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Building Content Literacy

Building Content Literacy
Strategies for the Adolescent Learner

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May 2010 | 176 pages | Corwin
Presenting a snapshot of how adolescents learn, Roberta L. Sejnost and Sharon M. Thiese offer research-based best practices and strategies that enable teachers to increase student learning by more effectively integrating reading, writing, and critical thinking into their content instruction.

Building Content Literacy: Strategies for the Adolescent Learner begins with a discussion of the challenges of teaching adolescents and follows with:

- Strategies to foster acquisition of specialized and technical content vocabulary

- Specific processes and skills students may use to comprehend narrative and expository texts

- A variety of writing-to-learn strategies

Speaking-to-learn strategies.

Finally, the authors consider the challenges that face students in the age of technology and address the new literacies that can be utilized to engage students and increase learning.

About the Authors
1. The Challenge of Adolescent Literacy
What Is the Challenge?

How Can We Meet the Challenge?

Content Area Literacy

Meeting the Standards

The Challenge of Reading Diverse Texts

Reading Narrative Texts

Reading Expository Texts

Scaffolding Instruction for Special Needs Students

Chapter Summary

2. Teaching Specialized and Technical Vocabulary
The Implication of Teaching Vocabulary

Teaching Vocabulary in Content Area Disciplines

Word Categorization Activities

Graphic Representations

The Writing Connection

Chapter Summary

3. Reading to Learn in Content Area Disciplines
Reading in Specific Content Area Disciplines

Scaffolding Reading in Specific Content Areas

Chapter Summary

4. Writing to Learn in Content Area Disciplines
A Rationale for Writing to Learn

Writing-to-Learn Strategies

Chapter Summary

5. Speaking to Learn in Content Area Disciplines
A Rationale for Speaking to Learn

Speaking-to-Learn Strategies

Chapter Summary

6. Fostering Real World Literacy
The Literacies of the Real World

The Internet

Informational Literacy

Inquiry-Based Learning

Information-Gathering and Analysis Activities

Problem-Based Project Learning

Project-Based Learning

Media Literacy

Visual Literacy

Chapter Summary


"Secondary teachers will find this book a superb resource to inform the teaching and learning of their students, as it includes many research-based strategies to enhance reading comprehension and written language in every area."

Johneen Griffin, Director of Secondary Pupil Services
Olentangy Local Schools, Lewis Center, OH

"Sejnost and Thiese address the national literacy crisis by providing a practical guidebook that meets the needs of adolescent learners by focusing on the literacy skills needed for the 21st century. They provide educators with a book that engages the learner and creates independence in content area reading."

Rusti Russow, Director of Teaching and Learning
Kankakee School District, IL

"Sejnost and Thiese have read the minds of teachers everywhere and have provided exactly the right book. This resource offers engaging, focused lessons that will meet the needs of a variety of students. The recommended strategies are supported by research and explained clearly, making this book informative and easy to use."

Roxanne Farwick Owens, Chair, Teacher Education, DePaul University
Past President, Illinois Reading Council

"Very useful and practical for those enrolled in teaching methods courses for secondary English and practitioners interested the latest research on reading, literacy, and writing in the content areas, as well as practical applications and model lessons. It emphasizes how adolescent learners have special needs, whether they are gifted students taking accelerated courses or those with limited skills coming from disadvantaged schools with few resources. By offering examples using multiple modalities for instruction, the book is a very welcome resource, one which I wish I had had years ago as a new high school teacher. It encourages teachers to employ collaborative learning, problem-based learning and other strategies and provides them with many templates."

Nancy V. Workman, Professor of English
Lewis University

"This clear and concise text does an excellent job in preparing preservice and practicing teachers to use content area strategies to teach literacy in the disciplines. The chapter on real-world literacy is especially timely and useful. We definitely plan on using this valuable resource to help us better prepare the teachers of tomorrow."

Timothy U. Kaufman, Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

"Sejnost and Thiese provide strategies to help all adolescent students in all content areas be more successful. Based on the authors' extensive expeience and research, readers are shown the importance of developmentally appropriate learning, methods and strategies that are challenging and engaging for adolescent learners, and the motivational value that comes from data-driven feedback."

Nancy W. Sindelar, Writer, Consultant, and Lecturer

A good overview text for use in an undergraduate introductory literacy course for pre-service content area teachers.

Mr Rhett Hutchins
Language & Literacy Education, University of Georgia
October 15, 2012

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