Paving the Way in Reading and Writing: Strategies and Activities to Support Struggling Students in Grades 6-12 / Edition 1

Paving the Way in Reading and Writing: Strategies and Activities to Support Struggling Students in Grades 6-12 / Edition 1

by Larry G. Lewin, Christie Hakim
     
 

Paving the Way in Reading and Writing offers secondary teachers from across the content areas a structured approach for motivating reluctant and disengaged students to tackle difficult reading and writing assignments and thus boost their potential for academic success. Drawing on relevant theory and research and the author's extensive experience as a teacher

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Paving the Way in Reading and Writing offers secondary teachers from across the content areas a structured approach for motivating reluctant and disengaged students to tackle difficult reading and writing assignments and thus boost their potential for academic success. Drawing on relevant theory and research and the author's extensive experience as a teacher and teacher trainer, the book presents an arsenal of practical instructional strategies along with teacher-tested tools, techniques, and activities for helping students improve their comprehension of informational and literary text as well as strengthen their written communications. Activities combining reading and writing tasks are emphasized along with graphic exercises for engaging the more visually oriented students. The book also provides guidance on using the computer as a literacy tool and on improving students' grammar, spelling, and research skills. In addition, it offers extensive listings of web-based instructional resources.

"Lewin's emphasis on effective instruction that integrates both reading and writing offers me just what I want most from a book: useful classroom strategies based on both research and master teacher's experience with real kids. . . . a welcome addition to my toolbox of useful books."
— Jim Burke, author, The English Teacher's Companion: A Complete Guide to Classroom, Curriculum, and the Profession and The Reader's Handbook: A Student Guide for Reading and Learning

"Paves the way for secondary teachers to get excited again about teaching reading and writing. Lewin reminds us 'with fresh ideas' how important surprise and variety are in sparking the adolescent intellect."
— Shelly Curtsinger, Irving High School Reading Teacher

"Friendly and practical . . . . Educators at all levels will find this easy to use."
— Merdith Pike-Baky, teacher and consultant, Bay Area Writing Project and project coordinator, Education Task Force, Larkspur, California

"Finally a resource for secondary teachers who face the toughest reading and writing challenges! Larry Lewin's book is brimming with field-tested strategies to support our most needy students."
— Tanis Knight former Teacher of the Year in Washington State

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787964146
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/07/2003
Series:
Jossey-Bass Education Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.07(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Teacher Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

ONE: Building the Twin Pillars of Literacy.

Improving Reading and Writing in Every Classroom.

Integrating Process and Visualization Approaches.

A Four-Part Instructional Framework.

Conclusion: Removing the Obstacles.

TWO: Developing the Reader’s Confidence: Prepare and First Dare.

A Structured Approach to Support Strategic Reading.

Schema Theory of Reading Comprehension.

Easily Implemented Classroom Activities.

Conclusion: It Takes a Village.

THREE: Moving to Richer Comprehension: Repair and Share.

Repairing Initial Understandings.

Easily Implemented Classroom Activities.

Sharing Understanding and Interpretation.

Conclusion: The Right of Return.

FOUR: Working with Literary Texts.

Prepare and First Dare Exercises.

Repairing Literary Understanding.

Sharing Understanding and Interpretation.

A Sample Lesson.

Conclusion: Setting Students Up for Success.

FIVE: Writing for Content Learning.

Instructional Framework.

Planning Assignments.

Basic Writing Activities: Talking Back with Memos.

Preparing Short Critiques: The Postcard.

Expository Exercises: The News Article.

The Informative Narrative.

Repaired Editing Activities: The Sentence Opening Sheet.

Conclusion: Making the Case for Writing.

SIX: Developing Advanced Writing Skills.

Synthesizing Content: Study Guide Activities.

Persuasive Writing: Letter Activities.

Expressing Ideas and Opinions: A Sample Lesson.

Other Traditional Writing Assignments.

Final Thoughts on Writing for the Share Stage.

Conclusion: Sharing Content Understanding.

SEVEN: Supporting the Task of Writing.

Managing Writing in the Classroom.

Making Use of Technical Tools.

Building Spelling and Grammar Skills.

Teaching Research Tactics.

Conclusion: Smoothing the Road.

Epilogue: The Work Ahead.

Appendix: Web-Based Instructional Resources.

Bibliography.

Index.

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