Fills a niche for content teachers who teach reading strategies, particularly in light of the standards movement.”

— Christene Alfonsi, Teacher, Fairfield High School, OH

From a fairly concise book, teachers get an important overview about a ‘system’ approach to literacy. All teachers get specific tools and strategies and some very useful information that could change their paradigm along the way.”

— Allyson Burnett, Instructional Interventionist, Alief Hastings High School, Houston, TX

Put a strong literacy system in place to improve student achievement!

In contrast to the primary grades when children are learning to read, students in grades 4 through 12 are expected to learn content as they read, yet they may still struggle with reading basics. Improving Reading, Writing, and Content Learning for Students in Grades 4–12 provides a realistic and systematic process for improving reading and writing while enhancing content knowledge and skills.

Based on proven evidence in multiple schools over a 10-year period, this excellent new resource presents specific strategies and successful examples that educators can immediately implement to improve day-to-day classroom success, while also boosting the success rate on standardized assessments. Aligned with the National Reading Panel Report, this book helps teachers focus on:

Creating a classroom community that is academically and psychologically safe for learning; Responding to non-negotiable expectations of daily practice; Building vocabulary, reading comprehension, and higher-order and critical thinking skills; Developing fluency in reading; Engaging families and the community

Teachers can create the best environment and instructional experience for all students to maximize literacy learning and standards-based achievement. This outstanding book will be a source of reflection for continuous improvement!

The Fail-Safe Classroom: Improving Reading, Writing, and Content Learning

The Fail-Safe Classroom: Improving Reading, Writing, and Content Learning

The fail-safe classroom: Improving reading, writing, and content learning


With release of The National Reading Panel Report (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [NICHD], 2000) and the response from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), there has been a renewed focus on literacy learning initially in the primary grades and more recently in Grades 4 through 12. In the primary grades, students are learning to read. In contrast, in Grades 4 through 12, students are expected to read to learn content, and yet there are students who still need to learn to read and to read their content texts to access the standards-based curriculum. Many teachers from Grades 4 through 12 are frustrated in their teaching of mathematics, science, social studies, health, technology, ...

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