But that's another story.
Teaching strategies and skills doesn't necessarily always have to be taught in the form extracted from a piece of literature or a book for that matter. It boils down to HOW we TEACH our students to become independent critical thinkers.
How do we do that? By teaching a particular concept in which students are able to EXPERIENCE it. Think about it. When you're watching a movie, you're using strategies all the time. The process of comprehending what's going on is just so natural to you. Want to know why it's so natural? Because we "practiced TV" a whole lot!
Until our kiddos get that luxury of having ample time to practice reading...a whole lot....we need to help equip them with using strategies and applying them in their everyday life so that comprehending becomes a natural process in their literary lives.
Commercials, short films, animated films, clips of sitcoms etc. is a great way get them "hooked". In fact, Pixar short films happens to be one of my favorite tools to use when it comes to introducing particular concepts.
One of my favorite short films? "For The Birds" of course! With this film, I'm able to hit sequencing, predicting outcomes, character traits, plot, theme, main idea and details and so much more. I'm able to use this film as a springboard to help students understand concepts and then provide them opportunities (including that of literature) in which they are able to apply what they've learned.
So think "BIG" when it comes to curriculum!
Think "GRAND" when it comes to teaching!
Heck, just think "meet the needs of INNOVATIVE KIDS" and I'm sure you'll be just fine!