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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 ...

Expect Students to Activate, Connect, and Summarize Daily
Expect students to activate, connect, and summarize daily

It is the types of processing activities performed at acquisition that are important for learning and remembering. As these acquisition activities are changed, the ability to remember follows suit.

—Bransford (1979, p. 52)

The activate, connect, and summarize routine is essential for engaging struggling readers with content. Even if the reading assignments are difficult, participating in the completion of this routine every day with the whole class will help to keep them on track. When this routine is mastered and regularly used, students will always know where they have been, where they are going, why they are making the trip, and what they saw along the way.

Here's a snapshot of the approach:

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