Literacy 4-6

Systems Change


Bringing students' every day literacy practice of texting into the classroom provides regular, low-stakes practice communicating with authentic audiences. In chats about what they are reading and studying, students can practice Foundational Writing Skills, including choosing Syntax and Vocabulary for specific audiences. Through the chats they receive, they also see models of how others convey ideas through writing.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn different ways to use texting in the classroom, such as re-creating dialogue from a piece of literature in everyday language. Texting can also be used to give students time to think about their answers, increasing positive Emotion and bringing more students into discussions.

  • Synchronous text chats are particularly supportive of English Language Learners. When students with different Primary Languages text chat in English with each other in real-time, research has shown their complexity and sophistication of language use increases.
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    See how to set up discussion forums in Google Classroom that allow students to see others' responses and write back, increasing Motivation. Using this free tool, teachers can easily integrate both synchronous and asynchronous written interaction into their students' writing practice.

  • Products provide the means for teachers to integrate text chats into their classrooms through features such as discussion forums and integrated chat functionalities. Shared annotations on a text students are studying allow teachers to link these chats directly to what the class is studying.
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