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Readers at Risk: 160 Activities to Develop Language Arts Skills in the Inclusive Classroom

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7549-4
336 pages
August 2005, Jossey-Bass
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Readers at Risk is designed to provide grade-level-appropriate material for struggling special education students and for students who are testing below their grade level. Many of the book’s vocabulary building activities are designed to build students’ confidence and include easy-to-identify answers in the form of questions or quotations. Readers at Risk focuses on nonfiction and testing prompts, taught with engaging crossword puzzles and fun magic squares. It makes the reading experience and word play more enjoyable for exceptional students without creating more paperwork for teachers.  


Readers at Risk includes a wide-range of activities across the curriculum on topics appealing to high school readers.

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Table of Contents

About This Resource.

About the Author.


Section One: Building Words.

Section Two: Making Sense with Words.

Section Three: Becoming a Better Reader.

Section Four: Reading Comprehension in Math and Science Classes.

Section Five: Reading Comprehension in Social Studies Classes.

Section Six: Reading Comprehension in Biography and Current Affairs.

Section Seven: Reading Comprehension in Language Arts Classes.

Answer Key.
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Author Information

Jack Umstatter teaches English in the Cold Spring Harbor School District on Long Island, New York. He has taught English on both the junior high school and senior high school levels since 1972. He has been selected as Teacher of the Year several times and was elected to Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He is the author of several books including Grammar Grabbers!; English Brainstormers!; and Words, Words, Words—all from Jossey-Bass.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Ample teacher resources are included throughout with activities, exercises, and answer keys
  • Assists teachers to implement new federal law mandates on inclusion
  • Lessons and examples represent core content reading areas across the curriculum (in addition to language arts, key subject areas such as: mathematics, science, and social studies samples and references throughout various units)
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"Jack Umstatter, a proven master teacher, has hit the mark once again. Readers at Risk provides ready-to-use materials that are geared to improving specific skills across the content areas. What a great way to build the confidence of the reluctant reader!"
—Kenneth Hartill, high school principal, West Islip High School, West Islip, New York

"Jack Umstatter shares a treasure trove of practical and vigorous activities that spark the interest level of all readers . . . a golden opportunity to capture the wonder of reading, foster critical thinking, and realize results for all students. Teachers will embrace the chance to teach meaningful and purposeful lessons that engage students. It’s an invitation to learn!"
—Linda Lippman, Ed.D., Director of Human Resources, Islip Union Free School District

"Readers at Risk contains activities that will aid both the student with limited reading ability and the reluctant reader, particularly as they develop strategies for comprehending fiction and non-fiction. The across-the-curriculum passages and related activities are excellent."
—Tom Hall, principal, Bromfield High School, Harvard, Massachusetts

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