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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 ...

Develop and Use Scoring Rubrics
Develop and use scoring rubrics

Sharing a scoring instrument [checklist, rating scale, or rubric] with students from the outset allows them to see the specific criteria on which their work will later be judged.

—Mertler (2003, p. 126)

Rubrics are scoring guides in which students’ work products or performances are evaluated using specific, preestablished performance criteria along a continuum of excellence. When rubrics are well constructed as well as explicitly taught to and modeled for students in advance of giving assignments, they have the potential to accomplish the following goals:

  • Define in precise and age-appropriate language what you want your students to know, do, or be while they are in your classroom as well as when you send them on to the next ...
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