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40 Ways to Support Struggling Readers in Content Classrooms, Grades 6-12

40 Ways to Support Struggling Readers in Content Classrooms, Grades 6-12

May 2007 | 200 pages | Corwin
ááááThe major challenge of teaching secondary content in the current era of accountability lies in helping all students read the massive textbooks, understand the complex concepts and ideas, and demonstrate proficiency on high-stakes tests.ááááááááNo Child Left Behind (2002) has created a growing sense of urgency on the part of every secondary educator to find ways to help struggling readers achieve. The idea is not that you are expected to teach struggling readers how to read. However, you are increasingly being expected to teach the knowledge and skills related to your discipline on which all students will be tested. To reach even a modest level of proficiency, struggling readers need support.áááá40 Ways to Support Struggling Readers in Content Classrooms Grades 6-12 contains forty research-based and classroom-tested methods that teachers can implement to help struggling readers be more successful.

Problem-Solution Table of Contents
Topical Table of Contents
List of Instructional Aids
About the Author
1. Teach the Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers
2. Engage in Teacher and Student Think-Alouds Daily
3. Teach Students How to Activate Prior Knowledge and Make Connections to New Knowledge
4. Teach Students How to Infer
5. Teach Students How to Monitor Their Comprehension
6. Teach Students How to Ask Questions
7. Teach Students How to Question the Author
8. Teach Students How to Search and Select
9. Teach Students How to Summarize
10. Teach Students How to Graphically Organize Text and Concepts by Chunking
11. Use and Teach Concept Maps
12. Teach Students How to Mark Text as They Read
13. Provide Advance Organizers Before Lessons
14. Use the I Do It, We Do It, You Do It Lesson Plan
15. Provide Models, Examples, and Nonexamples
16. Preview and Preteach Critical Concepts and Vocabulary
17. Check Frequently for Understanding
18. Assess for Learning and for Grading
19. Use and Teach Content Vocabulary Daily
20. Teach Academic Vocabulary
21. Teach Vocabulary Using Graphic Organizers
22. Reduce the Cognitive Load
23. Teach the Structure of Your Discipline
24. Use Easy Nonfiction to Build Background Knowledge
25. Determine What's Hard for Students and Teach It
26. Provide Easy-to-Read Short Articles Based on Content Standards
27. Assign Oral-Assisted Repeated Reading of Content Text
28. Use a Variety of Oral Reading Approaches
29. Vary Your Models, Moves, and Activities
30. Design Interactive Lessons
31. Use the Cooperative Learning Model
32. Create Content-Based Cooperative Games and Activities
33. Vary Your Seating and Grouping Arrangements
34. Give Students Reasons for Reading
35. Develop and Use Scoring Rubrics
36. Increase Wait Time
37. Build In Frequent Processing Breaks
38. Use and Teach Mnemonic Devices
39. Schedule Writing in Response to Reading on a Regular Basis
40. Expect Students to Activate, Connect, and Summarize Daily

"The format is easy to understand. Content-area teachers can quickly and easily find specific ideas to help students. Bottom line: This book is reader-friendly!"

Barbara L. Townsend, Reading Specialist
Elkhorn Area School District, WI

"The book’s major strengths are its ease of use and the range of approaches to address many different reading issues. You can read straight through for a host of ideas or you can pinpoint exactly which kind of strategy to explore."

Kristie Mary Betts, English Teacher
Peak to Peak High School, Lafayette, CO

"The parallel structure of each chapter helps the reader anticipate what is coming next by modeling a key reading strategy."

Sandra Ness, Literacy Teacher
Patrick Henry High School, Minneapolis, MN

"A key ingredient for success for any teacher who would help students using tested classroom techniques."

The Bookwatch, July 2007
Midwest Book Review

"This straightforward, no-nonsense book lives up to its title."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2008
School Library Journal

This book has proved to be a great resource for EDUC 216. It offers a comprehensive list of ways on how to teach reading.

Professor Fidel Tavara
Assessment and Education, Ana G. Mendez University System
August 29, 2012
Key features
The book contains forty research-based and classroom-tested methods that teachers can implement to help struggling readers be more successful. The methods are arranged in numerical order from 1-40. They can be accessed in three separate tables of contents found at the beginning of the book:

1. A traditional table of contents listing methods in numerical order.

2. A topical table of contents grouping methods by categories (e.g., Cognitive Strategy Instruction; Vocabulary Instruction; Graphic Organizing; and Lesson Design, etc.)

3. A problem-solution table of contents listing methods as solutions to common problems such as:

  • Students who read it but don't get it
  • Students who don't get it, even after you've taught it
  • English Language Learners and other students who lack vocabulary
  • Students who are overwhelmed by too many concepts
  • Students who lack background knowledge about academic content
  • Students who can't read the textbook at all
  • Students who are bored, unmotivated, or sleeping in class
  • Students who are confused
  • Students who need to process what they are hearing and reading more frequently
  • Students who can't retain information for the test

Each of the 40 ways contains the following features:

  • An intriguing quotation or definition to grab your attention
  • A brief description of the method and suggestions for how to implement it
  • Recommended resources to help you gain a more in-depth understanding of the method either through independent study or as part of a professional learning community
  • Research citations to demonstrate the power of the method to get results
  • Accompanying instructional aids (where applicable)

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