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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!

Developing Fluency in Reading All Texts
Developing fluency in reading all texts

As introduced in Chapter 2, for most students in Grades 4 and up, the literacy components needing emphases are vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Most reading, language arts, and English teachers attend to vocabulary acquisition and comprehension skill development. Teachers of other content (such as mathematics, science, the arts, vocational and technical education, and social studies) see themselves as also teaching vocabulary and may not directly teach reading, but they expect reading comprehension of their content text. The literacy component most often overlooked in Grades 4 and up, including in reading classes, is oral reading fluency.

What Is Fluency and Why Is It So Important?

Anything we do fluently we do effortlessly and smoothly with an appropriate rate. Lance Armstrong rides a bicycle fluently, Josh Groban ...

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