Improving Reading, Writing, and Content Learning for Students in Grades 4-12

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This excellent resource provides a realistic and systematic process that educators can immediately implement for improving reading and writing while enhancing content knowledge and skills.

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Editorial Reviews

Christene Alfonsi
"This book will fill a niche for content teachers who need to be teaching reading strategies, particularly in light of the standards movement. "
Allyson Burnett
"From a fairly concise book, teachers will get an important overview about a 'system' approach to literacy. All teachers will get specific tools and strategies to try, and some very useful information that could change their paradigm along the way. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412942263
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemarye (Rose) Taylor has a rich background that includes middle and high teaching, school administration, and district administration. She was a reading, language arts, and Spanish teacher, and counselor, followed by service as a middle and high school administrator, and district level administrator in Georgia and Florida, USA. In private sector management she was Director of Professional Development for Scholastic, Inc., New York. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

As Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Central Florida, her specialty is systematic leadership to improve student achievement Pk-20, which as lead to her interest and research in the professional practice doctorate. She has conducted research on leadership and change, particularly as it relates to accountability. Presentations on this topic have been given at University Council of Educational Administration, American Association of Educational Research, American Association of School Administrators, International Reading Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and National Middle School Association conferences. Her articles have been published in Kappan, Educational Leadership, Middle School Journal, Schools in the Middle, American Secondary Education, AASA Professor, The National Staff Development Journal, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, Educational Research Service Spectrum, and International Journal of Education Management. Six books including Leading Learning: Improve Student Achievement Today! (2010), Improving Readers, Writers, and Content Learning for Students in Grades 4-12 (2007), Leadership Handbook for Literacy Coaching (2006),The K-12 Literacy Leadership Fieldbook (2005), Literacy Leadership for Grades 5-12, (2003), and Leading With Character to Improve Student Achievement (2003), reflect the commitment to all students learning more through leadership that creates ethical, fail-safe systems. She serves as consultant on literacy, learning communities, curriculum system development, and leadership to schools, districts and professional organizations.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
About the Authors
1. The Fail-Safe Classroom: Improving Reading, Writing, and Content Learning
Academically and Psychologically Safe to Learn
Nonnegotiable Expectations of Daily Practice
Nonnegotiable Expectations of Daily Practice and Writing
Practical Tips for Creating Fail-Safe Classrooms for Literacy and Content
2. Reading Components for Grades 4—12
Phonemic Awareness
Relationship of Nonnegotiables and Reading Components
Relevant and Respectful Literacy for Below-Grade-Level Readers
Reading Intervention and Phonemic Awareness
Technology Solutions
Practical Tips for Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Support
3. Owning Vocabulary
Vocabulary Solvers
Vocabulary in Context
Word Questioning Target Word: Nylons
Textbook Vocabulary Lists
Word Walls
Personal Dictionary, Thesaurus, or Journal
Vocabulary Workbooks
Spelling and Writing
Practical Tips for Developing Student-Owned Vocabulary
4. Developing Fluency in Reading All Texts
What Is Fluency and Why Is It So Important?
Developing Fluency in Reading Intervention
Developing Fluency in Reading Content Texts
Accountable Independent Reading
Practical Tips for Developing Fluency
5. Owning Comprehension Strategies
Key Comprehension Strategies
Teaching Strategies With Scaffolding
To What Extent Should Strategies Be Incorporated?
Graphic Organizers
Practical Tips for Owning Comprehension Strategies
6. Comprehending With Higher Levels of Thinking
Higher Levels of Thinking
Questioning Strategies
More Questioning Techniques
Higher Thinking With Graphic Organizers
Align Instructional Resources
Practical Tips for Higher-Level Thinking
7. Engaging Parents and Community in Literacy Learning
Engaging Parents
Educating Parents in Literacy Learning
Engaging the Community
Service Learning
Reflection on Improving Reading, Writing, and Content Learning
Practical Tips for Engaging Parents and Community in Literacy Learning
Resource A: Teacher Reflection Guide
Resource B: Accountable Independent Reading Log
Resource C: Book Talk Checklist

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