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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 ...

Teach Students How to Monitor Their Comprehension
Teach students how to monitor their comprehension

Readers can interpret and evaluate an author's message from the print on the page only to the extent that they possess and call forth the vocabulary, syntactic, rhetorical, topical, analytic, and social knowledge and sensitivities on which the meaning of the text depend.

—Adams (1998, p. 73)

Monitoring is thinking about how and what one is reading, both during and after, for purposes of determining if one actually comprehends the text. Its cognitive partner, clarifying, consists of fixing up the mix-ups that interfere with comprehension. Monitoring and clarifying function as a team, so to speak. Monitoring is evaluative; clarifying is regulatory (Baker, 2002). Readers who are monitoring “address text ideas immediately while they are ...

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