Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?: Content Comprehension, Grades 6-12

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Stenhouse Publishers, Jan 1, 2004 - Education - 138 pages
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“Do I really have to teach reading?” This is the question many teachers of adolescents are asking, wondering how they can possibly add a new element to an already overloaded curriculum. And most are finding that the answer is “yes.” If they want their students to learn complex new concepts in different disciplines, they often have to help their students become better readers.

Building on the experiences gained in her own language arts classroom as well as those of colleagues in different disciplines, Cris Tovani, author of I Read It, but I Don't Get It, takes on the challenge of helping students apply reading comprehension strategies in any subject. In Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?, Cris shows how teachers can expand on their content expertise to provide instruction students need to understand specific technical and narrative texts. The book includes:

  • examples of how teachers can model their reading process for students;
  • ideas for supplementing and enhancing the use of required textbooks;
  • detailed descriptions of specific strategies taught in context;
  • stories from different high school classrooms to show how reading instruction varies according to content;
  • samples of student work, including both struggling readers and college-bound seniors;
  • a variety of “comprehension constructors”: guides designed to help students recognize and capture their thinking in writing while reading;
  • guidance on assessing students;
  • tips for balancing content and reading instruction.
Cris's humor, honesty, and willingness to share her own struggles as a teacher make this a unique take on content reading instruction that will be valuable to reading teachers as well as content specialists.
 

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Awesome tips and resources for teaching struggling readers. The best part is the emphasis on improving instruction instead of finding a cure all program. Read full review

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Wonderful text book! Affordable. Packed with ideas, especially for newer teachers. Great for teachers needing to tie objectives to the CCSS. Another text I'm glad I bought. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Cris Tovani is coauthor of the Heinemann title Comprehension Going Forward. The author of I Read It, but I Don't Get It, Cris sums up her teaching life in one simple sentence: "How lucky I am to be a teacher!" She splits her weeks between teaching and coaching in very different schools. Half is spent teaching at the most diverse secondary school in Colorado, where "on any given day, I can hear 41 different languages spoken in the hall." The other half she spends coaching in several middle and high schools, where her first charge is "to figure out why advanced students in upwardly mobile neighborhoods aren't meeting their targeted areas of growth.

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