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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 ...

Use and Teach Mnemonic Devices
Use and teach mnemonic devices

Mnemonics serve as an effective means to acquire knowledge which then can be used and expanded for the purpose of using that information to comprehend, make inferences and solve problems.

—Wood et al. (1995, p. 12)

You no doubt still remember one or two mnemonic devices (structured ways to remember things) from your growing-up years, especially if you took piano lessons: Every Good Boy Does Fine (EGBDF) for the notes in the lines of the treble clef.

You may be reluctant to teach mnemonics to your students, believing that rote memorization of isolated facts is outdated. However, mnemonics provide a way for students to acquire knowledge they will need for higher-order thinking. When knowledge can be automatically and accurately ...

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