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Improving Reading Skills Across the Content Areas

Improving Reading Skills Across the Content Areas
Ready-to-Use Activities and Assessments for Grades 6-12

November 2005 | 184 pages | Corwin
A must-have, must-read resource for every teacher in all subject areas!

In today's competitive environment of standards-based education, improving reading proficiency and increasing content knowledge have never been more important. Yet, developing exceptional reading skills in middle and high school students presents many obstacles. In this practical and user-friendly book, literacy specialist Rebecca Rozmiarek shares more than 100 classroom-tested reading activities that will benefit all students all secondary school students, including gifted and special education students, and students with English as an additional language.

Incorporating years of success in helping struggling secondary students become expert readers, she provides both a jargon-free overview of critical research and activities that every teacher can use to improve reading comprehension and content retention. Student examples and sample modifications show teachers how reading activities can be used in content areas ranging from math and science to social studies and English, and more.

Each chapter contains:

o A skills overview

o Detailed descriptions of relevant subskills

o Skill-building activities

o An assessment rubric

o Examples of student work

o Blank reproducibles of every activity

Learn how to use double-entry journals, text coding, bookmarking, and questioning strategies to help students become more proficient readers. These activities foster independence, self-reflection, and motivation in all students.

About the Author
1. Introduction to Reading in Grades 6-12
2. Setting a Purpose for Reading
3. Connecting to Prior Knowledge
4. Understanding Vocabulary Terms and Concepts
5. Identifying Significant Information in Text
6. Visualizing Text Information
7. Asking Questions for Deep Understanding
8. Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences
9. Analyzing Text Structure
10. Evaluating the Author's Viewpoint
Resource: Reproducible Worksheets for Chapter Activities

"This is a great book and full of good ideas that every classroom teacher can use. It has ideas that can be used with diverse students-gifted, ESL, special education, and everything in between. Rozmiarek makes a substantial contribution to the reading field with this book.

Arlene Myslinski, ESL Teacher
Buffalo Grove High School, IL

"This guide dives into an abundance of tools to improve reading comprehension. Each chapter is filled with ideas to improve skills, such as games and note-taking strategies, and ends with rubrics to assess student progress."

Class Notes, Spring 2006
Missouri State Teachers Association

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Rebecca J. Gault (aka: Rozmiarek)

Rebecca Rozmiarek is an author, national presenter, and master classroom teacher who has worked with both students and teachers across the curriculum in grades 6-12. As a Literacy Specialist, she works with teachers at Bel Air Middle School in Harford County Public Schools, Maryland to develop and implement effective reading strategies across the curriculum. In addition, she teaches struggling learners how to use strategies to acquire text information. More About Author

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