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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 ...

Determine What's Hard for Students and Teach It
Determine what's hard for students and teach it

Enhancing students’ general knowledge is the most promising approach to enhancing their ability to comprehend what they read.

—Hirsch (2006, p. 52)

Step into the shoes (or the minds) of your students, whether struggling or gifted, and figure out what is most difficult about the text or topic you are planning to teach. Or better yet, ask them what's confusing about the topic or unit you are currently studying. With this information in hand, you can decide what approach will make the information more accessible. Even the brightest students may lack background knowledge or be confused by poorly written text. Is there too much information? Do students lack sufficient background knowledge to ...

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