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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!

Owning Comprehension Strategies
Owning comprehension strategies

On-grade-level readers develop their own comprehension strategies for independent reading. Most of us became strategic readers on our own without direct instruction related to literacy strategies. Think about your own reading. Do you find reading certain types of print easier than others? Do you find yourself rereading when you encounter difficult text or perhaps skipping a sentence to see if you can understand the concept with further reading? What do you do while you read? Underline? Highlight? Write in the margins? Make a graphic of important information? Good readers use literacy strategies before they read, during their reading, and after their reading to heighten comprehension of the text.

Those who struggle to comprehend generally do not employ the literacy strategies that good readers do; they continue to move their eyes over ...

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