the references list in proper APA as soon as possible). You need to be sure to look carefully at the sample public commentary for proper format and use of hyperlinks to cite https://furman.app.box.com/s/ma1i22fpy8mbsyvr0pmis8w70w4qhbyi/folder/112510925304
You may need to link to the abstract of your scholarly sources for the public commentary since they may not be open to the public, but *do not* use the hyperlinks to the FU library search or your unique access through FU. Strong online sources are useful for the public commentary citations also.
Look at Op/Eds and Commentaries in newspapers for some models, the NYT, Washington Post, The State, The Greenville News, USA Today, etc.
Speak in the public commentary as an expert, use your voice as an educator, but focus on a public audience who is not expert in your topic. Your lit review is an academic piece written for academic so your purpose and audiences will be different in the two writing projects.
Some of my previous Op/Eds for The State are here https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/?s=the+state
Your first full draft (submit as if you will not be allowed to revise) is due as your midterm, *but* you are encouraged to have me provide feedback on drafts before you submit *and* you *must* revise/resubmit after I provide feedback on the one submitted for midterm and resubmit in the final portfolio.
Here are some posts of mine on BL that help clarify what is *should* mean and how it is misused, misunderstood, and incorrectly called a failure:
The Problem with Balanced Literacy https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/the-problem-with-balanced-literacy/
Attack on “Balanced Literacy” Is Attack on Professional Teachers, Research https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/attack-on-balanced-literacy-is-attack-on-professional-teachers-research/
Did Balance Literacy Fail to Teach Your Child to Read? https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/did-balance-literacy-fail-to-teach-your-child-to-read/
I usually emphasize the article “How Language Is Learned” by Kiel because she stresses the holistic nature of literacy.
I urge you all to consider how it is *efficient* to address parts of literacy in isolation (vocabulary, phonics, grammar, etc.) but that starting with parts and building to a whole is *ineffective* because we are not literate in pieces but with all the aspects of literacy working somewhat simultaneously.
Here are some posts on direct instruction that I think can help you better understand what we mean about teaching holistically with each student’s needs in mind:
Reclaiming “Direct Instruction” https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/reclaiming-direct-instruction
Everyone Learns to Read from Direct Instruction https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/everyone-learns-to-read-from-direct-instruction/
Beyond Caricatures: On Dewey, Freire, and Direct Instruction (Again) https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/beyond-caricatures-on-dewey-freire-and-direct-instruction-again/
Revisiting Content and Direct Instruction https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/revisiting-content-and-direct-instruction/