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The versatile and practical handbook to promote students' literacy and learning!

Scores of children across the country do not read with comprehension, and literacy has become a national priority. In Literacy Matters, internationally recognized author, educational coach, and consultant Robin Fogarty defines and reviews 15 practical literacy approaches that teachers can use across all content areas and grade levels to help students develop essential literacy skills. This user-friendly resource provides strategies for immediate implementation with an overview of the research and best practices associated with each strategy.

With an easy-to-use menu that enables teachers to select the specific strategies they want to use to boost content-area literacy and comprehension, this valuable guide explores proven instructional methods such as

Teaching metacognitive student thinking; Creating literature circles; Involving parents and community; Tapping into prior knowledge; Using technology to impact literacy acquisition

Put these strategies to use in your classroom, and watch as your students improve their reading and comprehension, and apply these tools for success across content areas and in their lives!

Strategize with Guided Reading Activities
Strategize with guided reading activities

“Reading is reading is reading” is not the whole story. Reading takes on many forms. Reading is glancing through a piece, skimming and scanning for key thoughts or ideas. Reading is singing the lyrics from a page of music to the melodic accompaniment of a piano. Reading is scrutinizing an essay for needed edits, revisions, and rewrites. Reading is done in many ways for many reasons, and it involves many contexts, skills, interactions, and metacognitive tasks.

Use a four-corner framework to delineate the classroom climate, the skills needed, interaction patterns, and metacognitive reflection. Use the four-corner framework to tie literacy to the microcosm of the classroom (see Figure 14). When you set a climate, create a safe ...

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