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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 Ask Questions
Teach students how to ask questions

I keep six honest serving-men

(They taught me all I knew);

Their names are What and Why and When

And How and Where and Who.

—Kipling (1902/1994, p. 69)

The instructional activity I find most helpful for teaching the questioning cognitive strategy (especially teaching students how to ask questions) is an adaptation of the Question-Answer Relationship (QAR) activity originally developed to teach students how to locate answers when they were not readily accessible in the text (Pearson & Johnson, 1978; Raphael, 1984; Raphael & Pearson, 1985; Raphael & Wonnacott, 1985).

This activity, rather than showing students where to look for answers to traditional end-of-chapter questions, focuses on modeling how to ask specific types of questions, a far more challenging and ...

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