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“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

“Bottom line: This book is reader friendly! Teachers in the content areas can quickly and easily find specific ideas to help students.”

—Barbara L. Townsend, Reading Specialist

Elkhorn Area School District, WI

Help for students who are overwhelmed, feel confused, can't remember, lack language skills, or just don't get it.

In today's era of accountability, teachers are expected to help all secondary students understand complex concepts and ideas and demonstrate proficiency on high-stakes tests. To promote success for struggling ...

Use and Teach Concept Maps
Use and teach concept maps

Highly meaningful learning that includes novel problem solving and creativity is only possible in domains of knowledge where the learner has considerable, well-organized prior knowledge.

—Novak (1998, p. 24)

Graphic organizers are very popular and when constructed by students during independent reading, they are highly effective in helping them to make sense of challenging or poorly organized text. Less understood and appreciated for its power to help struggling readers to more easily construct long-lasting knowledge is the concept map: a graphic representation that identifies key concepts and joins them with connecting words showing the nature of their relationships.

Concept maps differ from traditional graphic organizers in that they require students to specify precisely how concepts are related to one ...

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