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Reading to Learn in Secondary Classrooms

Reading to Learn in Secondary Classrooms
Increasing Comprehension and Understanding

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July 2009 | 128 pages | Corwin

"This text helps the reader understand that students do not just learn to read in the primary grades. Students must continue to grow and become more sophisticated readers if we expect them to master varied content information and concepts. The strategies in this book provide a framework to support content area teachers as they strive to engage students and increase content literacy as well as content mastery."
—Crystal Leu, Director of Curriculum
Lakeland School Corporation, LaGrange, IN

Reading: a tool for learning in any subject area!

Although reading is an essential skill for learning in any discipline, many students in today's secondary classrooms find reading tasks difficult and often fail to complete those assignments. Now this proven, step-by-step instructional model shows secondary teachers how to help students boost their reading comprehension, acquire knowledge through their reading, and process the information that they've learned.

Providing numerous classroom examples, the authors show teachers how to use research-based, high-effect strategies before, during, and after reading to increase student learning in various content and subject areas. Teachers learn how to help students:

  • Prepare for learning and anticipate reading assignments through pre-lesson strategies such as previewing the text, activating prior knowledge, and developing questions
  • Remain focused and engaged during reading assignments through strategies such as reciprocal teaching, jigsaw, and think-alouds
  • Process and internalize newly learned information using strategies such as graphic organizers and summaries

Easy to implement, this method helps secondary teachers improve students' content learning and reading ability at the same time!

List of Figures and Tables
About the Authors
1. Introduction
Lifelong Literacy Growth and Development

What to Teach

Research in Literacy

How This Book Helps

2. The Instructional Process
Before-Reading Activities

During-Reading Activities

After-Reading Activities

The Process

3. Before Reading
Background Knowledge

Developing Questions

Understanding and Using Text Structure

Previewing Text


4. During Reading

Jigsawing Text and Graphic Organizers

Reciprocal Teaching


Oral Reading

5. After Reading
Graphic Organizers

Written Summaries

The Importance of Writing

6. Putting It All Together
Students Today

Following Through With Assessment

What Does This Mean for Teachers?

Improving Content Learning and Literacy

Appendix: School Examples Using Instructional Framework
Key features
  • Presents a user-friendly instructional planning model that can be used across the content areas
  • Offers specific strategies to use during the three stages of instruction
  • Includes numerous examples from content classrooms
  • Can be easily implemented by the classroom teacher and is also useful for schoolwide adoption

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Introduction

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