Reading History: A Practical Guide to Improving Literacy


Reading History gives you a variety of instructional strategies for making your history text accessible and helping your students develop a personal connection with history. Instructional strategies are grouped in three broad categories so you can access them as needed for planning.
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Reading History gives you a variety of instructional strategies for making your history text accessible and helping your students develop a personal connection with history. Instructional strategies are grouped in three broad categories so you can access them as needed for planning.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Well-known literacy advocate Allen (Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12) has written what he calls a "practical guide [for] improving literacy" to be used in conjunction with Joy Hakim's 11-volume A History of U.S., a source book for middle schools. She focuses not on the content of American history but instead on strategies to seduce students into an interest in learning about American history. The book includes a somewhat hortatory introduction, 96 pages of methods, 18 pages of "graphic organizers" (various blank forms or checklists students can use to chart and clarify their progress), many copies of student work, and nearly 40 pages of bibliographical resources. The sections cover such general areas as building foundations, prereading strategies, providing ongoing support, and making learning meaningful. Like most such books (e.g., Maryann Manning's The Theme Immersion Compendium for Social Studies Teaching and Jean B. Schumaker's Adapting Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science Materials for the Inclusive Classroom), this one is chock-full of real-world methodologies designed to overcome resistance and apathy from students who, at least as presented in the introduction, are generally ignorant and unmotivated. Suitable for textbook collections, particularly in those middle schools that use Hakim's A History of U.S.-Peter Dollard, Mt. Pleasant, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Reading History is a great idea-Janet Allen's strategies have won her a very large audience. I highly recommend this book." - Dennis Denenberg, Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Millersville University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195165968
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,475,101
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Allen is one of the most prominent and outspoken literacy advocates in the country. A former elementary school teacher and university instructor, hundreds of teachers attend her seminars each year. Her books Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 and Yellow Brick Roads: Shared and Guided Paths to Independent Reading have been praised by elementary and secondary school teachers, education professors, adult literacy advocates, and ESL instructors. Dr. Allen lives in Orlando, Florida.

Christine Landaker has been teaching for the last ten years; her first nine were in urban and suburban schools in Orlando, Florida. Her first love is history and the social studies, followed closely by her love of reading and English. She has seemlessly combined the two in her classroom. Christine is currently an 8th grade English teacher at Pierce Middle School in Milton, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : "the silver war" and other challenges to reading history
Ch. 1 Building foundations for reading success : pre-reading strategies for assessing and building background knowledge 1
Ch. 2 Providing ongoing support : supporting and monitoring comprehension during reading 29
Ch. 3 Making learning meaningful : extending and transferring knowledge after reading 63
Ch. 4 Best practice in reading history : highlighting "best practice" 92
App. A Graphic organizers to support instruction 97
App. B Professional resources for reading history 115
App. C Resources for reading history 121
App. D Text sets that support theme-based units in history 129
App. E Web sites to support reading history 143
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