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. Produced with support from the Sonoma County Office of Education, it is made available at no cost thanks to her generous spirit.
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.
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Vocabulary Instruction, Kindergarten | Dec 2008
Dr. Archer introduces new words using student-friendly explanations and examples to illustrate each word’s meaning.
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.
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.
Active Participation Instruction, 2nd grade | May 2008
Dr. Archer teaches two active participation procedures: saying answers chorally and saying answers to a partner.
Alternative Passage Reading, 3rd grade | May 2008
Silent, choral, cloze, and partner reading strategies are illustrated as alternatives to round-robin reading.
Active Participation Instruction, 7th grade | May 2008
Modeling and guided practice are used to teach students class participation strategies and behaviors.
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.
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Other Anita Archer Resources
Explicit Instruction, by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes
Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching is a new book, published in 2010, that was co-authored by Dr. Archer. It is a practical and accessible resource that gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. Learn more at the Explicit Instruction website.
DVDs of Strategic Approach to Literacy Series
Lesson set DVDs of Dr. Anita Archer’s Strategic Approach to Literacy trainings are available for purchase (these are not the same as the video series above). Designed for self-study, inservice follow-up, para-educator training, and parent/board member support, these edited trainings by Dr. Archer encompass the key aspects of teaching beginning reading. The series focuses on seven topics related to beginning reading and includes demonstrations from five grade levels. Each lesson has discussion questions and resources for further study. Download a copy of the order form (pdf) or call (707) 524-2839 for information.
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)
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)