Anita Archer Strategic Literacy Videos

Dr. Anita Archer is a talented author and beloved teacher of teachers. This video series is one of her many gifts to the educational community. The series addresses strategic literacy instruction in grades K-8 using a “research to practice” approach grounded in pragmatic real-world application. Each video is 4-10 minutes long, has a strategic focus, and was shot unrehearsed in real time.

Viewing Guides: A guide with viewing and discussion suggestions is available for each video. Access the guide by selecting the PDF button.

Additional videos from Anita Archer: Anita Archer and Charles Hughes have included these videos and many others on the Explicit Instruction website that accompanies their book, Explicit Instruction, Effective and Efficient Teaching. The video clips show Dr. Archer demonstrating explicit instruction in both elementary and secondary grades.


Vocabulary Instruction

Vocabulary Instruction, Kindergarten | Dec 2008
Dr. Archer introduces new words using student-friendly explanations and examples to illustrate each word’s meaning.

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Modeling Retell

Modeling Verbal Retell, 1st grade | Dec 2008
Dr. Archer models how to retell a factual article using word prompts, both showing and telling students how to proceed.

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Vocabulary Instruction

Vocabulary Instruction, 2nd grade | Dec 2008
The students have listened to a read-aloud book and are now learning words via explicit, robust vocabulary instruction.

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Active Participation

Active Participation Instruction, 2nd grade | May 2008
Dr. Archer teaches two active participation procedures: saying answers chorally and saying answers to a partner.

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Passage Reading

Alternative Passage Reading, 3rd grade | May 2008
Silent, choral, cloze, and partner reading strategies are illustrated as alternatives to round-robin reading.

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Active Participation

Active Participation Instruction, 7th grade | May 2008
Modeling and guided practice are used to teach students class participation strategies and behaviors.

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About Dr. Archer: Anita Archer, Ph.D., recipient of eight outstanding educator awards, has taught elementary and middle school students and has been a faculty member at San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She currently serves as an educational consultant to school districts on effective instruction, classroom management, language arts instruction, and study skills instruction. She is a nationally known presenter and has authored training and curriculum materials, chapters, and books. Among her works are the acclaimed REWARDS reading program and the Tough Kid Video Series.

Other Anita Archer Resources

Materials from Anita Archer’s 2012 Workshops
Bridging to the Common Core Standards, K-6 (pdf)
Getting Them All Engaged, Active Participation in Grades K-6 (pdf)
Scaffolding Comprehension of Informational Text, Grades 6-12 (pdf)
Handout: Graphic Organizers (pdf)

Materials from Anita Archer’s 2011 Workshops
Enhancing Core Reading-Language Arts Instruction, K-6
Presentation Slides (pdf)
Handout of Examples (pdf)

Building Adolescent Literacy in the Common Core
Presentation Slides (pdf)
Handout of Examples (pdf)
NCAC Curriculum Enhancement Report: Background Knowledge (pdf)

Materials from Anita Archer’s 2010 Workshops
Improving Instruction in Every Classroom, K-12
Explicit Instruction Presentation Slides (pdf)
Explicit Instruction Charts (pdf)
Observing Instruction Handout (pdf)

Writing in the Primary Grades
Model of Writing Instruction Presentation Slides (pdf)
Writing Foundations Presentation Slides (pdf)
Application to California Reading/Language Arts Frameworks (pdf)
Article: How Spelling Supports Reading, by Louisa Moats (pdf)
Article: Want to Improve Children's Writing, by Steve Graham (pdf)
Primary Writing, Written Product Examples (pdf)
Writing Foundation Examples (pdf)

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