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Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools
Updated Edition of Bestseller

Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools
Five Simple-to-Follow Strategies

Second Edition

September 2006 | 224 pages | Corwin
Strengthen student literacy achievement in middle and high schools!

In response to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), raising literacy levels in secondary schools has taken on a new urgency. Recognized literacy author, Elaine K. McEwan, focuses her revised second edition on enhancing the "five big ideas" for raising reading achievement with seven cognitive strategies of highly effective readers and more than twenty research-based "teaching for learning" tips to infuse into daily content instruction.

Featuring reflection and discussion questions for reinforcement, this indispensable guide demonstrates how to improve students' literacy with these five teacher-friendly strategies:

  • Focus on changing what you can change
  • Teach the students who can't read how to read
  • Teach every student how to read to learn
  • Motivate all students to read more, to read increasingly more challenging books, and to be accountable for what they read
  • Create a reading culture in your school

With new programs designed for adolescent learners, this update provides suggestions and developmental tools to effectively strengthen reading curriculum and instruction. Reading specialists, special education teachers, literacy coaches, intervention specialists, and central office administrators can also use this essential tool for evaluating middle and high school reading programs and formulating school and district improvement goals.

List of Teaching for Learning Tips
A Change in Focus  
The Goals of This Book  
Who This Book Is For  
What This Book Is Not  
Overview of the Contents  
A New Feature  
The Challenge  
About the Author
1. Reading Achievement: Where Do We Stand?
Raising Achievement Expectations  
The State of Reading Achievement in the Nation  
The Response of Educators  
The State of Reading Achievement in the States  
Roadblocks to Raising Achievement in Middle and High Schools  
The Responsibility of School Leaders  
Reflection and Discussion Questions  
2. Focus on Changing What You Can Change
Change the Educational Paradigm  
Change How Goals Are Set  
Change How Teachers Teach  
Change the Curriculum and How It Is Chosen  
Change the Alignment of the Curriculum  
Change the Amount of Time Allocated to Reading Instruction  
Change Where Strategic Reading Instruction Is Provided  
Change How Learning Is Assessed  
Change Expectations for Students  
Change How Professional Development Is Provided  
Reflection and Discussion Questions  
3. Teach the Students Who Can’t Read How to Read
How Children Learn to Read: A Short Lesson  
Failing to Learn  
Programs to Remediate Struggling Secondary Students  
Find the Students in Special Education Who Can’t Read and Teach Them to Read  
Reflection and Discussion Questions  
4. Teach Every Student How to Read to Learn
Reading to Learn and Cognitive Strategies  
The Strategic Teacher  
How to Teach Cognitive Strategies  
Reading to Learn and Vocabulary Development  
Reading to Learn and Knowledge Acquisition  
How We Can Engage More Students in Reading to Learn  
Cognitive Strategy Instruction at Alief Hastings High School  
Reflection and Discussion Questions  
5. Motivate Every Student to Read in the Zone
The Value of Reading a Lot  
Reading in the Zone  
The Importance of Reading Challenging Fiction and Nonfiction  
The Importance of Accountability  
Motivating Students to Read a Lot  
Engaging Students in Reading  
Skills to Read With Confidence and Success  
Reflection and Discussion Questions  
6. Create a Reading Culture in Your School
Pay Attention to the Basic Beliefs and Core Values of Stakeholders  
Determine What Needs to Be Changed  
Identify the Roadblocks to Change  
Hire a Strong (Assertive) Instructional Leader  
Hold Everyone Accountable  
Make a Plan  
Don’t Forget the Parents and Kids  
Assess for Learning  
Press Academically and Be Instructionally Tenacious  
Getting the Job Done at Griffin Middle School  
Reflection and Discussion Questions  
Resource A. Assessment Tools
Resource A.1: Prereading Assessment Form  
Resource A.2: Prereading Assessment Key  
Resource A.3: Postreading Assessment Form  
Resource A.4: Postreading Assessment Key  
Resource B. Programs for Learning to Read in Secondary School
Benchmark Program  
Corrective Reading  
Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)  
Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes  
Reading Is FAME  
Reasoning and Writing  
REWARDS (Reading Excellence: Word Attack and Rate Development Strategies)  
The Spalding Method  
Spelling Through Morphographs  
Resource C. Creating a Strong Reading Culture: A Process Exercise
Time Required  
Administration Directions  

"Makes a distinct contribution to the field and should be mandatory reading for each and every building principal for every middle, junior high, and high school in the United States."

Erin Rivers, Principal
De La Salle Middle School, Mission, KS

"Provides a compelling case for strategies and goals based upon research and student achievement. The author offers real school case studies and the goals are clear and understandable."

Rosemarie Young, Former President

"The book is based on 20 research-based reading strategies, incorporating these into a teacher's daily curriculum and routines and helping teachers with students who can't seem to learn to read. A 'must-have' reference."

California Bookwatch, December 2006

"Offers a reinforcing translation of available results into a practical guide that motivates school administrators and teachers to put research findings into actions."

PsycCRITIQUES, July 2007, Vol. 52(28)
American Psychological Association

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