Why Teach Content Reading?
*We never stop learning to read.
*Students don't, or can't, read their textbooks.
*There are many problems with the textbook.
--sequence of events not in order
--abrupt shifts in topic
--headings, subheadings not related
--subheadings not related to material contained in the section
--too much material covered in one chapter
--too many unrelated details
--little depth on any topic
--vocabulary not explained or poorly explained
--pictures not explained
--pictures and maps not related to information on the page
--poor sentence structure
--short, choppy sentences
--questions at the end of chapters focus on details
--some questions not answerable based on information given
What We Teach When We Teach
Content Area Reading:
Source: Karen M. Feathers, Infotext