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Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: If Not Me, Then Who?
Vicki Urquhart & Dana Frazee
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About This Book
History teachers aren’t expected to teach science, math teachers aren’t expected to teach social studies; so why are all teachers responsible for teaching reading? The answer is simple. An emphasis on reading and literacy skills in the content areas has an exponential effect on learning in every discipline.
This completely revised third edition of the best-selling Teaching Reading in the Content Areas seeks to help educators understand how to teach reading in their respective disciplines, choose the best reading strategies from the vast array available, and positively impact student learning. Throughout, it draws from new research on the impact of new technologies, the population boom of English language learners, and the influence of the Common Core State Standards.
Given the complexities of the reading process, teachers deserve—and this book provides—clear, research-based answers to overarching questions about teaching reading in the content areas:
By focusing on the differences in how content-area experts read and reason, teachers can be better prepared to help their students understand that the ways they read in biology are different from the ways they read in English, history, or mathematics.
To read successfully in different content areas, students must develop discipline-specific skills and strategies along with knowledge of that discipline. With that in mind, this book also includes 40 strategies designed to help students in every grade level and across the content areas develop their vocabularies, comprehend informational and narrative texts, and engage in meaningful discussions of what they read.
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About the Authors
VICKI URQUHART is a communications manager for McREL, Vicki fulfills a variety of roles in writing, editing, and producing research-based publications and new products. An experienced presenter, she conducts workshops around the country. She has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, having taught at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Vicki coauthored Teaching Writing in the Content Areas, two booklets—Remove Limits to Learning With Systematic Vocabulary Instruction and Using Writing in Mathematics to Deepen Student Learning—and several articles for Phi Delta Kappan, Principal Leadership, and the Journal of Staff Development, among others. In 2007, she served on the planning committee that developed the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework.
DANA FRAZEE is a principal consultant, Dana works in several areas of McREL's field services group: Success in Sight continuous school improvement, guaranteed and viable curriculum development, school audits, and teaching reading in the content areas. Dana has presented at numerous regional and national workshops on a variety of subjects, including teaching reading in the content areas, data-based decision making, writing in the content areas, formative assessment, continuous school improvement, effective instructional strategies, and after-school teaching strategies. She is a coauthor of Math in Afterschool: An Instructor’s Guide to the Afterschool Training Toolkit. Prior to joining McREL, Dana taught middle school and high school, served as the principal of a K–8 charter school, and worked as an educational consultant for the Coalition of Essential School and Expeditionary Learning Schools.
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