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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 Question the Author
Teach students how to question the author

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

—Albert Einstein

Introduce students to the idea of a fallible author or, in the case of textbooks, a committee of fallible authors. Explicitly teach and model for students how to

  • Identify difficulties with the way the author has presented information or ideas
  • Question the author's intent or particular choice of vocabulary
  • Zero in on the precise meaning an author is trying to convey
  • Recognize when an inference about the author's intentions is needed because the author's conclusions are not clearly articulated

The purpose of questioning the author is to make public the processes of comprehension. This questioning ideally takes place immediately following a guided reading session in which the teacher encourages ...

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