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.

--poor  organization

--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

--information biased

--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

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