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Subjects Matter, Second Edition: Exceeding Standards Through Powerful Content-Area Reading / Edition 2

Subjects Matter, Second Edition: Exceeding Standards Through Powerful Content-Area Reading / Edition 2

by Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Steven Zemelman
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"To help every kid fall in love with at least one field of knowledge, our students must encounter our fields' most galvanizing, tantalizing, and pivotal documents. This book is about making those encounters as compelling as we can make them."
-Harvey "Smokey" Daniels and Steven Zemelman

We are specialists to the bone-in science, math, social studies, art, music, business, and foreign language. But now, the Common Core and state standards require us to help our students better understand the distinctive texts in our subject areas. "Nobody's making us into reading teachers," write Smokey Daniels and Steve Zemelman, "but we must become teachers of disciplinary thinking through our students' reading."

If this shift sounds like a tough one, Subjects Matter, Second Edition is your solution. Smokey and Steve, two of America's most popular educators, share exactly what you need to help students read your nonfiction content closely and strategically:

  • 27 proven teaching strategies that help meet-and exceed-the standards
  • how-to suggestions for engaging kids with content through wide, real-world reading
  • a lively look at using "boring" textbooks
  • motivating instruction that's powered by student collaboration
  • specifics for helping struggling readers succeed.

Subjects Matter, Second Edition enables deep, thoughtful learning for your students, while keeping the irreverent, inspiring heart that's made the first edition indispensable. You'll discover fresh and re-energized lessons, completely updated research, and vibrant vignettes from new colleagues and old friends who have as much passion for their subjects as you do.

"We'll be using methods particular to our fields as well as engaging reading materials that help students understand and remember our content better," write Smokey and Steve. "We can realize that vision of the light going on in kids' heads and maybe fill them with enthusiasm about the amazing subject matter that we have to offer. Sound good? Let's get to work."

Read a sample chapter from Subjects Matter, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325050836
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 02/27/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 108,313
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Harvey "Smokey" Daniels has been a city and suburban classroom teacher and a college professor, and now works as a national consultant and author on literacy education. In language arts, Smokey is known for his pioneering work on student book clubs, as recounted in Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups, and Minilessons for Literature Circles. His latest bestselling books on content-area literacy are The Curious Classroom; Comprehension & Collaboration, Second Edition; Upstanders; Subjects Matter, Second Edition; the Texts and Lessons series; and Content-Area Writing. He is also coauthor of Best Practice, Fourth Edition, and The Best Practice Video Companion as well as editor of Comprehension Going Forward. Smokey works with elementary and secondary teachers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, offering demonstration lessons, workshops, and consulting, with a special focus on creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries and discussions of all kinds. Smokey shows colleagues how to simultaneously build students' reading strategies, balance their reading diets, and strengthen the social skills they need to become genuine lifelong readers. Connect with Smokey @smokeylit. READING Comprehension Going Forward Mini-lessons for Literature Circles Subjects Matter, Second Edition Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature WRITING Community of Writers Content-Area Writing LITERACY The Curious Classroom Comprehension & Collaboration, Second Edition Inquiry Circles for Elementary Classrooms Inquiry Circles for Secondary Classrooms SCHOOL CULTURE Best Practice, Fourth Edition Best Practice Video Companion Rethinking High School Rethinking High School Video Upstanders

Steven Zemelman's newest Heinemann title is From Inquiry to Action, which combines two of his education passions: Choice-based inquiry approaches and civic action. He blogs frequently about the ideas behind the book and about how educators around the US are applying them at his blog Civic Action in Schools. Steve has worked in many capacities to promote the sustainability of innovative schools in Chicago. For eight years he directed the Center for City Schools at National-Louis University, and he is a founding director of the Illinois Writing Project. He has spearheaded the start of a number of innovative small high schools in the city. His experiences and research in these areas led to his Heinemann book 13 Steps to Teacher Empowerment, coauthored with Harry Ross. Steve has been a frequent collaborator with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels. They have coauthored seven books and videos with Heinemann, including Subjects Matter, Second Edition; Best Practice, Fourth Edition, and The Best Practice Video Companion; Content-Area Writing; Rethinking High School and its companion video; and A Community of Writers. These books are filled with practical strategies for making writing, reading, the content areas, and indeed the life of a school itself into a deeper and richer learning experience for kids. Zemelmen and Daniels are known for immediately useful teaching strategies that range from brief, easy-to-use reflections that help students learn right in class to bigger public-writing projects that can make school truly memorable for kids and teachers alike. Steve consults with schools and districts around the country and may be contacted directly at or @StevenZemelman.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 The Core Purposes of Reading 1

Two Visions of Reading 9

Why Content Teachers Care About Reading 9

Reading and School Reform 11

Content-Area Reading and the Common Core State Standards 14

The Goals of This Book 21

Chapter 2 How Smart Readers Think 27

Reading Lessons 28

Various Kinds of Reading 38

If That's What Reading Involves, What Does It Mean for Our Teaching? 41

Chapter 3 Why Textbooks Are Not Enough 45

The Central Role of Textbooks 46

Getting Better? 49

The Trouble with Textbooks 52

What Can We Do? 59

Chapter 4 Toward a Balanced Diet of Reading 63

A Balance of What? 68

Building a Classroom Library 78

Using and Managing Your Classroom Library 84

Chapter 5 Tools for Thinking: Reading Strategies Across the Curriculum 87

The Key to Teaching the Strategies: Gradual Release of Responsibility 89

Think-Alouds 94

Reading Aloud 98

Frontloading with Images 100

KWL 104

Prereading Quiz (PRQ) 107

Dramatic Role-Play 110

Vocabulary Predictions 112

Partner Reading 115

Post-it Response Notes 118

Annotating Text 121

Coding Text 125

Multicolumn Notes 128

Sketching My Way Through the Text 131

Turn and Talk 134

Tweet the Text 138

Exit Slips and Admit Slips 140

Word Wall 143

Word Meaning Graphic Organizer 147

Vocabulary Tree 150

List-Group-Label 153

Clustering and Mapping 155

Written Conversation 159

Second Helpings 163

Where Do You Stand? 166

RAFT Essay 169

Password 173

Chapter 6 How to Use a Textbook 177

Don't Assign the Whole Textbook 177

Be Selective 178

Focus on Academic Vocabulary 179

Find Out What's Really on the Big Test 181

Ways to Use Textbooks More Effectively 182

Substituting for the Textbook 198

Get a Better Textbook! 199

Chapter 7 Building a Community of Learners 203

Taking Action in All Subjects 206

Putting it All Together 218

ER 8: Independent Beading Workshop in Content Areas 221

Individual and Small-Group Independent Reading 222

Conduct Minilessons 227

Keep Students on Task During Reading Time 230

Conduct One-on-One Conferences During Reading Time 230

Record Observations of Students' Reading and Understanding 231

Make Student Sharing and Presentations Really Work 231

Use Web Tools for Sharing and Publishing When Possible 232

What About Assessment? 235

Always the Big Question: Time 235

Chapter 9 Content-Area Book Clubs 241

Origins of Content-Area Book Clubs 243

Getting Started with Book Clubs 244

The Teacher's Role 249

Projects 250

Assessment 250

Chapter 10 Inquiry Units 257

Inquiry: A New Old Idea 260

What Is Inquiry? 263

Management Tips for Inquiry Projects 269

Assessment (and Grading) of Inquiry Projects 271

Yes, We Do Have Time for Inquiry! 271

Chapter 11 Help for Struggling Readers 277

Create Supportive Relationships 280

Model Thoughtful Reading 283

Promote Students' Self-Monitoring 284

Use Materials Students Can Successfully Read 284

Build Engagement with the Text 285

Provide Materials in Various Formats 287

How Students See It 287

Chapter 12 Recommendations from Reading Research 291

Major Conclusions from Recent Reading Research 293

Conclusion 303

Research Works Cited 304

General Works Cited 309

Index 318

About the Authors 326

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