Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

DISSECT Strategy



Purpose of Strategy/Approach


Use the acronym mnemonic DISSECT to increase ability to decode and identify unfamiliar multisyllabic words in content area materials through this problem-solving strategy.


Rationale of Lesson


Students will compare the themes in poetry by poets (Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, William Waring Cuney, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Melvin B. Tolson, and Jean Toomer) from the Harlem Renaissance through a variety of print, non-print, electronic, and other media to develop their ability to comprehend and critically interpret the poetry’s significance from a historical and or cultural context.


Acknowledgment of Content Expert and Consultants


Pam Mayette and Dr. Mary Ellen Beatty-O’Ferrall



  • DISSECT slide
  • DISSECT poster (at least one)
  • copies of DISSECT that can fit on an index card
  • index cards
  • glue sticks
  • tape
  • overhead projector or computer with projector
  • tape recorders
  • English journals (optional)

Support Materials







References and Web Resources


DISSECT Strategy References and Web Resources