Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?

Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?

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by Cris Tovani
     
 

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“Do I really have to teach reading?” This is the question many teachers of adolescents are asking, wondering how they can possibly add a new element to an already overloaded curriculum. And most are finding that the answer is “yes.” If they want their students to learn complex new concepts in different disciplines, they often have to help

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“Do I really have to teach reading?” This is the question many teachers of adolescents are asking, wondering how they can possibly add a new element to an already overloaded curriculum. And most are finding that the answer is “yes.” If they want their students to learn complex new concepts in different disciplines, they often have to help their students become better readers.

Building on the experiences gained in her own language arts classroom as well as those of colleagues in different disciplines, Cris Tovani, author of I Read It, but I Don't Get It, takes on the challenge of helping students apply reading comprehension strategies in any subject. In Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?, Cris shows how teachers can expand on their content expertise to provide instruction students need to understand specific technical and narrative texts. The book includes:

  • examples of how teachers can model their reading process for students;
  • ideas for supplementing and enhancing the use of required textbooks;
  • detailed descriptions of specific strategies taught in context;
  • stories from different high school classrooms to show how reading instruction varies according to content;
  • samples of student work, including both struggling readers and college-bound seniors;
  • a variety of “comprehension constructors”: guides designed to help students recognize and capture their thinking in writing while reading;
  • guidance on assessing students;
  • tips for balancing content and reading instruction.
Cris's humor, honesty, and willingness to share her own struggles as a teacher make this a unique take on content reading instruction that will be valuable to reading teachers as well as content specialists.

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VOYA
Tovani, author of I Read It, But I Don't Get It (Stenhouse 2000), is ready with an answer to her own question in this book. It is yes—if secondary teachers want youth to make meaningful connections to their content, they all need to incorporate reading instruction within their curriculum. In a conversational tone full of anecdotes from her own experience as a high school reading specialist, Tovani discusses the need to really examine what and why educators are asking students to read. She emphasizes the importance of explicit instruction and mental modeling of how good readers construct meaning from a text—and then shares examples of how these strategies can differ depending on the task at hand. By incorporating a few of these strategies, students learn to "hold" their thinking while reading and make more connections to it. Although there is an extensive appendix of forms to use, this book is not a quick fix, black outline master book of activities. Teachers looking for easy answers will be disappointed and lost by the author's sometimes wandering discussion of her own philosophy and reading instruction practices. Instead Tovani offers something more meaningful and useful by delving deeply into the reading process and the psyches of adolescents. This book deserves a place on all secondary educators' bookshelves and will have those who read it examining their own reading strategies by the end. Not only will their reading improve, but their students' reading will as well. Professional 2004, Stenhouse, 138p.; Photos. Charts. Biblio. Appendix., pb. Ages adult professional.
—Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571108975
Publisher:
Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
331,791
File size:
5 MB

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