RUTH SCHOENBACH is project director for the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd. For the past twenty-five years, she has worked as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, and program innovator with a focus on literacy in diverse settings from preschool to adult education. CYNTHIA GREENLEAF is director of research for the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd. For the past fifteen years, she has provided professional support to secondary teachers and studied the impact of classroom innovations on student learning and achievement. She has won several national awards for her research on classroom-based literacy learning. CHRISTINE CZIKO is co-director of the CLLAD Program at UC Berkeley's School of Education, where she works in teacher education. She taught English for twenty-five years in New York City and San Francisco public schools and worked as a teacher consultant for the New York City Writing Project. LORI HURWITZ is a teacher in the English Department at Thurgood Marshall Academic High School in San Francisco and a teacher consultant with the Strategic Literacy Initiative. She teaches Academic Literacy and assists other schools in implementing Academic Literacy courses.
Reading for Understanding: A Guide to Improving Reading in Middle and High School Classrooms / Edition 1by Ruth Schoenbach, Cynthia Greenleaf, Christine Cziko, Lori Hurwitz
Published in Partnership with WestEd"A breath of fresh air! After reminding us that any teacher who puts a book in front of a student is a reading teacher, the authors give us a teacher-tested reading course for middle and high school students. They avoid the baloney in the present reading debates by paying attention to actual students. What they propose is an… See more details below
Published in Partnership with WestEd"A breath of fresh air! After reminding us that any teacher who puts a book in front of a student is a reading teacher, the authors give us a teacher-tested reading course for middle and high school students. They avoid the baloney in the present reading debates by paying attention to actual students. What they propose is an apprenticeship in using a tool kit for problem solving in reading. The tool kit itself is a combination of cognitive and social dimensions embedded in subjects. And, lo and behold, they can point to actual results."—Miles Myers, former executive director, National Council of Teachers of English"As a teacher of inner-city youth, I had tried every idea in my bag of tricks to get my kids to read. It wasn't until I started working with the reading apprenticeship approach that I was able to see changes in my students—in their scores, their attitudes, and their comprehension. The reading apprenticeship approach has completely changed the way I look at my students. Now I share my reading process and invite them to share their problem solving in the classroom. In the beginning of the year I hear, 'I hate this.' Over time I hear, 'I don't get this part, but I think I get this,' and finally, 'This is what I think this means.' More and more I hear, 'What are we reading next?'"—Rita Jensen, teacher, John Muir Middle School, San Leandro, California "Reading for Understanding should be in the hands of teachers, principals, superintAndents, curriculum coordinators, school board members, state educational leaders, university professors, and teachers in training. Engaging, to the point, and grounded in research, this book shares current work in progress, possible stumbling blocks, ideas to overcome them, and specific strategies with detailed examples. Most middle and high school teachers have little or no 'teaching reading' training. It is not too late and this book is a great start."—Judy Cunningham, pri
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Table of Contents
Part I: Confronting the Problems of Middle and High School Reading.
1. Rethinking the Problem: Crisis and Opportunity.
2. The Reading Apprenticeship Framework.
Part II: Reading Apprenticeship in the Classroom.
3. Developing Academic Literacy.
4. Motivating Students to Take Control of Their Reading.
5. Acquiring Cognitive Tools for Reading.
6. Building Context, Text, and Disciplinary Knowledge.
7. Embedding Apprenticeship Strategies in Subject Area Classrooms.
8. Overcoming Obstacles in Implementation.
Part III: Beyond the Classroom.
9. Professional Development: Creating Communities of Master Readers.
10. Developing Schoolwide Reading Apprenticeship Programs.
Epilogue: Inviting Continuing Conversation.
Appendix A: Academic Literacy Curriculum.
Appendix B: Reading Assessment.
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