The Reading Teacher
Students comprehend content material by reading, discussing, writing, questioning, investigating, exploring, and organizing. Reading and writing in the content areas relates prior knowledge, classroom interaction, cooperative learning, vocabulary instruction, and questioning techniques. Children practice research skills by organizing information in a meaningful and practical manner. This month's In the Classroom column presents ways in which teachers can enhance their students' comprehension of content area topics by involving them in various classroom activities. Additional resources for content area reading and writing activities follow :
Dupuis, M.M. (1983). Reading in the content areas: Research for teachers. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Graves, D.H. (1989). Investigate nonfiction. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Heimlich, J.E. and Pittelman, S.D. (1986). Semnntic mapping: Classroom applications. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Marzano, R.J, and Marzano, J.S. (1988). A cluster approach to elementary vocabulary instruction. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Thelen, J.N. (1984). Improving reading in science. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
French, Michael P.; Danielson, Kathy Everts; Conn, Maureen; Gale, Willa; Lueck, Charlene; and Manley, Mona, "In the Classroom: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (Dec. '89)" (1989). Teacher Education Faculty Publications. 15.