Content Area Reading and Literacy: Succeeding in Today's Diverse Classrooms, 8th edition

  • Victoria R. Gillis, 
  • George Boggs, 
  • Donna E. Alvermann

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Content Area Reading and Literacy presents a variety of discipline-appropriate literacy practices and strategies for teaching content. A strong emphasis on writing and an up-to-date look at the use of media in teaching are hallmarks of the new edition of this widely popular text.

For courses in content area reading (middle and secondary)

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Published by Pearson (January 1st 2021) - Copyright © 2017

ISBN-13: 9780137411610

Subject: Reading & Literacy

Category: Content Area Reading

Table of contents

I. Brief Table of Contents
1. Content Literacy and the Reading Process
2. Creating Effective Learning Environments
3. Planning for Content Literacy
4. Assessment of Students and Textbooks
5. Preparing to Read
6. Reading to Learn
7. Increasing Vocabulary and Conceptual Growth
8. Reflecting on Reading and Learning
9. Teaching Writing
10. Writing to Learn
11. Writing to Inquire
12. Developing Lifetime Readers: Literature in Content Area Classes

II. Detailed Table of Contents
1. Content Literacy and the Reading Process
Assumptions Underlying Content Teaching
Subject Matter
Role of the Textbook
Active and Independent Readers
Fluent Readers
Fluency with Information Technology
What It Means to Be Literate
Literate Thinking
Content Literacy
Disciplinary Literacy
The New Literacy Studies
The Reading Process
A Cognitive View
A Social Constructionist Perspective
The Role of Motivation
Suggested Readings

2. Creating Effective Learning Environments
Affective Characteristics
Linking Content Literacy with Students' Lives
Adaptive Instruction
Providing Choices
Language as a Vehicle for Teaching and Learning Content
Seeing Language as a Social Practice
Dealing with Gendered Language in the Classroom and the Text
Diversity in Language and Learning
Second-Language Acquisition and Learning
Struggling or Reluctant Readers
Gifted and Talented Learners
Teaching and Learning in Culturally Diverse Classrooms
Today’s Globalizing Influences
Supporting Literacy among Adolescent English Learners
Suggested Readings

3. Planning for Content Literacy
Instructional Decision Making
Essential Questions and Content Objectives
Language and Disciplinary Literacy Objectives
Learning Materials
Student Capabilities and Needs
Evaluation and Assessment
Planning and Educational Technology
Teaching Resources on the Web
Planning Student Involvement with the Internet
Planning for New Literacies
Structured Frameworks for Content Literacy Lessons
The Learning Cycle
Reciprocal Teaching
Reading and Writing Workshops
Beyond the Daily Plan
Unit Planning
Schoolwide Programs
Interdisciplinary Teaching
Thematic Teaching
Suggested Readings

4. Assessment of Students and Textbooks
Assessing Students
Tests and Testing: A Consumer Advisory
Types of Assessment
Purposes of Assessment: Learning about Students
Assessment for Learning: Cognitive Domain
Assessment for Learning: Affective Domain
Assessment of Learning: Grades and Grading
Assessment as Learning: Portfolio Assessment
Assessing Textbooks
Readability Formulas
Consumer Judgments (or Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover)
Suggested Readings

5. Preparing to Read
The Role of Prior Knowledge
Hurdles to New Learning
The Teacher’s Task
Assessing and Building Prior Knowledge
The List-Group-Label Strategy
Graphic Organizers
Reading, Viewing, and Listening
Activating Prior Knowledge with Prereading Strategies
Anticipation Guides
Problem-Solving Activities
Suggested Readings

6. Reading to Learn
Constructing Meaning with Text
Disciplinary Differences in Constructing Meaning
Discipline-Specific Literacy Practices
Helping Students Comprehend
Teaching Students to Be Strategic
Making Text Comprehensible
The Role of Fluency in Comprehension
Close Reading
Questions and Questioning
When to Ask: The Right Time and the Right Place
What to Ask: The Relation between Questions and Answers
How to Ask: Questioning Strategies
Text Structure and Complexity
Common Text Structures
Teaching about Text Structures
Text Complexity
Comprehending Online Texts
Suggested Readings

7. Increasing Vocabulary and Conceptual Growth
Learning Words and Concepts
How Students Learn Vocabulary
Word-Learning Tasks
Levels of Word Knowledge
Types of Vocabulary
Discipline-Specific Vocabulary Characteristics
Readers’ Resources for Learning New Words
Teaching Vocabulary: Preactive Phase
Criteria for Selecting Vocabulary
Guidelines for Vocabulary Instruction
Strategies for Introducing and Teaching Vocabulary:
Preactive/Interactive Phase
Developing Students’ Independence: Interactive Phase
Using Context Clues
Using Familiar Word Parts
Using Dictionaries
Vocabulary Self-Collection
Intensive Approaches for Struggling Readers and English Learners
Reinforcing Vocabulary: Reflective Phase
Literal-Level Activities
Interpretive-Level Activities
Application-Level Activities
Suggested Readings

8. Reflecting on Reading and Learning
Engaging Students through Discussion
Small-Group Discussions
Peer-Led Literature/Learning Circles
Cooperative/Collaborative Learning
Cross-Age Tutoring
Guiding Student Reflection
Reaction Guides
Reading, Viewing, Listening, or Acting for Different
Discussion Webs
Intra-Act Procedure
General Discussion Techniques
Promoting Critical Literacy
Teaching Literacy for Critical Awareness
Incorporating Critical Media Literacy into the Curriculum
Suggested Readings

9. Teaching Writing
Writing Activities for Content Areas
Authentic Writing
Writing Assignments
Writing as a Process
Reviewing and Summarizing
Understanding Writing as a Part of Development
From Pointing to Writing
Reading Is Writing Is Analysis
Responding to Student Writing
Peer Responses
Teacher Conferences
Formal Evaluation
Suggested Readings

10. Writing to Learn
Note-Making Strategies
Strategies That Foster Discipline-Appropriate Thinking
Structured Note Making
Learning Logs and Journals
Think Writes
Response Heuristic
Creative Writing to Learn
Found Poems
Raft Assignments
Other Creative Writing Activities
Suggested Readings

11. Writing to Inquire
Understanding Writing in Context
Academic Literacies
Disciplinary Literacies
21st-Century Literacies
Preparing for Student Inquiry
Collecting and Organizing Information
Research or Three-Search?
Writing a Report
Alternatives to the Traditional Research Report
Multigenre Reports
Information Literacy and Library Skills
Website Evaluation
Collaborative Internet Projects
Suggested Readings

12. Developing Lifetime Readers: Literature in Content Area Classes
Reading among Adolescents
Who’s Reading What?
Reading in the Digital Age
Reading Practices in the Content Areas
Benefits of Moving beyond the Textbook
Encouraging Responses to Literature
Integrating Literature into Content Areas
Uses of Literature in Content Areas
Fiction and Nonfiction for Content Areas
Developing Awareness of Diversity through Texts
Advantages of Using Multicultural Literature
Resistance to Multicultural Literature
Choosing and Using Multicultural Literature
Suggested Readings

Appendix A Word Lover's Booklist
Appendix B Read-Aloud Books for Content Areas
Appendix C Trade Books for Science, Math, and Social Studies
Appendix D Culturally Conscious Trade Books
Appendix E Standards for the Content Areas -- Web Ready/At a Glance
Name Index
Subject Index

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