Content Area Reading: A Heuristic Approach

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LiteracyLeaders, 1990 - Content area reading - 516 pages
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A content reading methods text that takes a quick start, heuristic approach to imparting the skills future teachers need to improve their pupils' reading ability in essential content areas. Coverage of current theories and practices in comprehension, assessment and heuristics is organized around pre-reading, guided silent reading, and post-reading.
  

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Page 240 - Nacirema culture is characterized by a highly developed market economy which has evolved in a rich natural habitat. While much of the people's time is devoted to economic pursuits. a large part of the fruits of these labors and a considerable portion of the day are spent in ritual activity. The focus of this activity is the human body.
Page 241 - In conclusion, mention must be made of certain practices which have their base in native esthetics but which depend upon the pervasive aversion to the natural body and its functions. There are ritual fasts to make fat people thin and ceremonial feasts to make thin people fat. Still other rites are used to make women's breasts larger if they are small, and smaller if they are large.
Page 27 - I am going to be drownedó if I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees?
Page 241 - While each family has at least one such shrine, the rituals associated with it are not family ceremonies but are private and secret. The rites are normally only discussed with children, and then only during the period when they are being initiated into these mysteries.
Page 96 - Understanding a paragraph is like solving a problem in mathematics. It consists in selecting the right elements of the situation and putting them together in the right relations, and also with the right amount of weight or influence or force for each.
Page 241 - Beneath the charmbox is a small font. Each day every member of the family, in succession, enters the shrine room, bows his head before the charmbox, mingles different sorts of holy water in the font, and proceeds with a brief rite of ablution. The holy waters are secured from the Water Temple of the community, where the priests conduct elaborate ceremonies to make the liquid ritually pure. In the hierarchy of magical practitioners, and below the medicine men in prestige, are specialists whose designation...
Page 30 - If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
Page 241 - The Nacirema have an almost pathological horror of and fascination with the mouth, the condition of which is believed to have a supernatural influence on all social relationships. Were it not for the rituals of the mouth, they believe that their teeth would fall out, their gums bleed, their jaws shrink, their friends desert them, and their lovers reject them.
Page 416 - So let us begin anew, remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Page 240 - In this light, the magical beliefs and practices of the Nacirema present such unusual aspects that it seems desirable to describe them as an example of the extremes to which human behavior can go.

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Tony Manzo is a very visible and respected researcher and scholar in education. Sometimes spoken of as "the person who discovered the 'cure' for comprehension deficits," Manzo pioneered the concepts of "mental modeling" and "reciprocal teaching"- two of the most generative and enduring ideas in pedagogy in the 20th century. He has written several books and many juried articles. Tony has also created several teacher-friendly instruments to aid in the assessment of thinking, reader styles, and social-emotiona

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