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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 the Structure of Your Discipline
Teach the structure of your discipline

Expert teachers know the structure of their disciplines, and this knowledge provides them with cognitive roadmaps that guide the assignments they give students, the assessments they use to gauge students’ progress and the questions they ask in the give and take of classroom life.

—Bransford et al. (2000, p. 155)

There is no one better suited to teach students how to read and write about the disciplines of science, social studies, and mathematics than the teachers who teach those subjects. Here are some questions to consider as you introduce your discipline to students:

  • How does your discipline typically present information? For example in social studies, history texts are organized in a chronological fashion. Economics and civics ...
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