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Paving the Way in Reading and Writing: Strategies and Activities to Support Struggling Students in Grades 6-12

ISBN: 978-0-7879-6414-6
272 pages
April 2003, Jossey-Bass
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Paving the Way in Reading and Writing offers secondary teachers from across the content areas a structured approach for motivating reluctant and disengaged students to tackle difficult reading and writing assignments and thus boost their potential for academic success. Drawing on relevant theory and research and the author's extensive experience as a teacher and teacher trainer, the book presents an arsenal of practical instructional strategies along with teacher-tested tools, techniques, and activities for helping students improve their comprehension of informational and literary text as well as strengthen their written communications. Activities combining reading and writing tasks are emphasized along with graphic exercises for engaging the more visually oriented students. The book also provides guidance on using the computer as a literacy tool and on improving students' grammar, spelling, and research skills. In addition, it offers extensive listings of web-based instructional resources.


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Preface.

Teacher Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

ONE: Building the Twin Pillars of Literacy.

Improving Reading and Writing in Every Classroom.

Integrating Process and Visualization Approaches.

A Four-Part Instructional Framework.

Conclusion: Removing the Obstacles.

TWO: Developing the Reader’s Confidence: Prepare and First Dare.

A Structured Approach to Support Strategic Reading.

Schema Theory of Reading Comprehension.

Easily Implemented Classroom Activities.

Conclusion: It Takes a Village.

THREE: Moving to Richer Comprehension: Repair and Share.

Repairing Initial Understandings.

Easily Implemented Classroom Activities.

Sharing Understanding and Interpretation.

Conclusion: The Right of Return.

FOUR: Working with Literary Texts.

Prepare and First Dare Exercises.

Repairing Literary Understanding.

Sharing Understanding and Interpretation.

A Sample Lesson.

Conclusion: Setting Students Up for Success.

FIVE: Writing for Content Learning.

Instructional Framework.

Planning Assignments.

Basic Writing Activities: Talking Back with Memos.

Preparing Short Critiques: The Postcard.

Expository Exercises: The News Article.

The Informative Narrative.

Repaired Editing Activities: The Sentence Opening Sheet.

Conclusion: Making the Case for Writing.

SIX: Developing Advanced Writing Skills.

Synthesizing Content: Study Guide Activities.

Persuasive Writing: Letter Activities.

Expressing Ideas and Opinions: A Sample Lesson.

Other Traditional Writing Assignments.

Final Thoughts on Writing for the Share Stage.

Conclusion: Sharing Content Understanding.

SEVEN: Supporting the Task of Writing.

Managing Writing in the Classroom.

Making Use of Technical Tools.

Building Spelling and Grammar Skills.

Teaching Research Tactics.

Conclusion: Smoothing the Road.

Epilogue: The Work Ahead.

Appendix: Web-Based Instructional Resources.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Larry Lewin, a former teacher, is author of numerous books on teaching practice and consults nationally to school districts on professional development topics.
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