+ Resources For Content Area Literacy

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This is “Feldman’s Biased Bibliography” on content area literacy, from Dr Kevin Feldman  (contact kfeldman@scoe.org to join a listserve for wonderful resources!)

1.)     Skills for School Success      – Curriculum Associates 800-225-0248  “Fabulous set of modules pitched at secondary students, developed by noted author/researchers.  Modules include text book reading, learning from lectures/presentations, school organization/time management skills and more.  Powerful and teacher friendly.”

2.     REWARDS PLUS           – Sopris West   www.sopriswest.com   800-547-6747  “The follow up program to REWARDS; it is actually a content literacy program using Social Studies as context.  Rich passages pitched at about 8th grade level serve as a vehicle for systematically teaching advanced decoding, fluency, vocabulary, handling multiple-choice and short answer comp questions, as well as summary writing.  REWARDS PLUS for science is now available.”

3.     What’s Happening?        831-426-6532     www.whpubs.com     “A terrific resource of monthly expository articles on topics related to California, USA and the world.  Using very topical subjects, articles are re-written to be short, student friendly, and packed with useful information.  Aslo comes in 3 formats: 7-8 grade; 4-5 grade; and Spanish.  Cool resource.”

4.     McREL     –  Teaching Reading in the Content Areas: If not me then who?     www.mcrel.org    “Fine  collection of strategies; a one-stop shopping package of strategies for vocabulary, comprehension, etc.  Also out, a new book on content literacy and science.   (Marzano’s book from ASCD, Classroom Instruction That Works, 2002,  provides a good synthesis of research validated instructional strategies across content domains).”

5.     Kate Kinsella on Content Area Reading     -pub:  Globe Fearon ; katek@sfsu.org      “Incredibly gifted teacher, author, thinker and presenter.  Reading, writing, strategic instruction.”

6.     Ed Ellis     – www.graphicorganizers.com     205-339-3704     “One of the main researchers behind U of Kansas’s SIM model for adolescents with learning challenges.  Website has a rich array of graphic or cognitive organizers and related tools.  He calls his work ‘watering UP the curriculum’!  Offers training, CD ROMs, books etc.”

7)     SIM – Strategies Intervention Model at U of Kansas     www.ku-crl.org    785-864-4780     “SIM is one of the longest running research centers dedicated to solving the problems of older struggling students.  They have developed and validated an array of content area teaching strategies, content enhancements, lesson-unit organizers and more.”

8)     Project CRISS     – www.projectcriss.com    406-758-6440     “One of the very first projects dedicated to bringing research based strategies to content area teachers.  CRISS  (‘Creating Independence Through Student-Owned Strategies’) is a solid approach to providing specific vocabulary and reading comp strategies to 7-12 teachers.”

9)     Strategic Teaching and Learning:  Standards Based Instruction to Promote Content Literacy in Grades 4-12     Available from California Dept of Education   916-445-1260  “Written by a team of skilled teachers, the STL book is loaded with excellent strategies for content area teaching, although there is a lack of detail (e.g. step-by-step lesson plans).”

10)     Reading For Understanding:   A Guide to Improving Reading in Middle and High Schools; from WestEd    510-302-4245     www.wested.org    “(also related project Strategic Literacy Initiative) this guide is often referred to as ‘the reading apprenticeship program’ and is based on work done originally in a San Francisco High School; focus on 9th graders reading at a 6-7th grade level.”

11)     Scholastic Tech-Based Resources  —  Read 180 — Read About    www.scholastic.com     “For one of the best uses of technology to support academic literacy/vocabulary work;  ‘Read About’  is for grades 3-8.  All non-fiction, very engaging, directly teaches high use academic and discipline-specific terms.   ‘READ 180’ is their intervention program; the Enterprise Edition includes the ‘rBook’ which directly teaches key comprehension strategies, academic vocabulary, and writing in response to reading.”

source: handout from Dr Kevin Feldman.  For this and more go to kfeldman@lists.scoe.org  to join a listserve of marvelous usefulness. 

tutoring in Columbus OH   Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com

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