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Ready-to-Use Activities & Materials for Improving Content Reading Skills

ISBN: 978-0-13-007815-5
528 pages
April 1999, Jossey-Bass
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For teachers, reading specialists and special educators in grades 4-12, this practical resource is packed with hundreds of strategies and activities for evaluating and improving students' reading, writing, study, and test-taking skills in all content areas. It first provides several ways to categorize the skills needed and lists of specialized vocabulary and skills required for effective reading/writing/study skill in each subject area. It then provides a multitude of ready-to-use methods and over 100 reproducible activities to help assess and improve the ability of all students. Special features include a list of multicultural trade books useful for all students, guidelines for using teacher-pupil conferences to assess skills, computer software for vocabulary in the content fields, ideas for students with limited English-speaking ability, professional resource books for teachers of students who are at risk, and more.
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The Practical Help This Book Offers.

CHAPTER 1: Teaching The Required Vocabulary And Skills For Effective Reading And Writing In The Content Areas.

CHAPTER 2: Ready-To-Use Strategies And Activity Sheets For Assessing Competencies And Weaknesses In Content Reading, Writing, And Study Skills In Both Whole Language And Traditional Literacy Programs.

CHAPTER 3: Ready-To-Use Strategies And Activity Sheets For Improving Vocabulary In The Content Areas.

CHAPTER 4: Ready-To-Use Strategies And Activity Sheets For Improving Comprehension, Critical (Evaluative) Reading, And Creative (Applied) Reading In The Content Areas.

CHAPTER 5: Ready-To-Use Strategies And Activity Sheets For Improving Writing Skills In The Content Areas.

CHAPTER 6: Ready-To-Use Strategies And Activity Sheets For Adapting The Literacy-Study Skills To The Unique Demands Of Literature, Social Studies, Science, And Mathematics.

CHAPTER 7: Strategies For Improving Test Construction And Test-Taking Skills In The Content Areas.

CHAPTER 8: Ready-To-Use Strategies And Materials For Teaching Content Reading And Writing To "At-Risk" Students.
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Wilma H. Miller, Ed.D., is former Professor of Education at Illinois State University in Normal, where she taught undergraduate and graduate students in reading for over 25 years. Prior to that she was an elementary school teacher in Illinois and Arizona. Dr. Miller has published numerous journal articles dealing with reading, and has also authored 17 books in the field, including Reading Comprehension Activities Kit (1990), Complete Reading Disabilities Handbook (1993), and Alternative Assessment Techniques for Reading & Writing (1995), all published by The Center for Applied Research in Education.
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