Stretching Beyond the Textbook

Reading and Succeeding With Complex Texts in the Content Areas

By: Lauren Francese and Rebecca Marsick

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Product Description:

Meet the CCSS requirement of increased nonfiction reading in the content areas with these classroom-tested, differentiated lessons that teach students to comprehend complex texts. Learn how to:

• select books and other complex texts that support the curriculum
• craft essential questions that delve into key content
• teach reading strategies targeted for nonfiction texts
• facilitate small-group meetings and whole-group discussions focused on text-specific questions
• model how to support arguments with textual evidence
• incorporate writing to improve comprehension
• design assessments to monitor progress and adjust instruction

Designed for middle school, this rigorous approach to teaching in the content areas develops independence, fosters responsibility, and really builds content-area knowledge. A must-have for the CCSS classroom!

Grades 6 - 12

The MINDful reading experience is when students:

• Read a whole book or selected excerpts of a text
• Explore a curricular or content-area focus in depth
• Practice essential literacy skills
• Engage in thoughtful dialogue with their peers

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