How to Teach Reading When You're Not a Reading Teacher

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Many middle grades teachers are surprised to find some of their new students have difficulty reading or do not know how to read at all. Rarely are teachers trained to address the fundamentals of reading instruction, and most assume that teaching reading is the sole job of elementary-level reading teachers. However, today's middle grades teachers realize that regardless of what subject they teach, they must adopt the attitude that any child with a reading disability is one thing: their responsibility. The good ...
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Overview

Many middle grades teachers are surprised to find some of their new students have difficulty reading or do not know how to read at all. Rarely are teachers trained to address the fundamentals of reading instruction, and most assume that teaching reading is the sole job of elementary-level reading teachers. However, today's middle grades teachers realize that regardless of what subject they teach, they must adopt the attitude that any child with a reading disability is one thing: their responsibility. The good news is that many teachers already use reading strategies without realizing it. Every time a teacher breaks down a textbook into manageable units, highlights or previews the features of a textbook, or provides specific content-related vocabulary before giving an assignment, that teacher is modeling a reading strategy. This book was written to reinforce those already-used strategies, and to provide teachers -- in all subject areas -- with new, practical approaches for teaching students how to read. For any teacher who has a student who cannot read, for any teacher who has never been taught how to teach reading, and for any teacher who loves their students and wants all of them to be successful in life, How to Teach Reading When You're Not A Reading Teacher is a tool every middle grades teacher will find invaluable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865300002
  • Publisher: Incentive Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Kids' Stuff Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 990,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Chapter 1 The Research 19
What Is Your Reading I.Q.? 20
Reading Quiz 20
What Research Tells Us 21
Area 1 Phonemic Awareness 23
Area 2 Phonics 24
Area 3 Vocabulary Development 25
Area 4 Fluency (Including Oral Reading Skills) 25
Area 5 Reading Comprehension Strategies 26
Translating the Research Into Practice 27
Chapter 2 Content Area Reading 31
What Is Content Area Reading? 32
Three Factors That Affect Student Learning 33
Factor 1 The Teacher 33
Factor 2 The Student 35
Factor 3 The Content 36
How Is Content Area Reading Taught? 37
Three Important Elements for Content Area Reading 37
1. Prior Knowledge 38
2. The Classroom Learning Environment 40
3. Text Features 41
Let's Play the Blame Game 45
Creating an Action Plan 47
Chapter 3 Characteristics of a Good Reader 49
What Makes a Good Reader? 50
What Good Readers Do Before They Read 53
What Good Readers Do As They Read 53
What Good Readers Do After They Read 56
Surprising Things Good Readers Do 57
Chapter 4 Reading Strategies 63
Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension 64
Reading Strategy Number One: Learning Walls 65
Selecting a Location for Your Learning Wall 66
Selecting Words, Formulas, and Concepts for Your Learning Walls 67
Making the Learning Wall Interactive 68
Reading Strategy Number Two: Sorts 69
Other Reading Strategies 70
Think Alouds 71
KWL, KWHL, KWWL Charts 73
Anticipation Guides 75
PIC 76
3-2-1- Strategy 77
RAFT 79
Graphic Organizers 80
Column Notes 82
QAR 83
Visual Reading Guides 85
Vocabulary/Concept Maps 87
Questioning the Author 90
Reciprocal Teaching 90
ABC Brainstorming 91
Signal Words 92
SCAMPER 96
SQ3R Reading Strategy 97
DRTA 99
Final Thoughts About the Strategies 101
Chapter 5 Teaching Comprehension Strategies 103
Questions to Ask Before Teaching Reading Comprehension 104
Meta-Cognitive Instruction 105
Scaffolding 105
Lesson Structure for a Comprehension Strategy 106
Step 1 Hook the Students 106
Step 2 Whole Group Instruction 107
Step 3 Me (Think Aloud 1--Teacher Only) 108
Step 4 We (Think Aloud 2--Teacher and Students Together) 108
Step 5 Two (Guided Practice) 109
Step 6 You (Independent Practice) 109
Step 7 Closure 109
Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies 110
Sample Lesson Plan 1 QAR--Question-Answer Relationships 111
Sample Lesson Plan 2 Sort Activity for Math Vocabulary 116
Final Thoughts on Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies 120
Chapter 6 Conclusion 123
The Learning Process and How to Teach It 124
Creating a Personal Action Plan 126
My Personal Action Plan 127
Appendix 129
QAR--Question-Answer Relationship (Sample) 130
Math Sort (Sample) 131
Bibliography 134
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