Building Comprehension In Adolescents: Powerful Strategies For Improving Reading And Writing In Content Areas by Linda MasonBuilding Comprehension In Adolescents: Powerful Strategies For Improving Reading And Writing In Content Areas by Linda Mason

Building Comprehension In Adolescents: Powerful Strategies For Improving Reading And Writing In…

byLinda Mason, Robert Reid, Jessica Hagaman

Paperback | May 14, 2012

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Comprehension problems have become an epidemic: One out of every four secondary school students is unable to read and comprehend the material in textbooks.* Start addressing the root of the problem today with this practical guidebook, designed to strengthen adolescents' reading comprehension and written expression so they can master academic content.

Developed for middle and high school teachers, this book helps educators improve students' reading and writing throughSelf-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), an evidence-based instructional approach that shows students how to apply proven strategies independently to boost their school success. Teachers will getcomplete lesson plansfor teaching strategies that

  • Use proven, validated SRSD methodsthat are based on sound instructional theory and have had documented positive effects.
  • Build a foundation for higher achievement.Teachers will discover ways to embed reading, writing, and organization strategies into science and social studies lessons, so students can sharpen their understanding of complex academic content.
  • Are classroom-ready and easy-to-use, with helpful lesson overviews and objectives, suggested teacher scripts, explicit step-by-step instructions, and detailed vignettes.
  • Help a wide range of struggling learners, from students with disabilities to learners who simply need extra supports (great for the whole class or with individual students!).
  • Free up teacher time.When students learn self-regulation strategies, teachers have much more flexibility—they can assist one group while other students engage in productive independent work.

Practical, photocopiable worksheets and other instructional materials make the lessons easy to implement in any classroom. Teachers will help students develop new skills with a variety of self-monitoring checklists, goal charts, self-instruction sheets, graphic organizers, and more.

With the highly effective strategies in this research-backed guide, educators will help build a stronger foundation for academic success and ensure that all of their students are reading and writing to learn.

*The Alliance for Excellent Education, 2006

Improve skills critical to higher achievement:

  • vocabulary development
  • essay writing
  • story writing
  • biography writing
  • identifying the main idea of a paragraph
  • summarizing content
  • quick writing
  • sustaining attention
  • goal setting
  • note organization
  • classroom preparation
  • homework completion

Dr. Linda H. Mason has a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education and the Children, Youth, and Families Consortium at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Mason taught special education in an inclusive public elementary school for six years. She ha...
Title:Building Comprehension In Adolescents: Powerful Strategies For Improving Reading And Writing In…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:May 14, 2012Publisher:Brookes PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1598572105

ISBN - 13:9781598572100

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Table of Contents

About the Authors


I. Developing Strategy Acquisition and Self-Regulation

  1. Introduction
  2. Effective Instruction for Strategy Instruction
  3. Teaching Self-Regulation

II. Reading to Learn

  1. Reading to Learn in Content Text
  2. TRAP for Reading Comprehension
  3. TRAP IDEAS for Summarizing
  4. Thinking about Reading with TWA
    Learning to Read Appendix

III. Writing to Learn

  1. Writing to Learn
  2. C-SPACE for Narrative Writing
  3. STOP & DARE for Persuasive Writing
  4. TWA + PLANS for Informative Writing
  5. Quick Writers

IV. Homework

  1. Homework Strategies