Secondary teachers will find that this superb resource informs the teaching and learning of their students and provides many research-based strategies to enhance reading comprehension and written language in every area.”

—Johneen Griffin, Director of Secondary Pupil Services

Olentangy Local Schools, Lewis Center, OH

Sejnost and Thiese address the national literacy crisis with a practical guidebook that meets the needs of adolescent learners by focusing on the literacy skills needed for the 21st century. The strategies engage learners and create independence in content-area reading.”

—Rusti Russow, Director of Teaching and Learning

Kankakee School District, IL

Increase adolescent learners' success in all content areas!

Responding to the challenges associated with teaching middle and high school students, this resource offers specific strategies teachers may use to incorporate reading, writing, and critical thinking throughout content instruction to increase learning.

With step-by-step instructions, a wealth of examples, and numerous student reproducibles, the book presents an approach that secondary teachers can implement across all content areas. Roberta L. Sejnost and Sharon M. Thiese focus on research-based practices that increase comprehension and learning while meeting standards, including:

Techniques that foster the acquisition and retention of specialized and technical content vocabulary; Processes to help students better comprehend narrative and expository texts; Approaches to help students use writing and speaking to process their new knowledge and make it their own; Techniques for promoting the literacies needed to effectively use various media sources; Methods for scaffolding instruction for students with special needs

Building Content Literacy is an ideal resource for delivering developmentally appropriate learning experiences and strengthening adolescent's academic achievement in every content area.

Teaching Specialized and Technical Vocabulary
Teaching specialized and technical vocabulary

The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
The Implication of Teaching Vocabulary

The end product of recreational reading and reading other texts is comprehension. Comprehension and word recognition are highly related, and knowledge and use of vocabulary skills are effective predictors of comprehension ability. Nagy and Scott (2000) and Pressley (2002) tell us that vocabulary knowledge makes up as much as 70% to 80% of comprehension, so we cannot deny that vocabulary is of critical importance to comprehension. Furthermore, the positive correlation between vocabulary and comprehension is validated by the research of Beck, McKeown, and Kucan (2002) and Graves (2000). In addition, Allington (2006) ...

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