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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 ...

Design Interactive Lessons
Design interactive lessons

Passive transmission-reception of information and memorization of facts are not the kinds of learning that will be required of students for success in the 21st century.

—King (1995, p. 20)

Lessons that are well organized and briskly paced keep struggling readers engaged and on task. The recommended resource for this section (Harmin, 1994) is a treasure trove of ideas for developing academic routines that engage students. My favorite is Write-Share-Learn. It's an ideal way to activate students’ prior learning and experience (see Activity 3, Teach Students How to Activate Prior Knowledge and Make Connections to New Knowledge) as well as engage and motivate struggling readers. Before you use this Write-Share-Learn academic routine as part of a lesson, teach the steps using Activity ...

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