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Help! My Students Canít Read Their Textbooks


Boosting reading comprehension
Grade Levels:
Middle
Length:
30 minutes
Taping Rights:
Unlimited
Teaching Materials:
See Below
Program Schedule:
See Below

A KET professional development series designed to help middle-level content-area teachers improve their studentsí ability to read and understand informational texts. The first program provides an overview of the components of the reading process, factors that affect reading success, and how metacognition impacts reading comprehension, while the remaining five programs visit classrooms around Kentucky to focus on various aspects of reading and comprehension. Topics include teaching vocabulary, addressing prior knowledge in the content-area classroom, using explicit strategies during the reading process to help students comprehend and remember, questioning students during and after reading, and using technology appropriately.

Length: 6 programs; 30 minutes each
Audience: middle-level teachers, all content areas


Programs

  1. Series host Dr. Dorie Combs, associate professor at Eastern Kentucky University, describes the factors that affect success with a particular reading task and provides a process for determining the level of instructional scaffolding necessary for reading based on the characteristics of the text and the readers. She concludes with tips for improving reading in the middle grades.

  2. 6th-grade mathematics teacher Paula Cissell describes the connection between reading and mathematics in her classroom and how she balances the demands of her content area with developing strategic readers. She then leads her students through a polygon classification activity using both the Freyer model and semantic mapping.

  3. Mark Kendrickís 6th-grade social studies students tackle the difficult task of reading and synthesizing information about the three major belief systems found in ancient China. Using the features of text to discern main ideas and important facts, they complete an engaging activity in which they create a character collage. Mark also discusses the importance of reading in social studies and offers insights into balancing reading instruction with class content.

  4. 7th-grade science teacher Jane Clouse begins a unit on climate change by reading the story of Chicken Little to her students to introduce an article dealing with changes in the ionosphere resulting from global warming. As the students work through the article, she leads them to use their knowledge of prefixes and suffixes to understand its technical content. She concludes the dayís instruction with an engaging critical thinking activity in which students are required to listen to evidence and make judgments about a particular compound based on its effects on the environment.

  5. In Melinda Williamsí language arts classroom, students are reading the popular novel Bud, Not Buddy and using textual evidence to predict and draw conclusions. Melinda also leads them in using contextual clues to define unknown vocabulary. She stresses the importance of helping students connect the strategies they learn in her class to the reading and writing they do in other content areas.

  6. Science teacher Julie Hundley uses paired reading, rather than the more traditional round-robin reading, and provides her students with a way to organize the information they are gathering as they read passages about the endocrine system from their textbook. The 4-R organizer asks students to recall factual information, respond to that information on a personal level, reflect on the importance of the information, and determine areas they would like to research further based on their reading.

Teaching Materials

DOWNLOADABLE GUIDE
http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/help_readingtextbooks.pdf
$0.00
PDF format
KET Online
DOWNLOADABLE GUIDE
http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/help_readingtextbooks.pdf
$0.00
PDF format
KET Online
DOWNLOADABLE GUIDE
http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/help_readingtextbooks.pdf
$0.00
PDF format
KET Online
DOWNLOADABLE GUIDE
http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/help_readingtextbooks.pdf
$0.00
PDF format
KET Online
DOWNLOADABLE GUIDE
http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/help_readingtextbooks.pdf
$0.00
PDF format
KET Online
DOWNLOADABLE GUIDE
http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/help_readingtextbooks.pdf
$0.00
PDF format
KET Online
VIDEO OR DVD
KET Professional Development
(800) 432-0951
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296
pd@ket.org
VIDEO OR DVD
KET Professional Development
(800) 432-0951
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296
pd@ket.org
VIDEO OR DVD
KET Professional Development
(800) 432-0951
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296
pd@ket.org
VIDEO OR DVD
KET Professional Development
(800) 432-0951
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296
pd@ket.org
VIDEO OR DVD
KET Professional Development
(800) 432-0951
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296
pd@ket.org
VIDEO OR DVD
KET Professional Development
(800) 432-0951
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296
pd@ket.org


Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27-Aug-2013 09:58:43 EDT