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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 ...

Teach Academic Vocabulary
Teach academic vocabulary

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; Carve every word before you let it fall.

—Holmes (1846, p. 5)

Teachers often assume that students fully comprehend the subtleties of academic vocabulary because they have been in school for years and have heard the words so many times. But do your students know what to do when they encounter academic terms in questions or directions? Not only do students need a working knowledge of the essential concepts in your discipline, they also need a solid understanding of what terms like evaluate, discuss, explain, analyze, classify, compare, contrast, assess, outline, summarize, infer, predict, support, trace, interpret, and illustrate mean. They also need to know exactly what actions or responses these terms require from them.

Some ...

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