Literacy for Real: Reading, Thinking, and Learning in the Content Areas

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Written for the busy practitioner by an experienced professional development consultant, writer, and speaker, Literacy for Real is a hands-on guide to meaningful reading across the content areas of math, science, and social studies in grades 6-12. It presents key information that addresses all types of 21st-century literacy-visual, digital, and print-in an easy-to-use format. The book centers on classroom practices and strategies for helping students tackle the reading required for subject-area study. Chapters focus on engagement, vocabulary, comprehension, and critical reading, and each includes sample activities as well as a list of resources. Avoiding the one-size-fits-all model, this guide instead offers foundational practices based on what we know about learning.

Research-based strategies for content-area reading instruction, with a focus on student engagement.

Features online, multimedia texts for today's 21st-century classrooms.

Interactive lessons that teachers can adapt to their own needs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807749432
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Series: Language and Literacy Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 465,264
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Engagement: Reading's Missing Link 7

Engagement in Reading 8

Engagement in Learning 9

Active Versus Passive Reading 13

Engagement and Multiple Intelligences 16

Integrating Concepts 19

2 Building Background for Reading 23

Brainstorming for Background Knowledge 25

Activating Background Knowledge through Prediction Guides 26

Building Background Knowledge through Dialogue 28

Integrating Concepts 31

3 Making Meaning through Reading 33

Reading in the Content Area 34

Recognizing Text Structure 36

Determining Importance 41

Generating Questions 44

Integrating Concepts 46

4 Vocabulary: The Key to Meaning 49

Challenges in World Study 50

Word Study Before Reading 51

Word Study During Reading 53

Word Study After Reading 58

Integrating Concepts 60

5 Reading for Deep Understanding 61

Superficial Coverage Versus Deep Study 62

Redefining Reading 62

Comprehension Monitoring and Metacognition 63

Reciprocal Teaching 66

Integrating Concepts 71

6 Reading and Thinking Critically 73

Critical Literacy 74

Activities That Foster Critical Thinking and Reading 77

Assessing Critical Reading and Thinking 78

Challenging Texts 79

Integrating Concepts 83

7 Online Reading 85

Internet Versus Print-Based Reading 87

Reading Critically Online 90

Online Research Inquiry Project 93

Integrating Concepts 98

8 Expanding Reading Across Content Areas 101

Diverse Texts 102

Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) 103

Classroom Libraries 105

Current Events Periodicals 108

Text Sets 109

Integrating Concepts 110

Resources 115

References 119

Index 125

About theAuthor 132

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