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Developing Content Area Literacy
40 Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms

Second Edition

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November 2014 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Forty evidenced-based strategies for integrating literacy instruction into the content areas  

Providing unique content on assessment, differentiated instruction, technology, and reflective practice, Developing Content Area Literacy, Second Edition is designed to help busy middle school and secondary teachers meet the challenge of addressing the literacy learning needs of all students, including English language learners. Each of the 40 evidence-based strategies is organized around eight essential areas of literacy instruction: academic vocabulary, reading fluency, narrative text, informational text, media and digital literacies, informational writing, critical thinking, and independent learning. Each topic has five strategies from which to choose, giving teachers ample variety to meet the diverse needs of the classroom.  
 
Section I. Academic Vocabulary: Developing Vocabulary for Learning in Content Areas
What Research Has to Say on the Development of Academic Vocabulary

 
A Framework for Teaching Academic Vocabulary to Adolescent Learners

 
A Strategy for Assessing the Development of Academic Vocabulary

 
Reflective Practice on Teaching Academic Vocabulary

 
 
Chapter 1: Semantic Mapping: Developing Robust Academic Vocabularies
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Mathematics Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 2: Vocabulary Self-Collection Strategy: Promoting Word Consciousness
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Business Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 3: Contextual Redefinition: Using Clues as a Word-Learning Strategy
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Biology Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 4: Semantic Feature Analysis: Comparing and Contrasting Features of Words
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Health Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 5: Blogging Academic Vocabulary: Integrating Subject-Matter Discourse Into Media
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Political Science Learning Community

 
 
Section II. Reading Fluency: Developing Deep-Reading Fluency
What Research Has to Say About the Development of Reading Fluency

 
A Framework for Teaching Reading Fluency to Adolescent Students

 
A Strategy for Assessing Reading Fluency Development

 
Reflective Practice on Teaching Reading Fluency

 
 
Chapter 6: Readers Theatre: Increasing Fluency Through Student Engagement With Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Social Studies Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 7: Paired Reading: A Collaborative Approach for Developing Deep-Reading Fluency
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Visual Arts Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 8: Audiobooks: Modeling and Scaffolding Reading Fluency
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for an Integrated English Language Arts and Social Studies Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 9: Radio Reading: An Authentic Approach for Developing Reading Fluency
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for an Economics Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 10: Morphemic Analysis: A Useful Resource for Becoming a Fluent Reader
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Physics Learning Community

 
 
Section III. Developing Close Reading of Text: Essential Strategies for Teaching Close Reading
What Research Has to Say About the Development of Close Reading of Text

 
A Framework for Teaching Close Reading to Adolescent Learners

 
A Strategy for Assessing Close Reading of Text

 
Reflective Practice on Teaching Close Reading of Text

 
 
Chapter 11: Annotation: Strategic Analysis of Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Science Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 12: Interactive Think-Alouds: Collaborative Interpretation of Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for an English Literature Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 13: Inference Strategy Guide: Facilitating Reading Between the Lines
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Social Studies Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 14: The Inquirer Strategy: Learning to Ask Questions
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Social Studies Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 15: Active Interpretation of Film: Making Inferences Through Visual Media
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for an English Literature Learning Community

 
 
Section IV. Reading Informational Text: Developing Comprehension for Informational Text
What Research Has to Say About the Comprehension of Informational Text

 
A Framework for Teaching Comprehension of Informational Text to Adolescent Students

 
A Strategy for Assessing the Development of Comprehending Informational Text

 
Reflective Practice on Teaching Comprehension of Informational Text

 
 
Chapter 16: Questioning the Author: Constructing Meaning From the Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Social Studies Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 17: Text Structure Strategy: Using Graphic Organizers to Learn From Informational Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Music Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 18: Connect to It: Making Personal, Text, and World Connections to Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Mathematics, Science, and Technology Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 19: Inquiry Charts: Organizing Information for Learning From Texts
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for an Environmental Science Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 20: Digital Pattern Folders: Comprehending Multimodal Texts
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Health and Wellness Learning Community

 
 
Section V. Media and Digital Literacies: Developing Comprehension for Media and Digital Literacies
What Research Has to Say About the Comprehension of Media and Digital Literacies

 
A Framework for Teaching Comprehension of Media and Digital Literacies to Adolescent Learners

 
A Strategy for Assessing Comprehension of Digital Text

 
Reflective Practice on Teaching Digital and Media Literacies

 
 
Chapter 21: Think and Check: Contextualizing and Corroborating Online Information
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Social Studies Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 22: Digital Storytelling: Creating Digital Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Biology Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 23: Wikibooks: Collaborative Research Projects
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Geometry Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 24: Podcasting: Merging Media for Understanding
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Music Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 25: Book Trailers: Insights and Discoveries About Texts
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for an Art Learning Community

 
 
Section VI. Critical Thinking: Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills
What Research Has to Say About the Development of Critical Thinking

 
A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills to Adolescent Students

 
A Strategy for Assessing the Development of Critical Thinking Skills

 
Reflective Practice on Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

 
 
Chapter 26: SCAMPER: Collaborative Analysis of Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Psychology Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 27: Six Thinking Hats: Facilitating Different Modes of Thinking
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Science Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 28: Academic Controversy: Taking Sides on the Issue
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Health Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 29: Three-Level Reading Guide: Developing Literal, Interpretive, and Applied Reading of Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Career Development Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 30: Request Reciprocal Teaching: Collaborative Critical Thinking
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Physics Learning Community

 
 
Section VII. Writing Informational Text: Developing Writing in the Content Areas
What Research Has to Say About the Development of Students’ Writing

 
Best Practices in Academic Writing Instruction

 
A Framework for Teaching Informational Writing Skills to Adolescent Students

 
A Strategy for Assessing the Development of Students’ Writing of Informational Text

 
Reflective Practice on the Teaching of Writing of Informational Text

 
 
Chapter 31: Concept Star: Visualization for a Prewriting Strategy
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a History Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 32: Concept Mind Map: Facilitating Collaborative Writing
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Chemistry Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 33: Research for Choice: Facilitating Student Voice in Academic Writing
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Mathematics Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 34: Shared Pen: Interactive and Collaborative Writing
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Business Education Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 35: Targeted Text: Guided Writing of Informational Text
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Health Learning Community

 
 
Section VIII. Independent Learning Strategies: Promoting Strategies for Independence in Learning
What Research Has to Say About Developing Independence in Learning

 
A Framework for Teaching Independent Learning to Adolescent Students

 
Assessment of Students’ Independence in Learning

 
Reflective Practice on Teaching Independent Learning

 
 
Chapter 36: Talking Around the Text: Using Dialogic Reading and Writing to Promote Independent Learners
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Social Studies Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 37: Textbook Activity Guide: Developing Independence in Learning From the Textbook
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a General Science Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 38: Academic Note Taking: Supporting Students’ Independence in Learning
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for a Studio Arts Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 39: Entrance and Exit Slips: Helping Students to Reflect on Their Learning
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
An Application for an Agriculture Science Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 40: Journaling: Helping Students to Respond, Reflect, and Learn Through Informal Writing
Strategy Overview

 
Step-by-Step Procedure

 
Differentiating Instruction for Striving Readers

 
Considering the Language Needs of English Language Learners (Academic Discourse)

 
Integrating the New Literacies

 
Applications of Journal Writing

 

"Antonacci and O'Callaghan have truly brought content literacy into the technology age with this book, a must-have text that combines classic strategies with digital and other new literacies to prepare teachers for the 21st century classroom!"

Amanda L. Glaze
Jacksonville State University

 “Developing Content Area Literacy provides 40 strategies for middle and secondary classrooms in a format that not only makes the strategies easy to use in the classrooms, but also provides the research behind each one.”

Belinda Laumbach
New Mexico Highlands University

“I like the way each strategy is in its own comprehensive chapter with overviews, step-by-step procedures, differentiation, focus on ELLs, and application of the strategy. Because each has its own chapter, it makes it easy to find/reference each one.”

Amy Hsu
SUNY College at Old Westbury

Strongly considering adoption-practical text fitting nicely into Literacy Integration 7-12.

Dr James N. Nichols
School Of Education, Nyack College-Rockland
June 1, 2016

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Patricia A. Antonacci

Patricia Antonacci is a Professor Emeritus of Education at Iona College. Antonacci entered the teaching profession as a classroom teacher for the middle and elementary grades and continued as a literacy specialist. Her long career in public schools brought her a range of experiences as a teacher at all grade levels including a number of years working in diverse classroom settings. As a reading specialist for K through 12, she assisted teachers in integrating literacy instruction in content areas. Working in a large urban district afforded her rich experiences teaching striving readers and English language learners. Antonacci has taught... More About Author

Catherine M. O'Callaghan

Catherine O’Callaghan is a professor of Education and Chair of the Education Department at Western Connecticut State University. She entered the teaching profession as a classroom teacher and continued her career as a literacy specialist with teaching experiences that span across the grades. Teaching in New York City within diverse settings afforded her a wide range of teaching experiences. Her doctoral degree from Fordham University in Language and Literacy initiated her research interests in new literacies, critical literacies, teacher education, and intervention plans for helping striving readers and writers. O’Callaghan began working... More About Author

Esther Berkowitz

Esther Berkowitz is an associate professor in the Child Study Department and Director of the Master of Arts in Literacy and Cognition, Brooklyn Campus of St. Joseph’s College. Berkowitz taught elementary through middle school for more than 30 years before moving to the college level at St. Joseph’s College. Berkowitz earned her doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Learning from Fordham University. Her dissertation was given Fordham’s Alumni Achievement Award for Outstanding Dissertation. She currently teaches literacy methods courses and supervises action research projects of pre-service teachers. On the graduate level, she teaches... More About Author

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