40 Ways to Support Struggling Readers in Content Classrooms, Grades 6-12

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In today's era of accountability, teaches are expected to help all secondary students understand complex concepts and ideas and demonstrates proficiency on high-stakes tests. To promote success for struggling readers in all content areas, expert educator Elaine K. McEwan offers 40 user-friendly and easy-to-implement strategies in an invaluable text that includes three tables of contents (traditional, topical, and problem-solving) formatted for quick and easy reference.

Each of the 40 research-based and classroom-tested techniques features: An intriguing quotation or definition to grab your attention, A brief description of the method and suggestions for implementation, Recommended resources to gain a more in-depth understanding of the method, Research citations to demonstrate the power of the method to get results. Offering cross-references and advance organizers throughout, this book provides the specific yet comprehensive information you need to support all students with reading difficulties.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara L. Townsend
"The format is easy to understand. Content-area teachers can quickly and easily find specific ideas to help students. Bottom line: This book is reader-friendly!"
Kristie Mary Betts
"The book’s major strengths are its ease ofuse and the range of approaches to address many different reading issues. You can read straight through for a host of ideas or you can pinpoint exactly which kind of strategy to explore."
Sandra Ness
"The parallel structure of each chapter helps the reader anticipate what is coming next by modeling a key reading strategy."
The Bookwatch
"A key ingredient for success for any teacher who would help students using tested classroom techniques."
Curriculum Connections
"This straightforward, no-nonsense book lives up to its title."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412952064
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine K. McEwan is an educational consultant with The McEwan-Adkins Group, offering professional development for educators to assist them in meeting the challenges of literacy learning in Grades Pre K-6. A former teacher, librarian, principal, and assistant superintendent for instruction in several suburban Chicago school districts, Elaine is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than three dozen books for educators. Her Corwin Press titles include Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools: Five Simple-to-Follow Strategies for Principals, Second Edition (2006), Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement (2004), Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals: From Good to Great Performance (2003), Making Sense of Research: What’s Good, What’s Not, and How to Tell the Difference (2003), Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership, Second Edition (2003), Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall through the Cracks (2002), and Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers: How to Hire, Mentor, and Coach Successful Teachers (2001).

McEwan was honored by the Illinois Principals Association as an outstanding instructional leader, by the Illinois State Board of Education with an Award of Excellence in the Those Who Excel Program, and by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as the National Distinguished Principal from Illinois for 1991. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Wheaton College and advanced degrees in library science (MA) and educational administration (EdD) from Northern Illinois University.

McEwan lives with her husband and business partner, E. Raymond Adkins, in Oro Valley, Arizona. Between them, Elaine and Ray have five children, fifteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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Table of Contents

Problem-Solution Table of Contents     ix
Topical Table of Contents     xiii
List of Instructional Aids     xvii
Preface     xix
Acknowledgments     xxiii
About the Author     xxv
Teach the Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers     1
Engage in Teacher and Student Think-Alouds Daily     7
Teach Students How to Activate Prior Knowledge and Make Connections to New Knowledge     13
Teach Students How to Infer     17
Teach Students How to Monitor Their Comprehension     23
Teach Students How to Ask Questions     29
Teach Students How to Question the Author     31
Teach Students How to Search and Select     33
Teach Students How to Summarize     37
Teach Students How to Graphically Organize Text and Concepts by Chunking     45
Use and Teach Concept Maps     51
Teach Students How to Mark Text as They Read     55
Provide Advance Organizers Before Lessons     59
Use the I Do It, We Do It, You Do It Lesson Plan     63
Provide Models, Examples, and Nonexamples     67
Preview and Preteach Critical Concepts and Vocabulary     71
Check Frequently for Understanding     73
Assess for Learning and for Grading     75
Use and Teach Content Vocabulary Daily     77
Teach Academic Vocabulary     79
Teach Vocabulary Using Graphic Organizers     81
Reduce the Cognitive Load     87
Teach the Structure of Your Discipline     91
Use Easy Nonfiction to Build Background Knowledge     93
Determine What's Hard for Students and Teach It     97
Provide Easy-to-Read Short Articles Based on Content Standards     99
Assign Oral-Assisted Repeated Reading of Content Text     101
Use a Variety of Oral Reading Approaches     103
Vary Your Models, Moves, and Activities     109
Design Interactive Lessons     113
Use the Cooperative Learning Model     115
Create Content-Based Cooperative Games and Activities     119
Vary Your Seating and Grouping Arrangements     123
Give Students Reasons for Reading     125
Develop and Use Scoring Rubrics     127
Increase Wait Time     133
Build In Frequent Processing Breaks     135
Use and Teach Mnemonic Devices     139
Schedule Writing in Response to Reading on a Regular Basis     141
Expect Students to Activate, Connect, and Summarize Daily     151
Conclusion     155
References     157
Index     167
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