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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!

Learn to Learn with Metacognitive Reflections
Learn to learn with metacognitive reflections

Learning how to learn is just as important as what one is learning—going beyond the cognitive and into the realm of the metacognitive. Metacognition is about planning, monitoring, and evaluating one's own thinking and learning. To illustrate the concept of metacognition, think about a student working a typical mathematics problem. The cognitive part of the lesson is the answer to the problem. The metacognitive part (Flavell, 1979) is the student's awareness of the strategy he or she used to solve the problem and to arrive at the answer.

When the teacher focuses the lesson on the strategy as well as the answer, the student thinks about how he or she solves problems, and those strategies ...

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