"We often hear middle and high school teachers are frustrated because their students can't understand the textbooks or can't write effectively about their particular content. This book will provide both the framework for solving this dilemma and the specific, practical classroom practices that teachers can use each day to help students become more competent readers and writers."
-Douglas Johnson, Assistant Superintendent
Kane County Regional Office of Education, IL
"Every middle school and secondary teacher should have a copy of this book. It not only provides the theoretical basis for each strategy, but it also provides effective instructions for use of the strategies in the classroom."
-Dorothy Giroux, Program Director, Initial Teacher Preparation Program
School of Education, Loyola University Chicago
Eager for proven methods to strengthen your students' content literacy?
Then this book is a must-have for your classroom! Using a step-by-step approach that makes the strategies easy to understand and implement, the authors provide updated research-based strategies that will help increase your students' reading comprehension, strengthen their writing skills, and build vocabulary across content areas. Expanded coverage of content literacy, additional reading and writing strategies for exploring content, and suggestions for working with struggling readers are included in this revised edition.
This rich resource also offers:
- Tips for using trade books in the classroom
- Graphic organizers to help students recognize text structures
- Assessment tools
- Technology activities in every chapter
- Real classroom examples of how the strategies have been implemented
- More ways to evaluate the "readability" of textbooks
- Over 40 ready-to-use reproducibles
Whether you are getting ready to begin teaching or are a veteran teacher, this accessible, invaluable handbook will give you the tools you need to help your students become lifelong learners!
In the new edition, the Introduction is now titled Preface, Chapter 5 and 6 were transposed and the title of Chapter 7 Assessing Reading and Writing was changed to: Reading and Writing Where It Can Lead
Specific chapter changes are as follows:
Chapter One: 1) Expanded discussion of content area literacy, especially as it pertains to adolescents who do not read at grade level; 2) Additional ways to evaluate the readability of textbooks; 3) Specific graphic organizers to help students recognize text structure
Chapter Two: 1) Discussion of concerns and issues about writing and Writing Across the Curriculum; 2) Additional writing strategies: Framing paragraphs; Journals and logs; Writing for standardized tests; Additional tips for revision
Chapter Three: Additional vocabulary strategies offered
Chapter Four: 1) Additional strategies for all phases of the reading process: Exclusion Brainstorming, Character Quotes, About/Point, Guided Note taking, Reading from Different; 2) Strategies for the language arts classroom: Using Trade Books in the Classroom, Follow the Characters, Reading from Shared Inquiry, Lit Buddies Project, Illustrated Book Report
Chapter 5 (Previously Chapter 6) Additional strategies to foster the reading-writing connection: Magnet Summary, Cubing, Perspective Cubing , Unsent Letters
Chapter 6 (Previously Chapter 5): Added discussion of research process and topic Selection, taking notes, and writing a rough draft, added scrapbook project
Chapter 7: Added discussion of 6+1 writing strategy; Added discussion of graphic literacy