Reading and Writing Across Content Areas
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Reading and Writing Across Content Areas

Second Edition


© 2007 | 280 pages | Corwin

"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!

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. Creating the Framework for Reading
Literacy and Content Area Literacy: What Are They?  
The Status of Literacy Today  
What Can Teachers Do to Foster Literacy?  
Strategic Readers  
Guiding the Strategic Reader  
Matching the Reader and the Text  
Interpreting the Text  
Chapter Summary  
Computer Connections  
Teacher Tips  
2. Setting the Framework for Writing
Introduction  
The Writing Process  
Creating  
Terms for Writing  
Shaping: Organizational Approaches  
Shaping and Drafting the Content  
Revising  
Journals and Learning Logs  
Writing for Standardized Tests  
Chapter Summary  
Computer Connections  
Teacher Tips  
3. Keying in to Vocabulary
Principles of Effective Vocabulary Instruction  
Teacher-Centered Strategies  
Student-Centered Strategies  
Chapter Summary  
Computer Connections  
Teacher Tips  
4. Strategies for Comprehension
What Makes a Strategic Reader?  
The Reading Process  
Pre-Reading Strategies  
During-Reading Strategies  
After-Reading Strategies  
Chapter Summary  
Computer Connections  
Teacher Tips  
5. Integrating Reading and Writing in the Classroom
The Reading-Writing Connection  
Characteristics of Effective Reading and Writing Strategies  
Fostering Critical Understanding  
Engaging Readers and Writers in the Process of Revision  
Fostering Prior Knowledge  
Encouraging Students to Become Personally Involved  
Asking Students to Invoke Personal Feelings  
Chapter Summary  
Computer Connections  
Teacher Tips  
6. Research Writing
Nontraditional Research  
Alternative Research  
Research Skills  
Traditional Research  
The Research Process  
Chapter Summary  
Computer Connections  
Teacher Tips  
7. Reading and Writing: Where It Can Lead
Formal Assessments in Reading  
Formal Assessments in Writing  
Alternative Assessments  
Test-Taking Strategies  
Study Strategies for Good Test Performance  
Chapter Summary  
Computer Connections  
Teacher Tips  
Bibliography
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


"This text makes a teacher feel empowered rather than overwhelmed; not many texts truly achieve this! The strategies are applicable and fundamental because they help the students with reading and writing in every class."

Sarah Luedtke, Study Seminar Teacher/504 Case Manager
Geneva High School, Geneva, IL

"This practical compendium of literacy strategies should be required reading for all middle and high school teachers. The ready-to-use blackline masters are real timesavers for busy educators."

Ann Kimpton, Literacy Department Chair
Willowbrook High School, Villa Park, IL

"This bountiful resource provides educators with the tools they need to help students increase their reading and writing achievement in all subject matter classes . . . discovering the new, updated version of Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas is like finding a pot full of gold!"

Judy Rhoads, Acceleration/Enrichment Coordinator
CUSD 304, Geneva, IL

"This is a wonderful resource for teachers! It includes many research-based reading strategies for classroom use. If you're looking for easy-to-use, hands-on strategies with easily accessible handouts, this is the book for you!"

Ann Peters, Reading Dept. Chairman
Addison Trail High School, Addison, IL

"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
Key features
  • Provides an updated, research-based framework for developing students' content literacy skills
  • Offers a wide collection of literacy strategies
  • Includes step-by-step directions for implementing each strategy
  • Provides examples of how content teachers have implemented the strategies
  • Includes over 40 reproducibles
  • Features numerous graphic organizers and tips for integrating technology
  • Useful for both preservice and inservice teachers

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


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