Comprehending Content (Video)

Reading Across the Curriculum, Grades 6-12

Teachers of adolescents across the country are under enormous pressure to cover more content in their disciplines, to make instruction more relevant to students, and to help students acquire the reading skills they need to succeed on standardized tests and beyond. In this video program, high school teacher Cris Tovani brings viewers into her school and classroom and shows how she and her colleagues are meeting the challenge of improving students' reading skills across the curriculum.

Description

Teachers of adolescents across the country are under enormous pressure to cover more content in their disciplines, to make instruction more relevant to students, and to help students acquire the reading skills they need to succeed on standardized tests and beyond. In this video program, high school teacher Cris Tovani brings viewers into her school and classroom and shows how she and her colleagues are meeting the challenge of improving students' reading skills across the curriculum. The prog...read more

About the Author(s)

Cris is an internationally known consultant who focuses on issues of disciplinary reading and writing instruction. She was awarded the 2017 Thought Leader Award from the International Literacy Association. Cris has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. She is the author of five books, most recently Why do I Have to Read This? Cris has taught students from grades 1-12 and continues to study the “knowing-doing gap” by investigating how best practice research can be practically applied to a variety of instructional settings.

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Table of Contents

Tape 1

Program 1: Modeling What Good Readers Do (32:25)

  • Series Introduction 0:00-2:25 (2:25)
  • Modeling What Good Readers Do 2:25-9:30 (7:05)
  • Modeling and Practice with Short Text 9:30-17:20 (7:50)
  • Sticking with Difficult Text 17:20-25:30 (8:10)
  • Drawing Conclusions 25:30-30:45 (5:15)

Program 2: Interpreting Data: Charts, Graphs, Standardized Tests (28:55)

  • Interpreting Data 0:55-4:25 (3:30)
  • Analyzing Data and Drawing Conclusions 4:25-11:10 (6:55)
  • Data Reading: Key Terms 11:10-16:30 (5:20)
  • Data Reading: Guided Practice 16:30-27:07 (10:37)

Tape 2

Program 3: Reading Like a Mathematician (27:58)

  • Collaborative Math Instruction 0:55-15:10 (14:14)
  • Debrief and Reflection 15:10-24:22 (9:12)
  • Connecting Strategies Across Disciplines 24:22-26:18 (1:56)

Program 4: Synthesizing Complex Ideas (30:02)

  • Day 1: Building Background Knowledge: Recent Wars 0:55-9:45 (8:50)
  • Day 2: Synthesizing for New Thinking 9:45-19:33 (9:48)
  • Day 3: Questioning World Events 19:33-24:50 (5:17)
  • Day 4: Trusting the Value of the Content 24:50-28:22 (3:32)

Product Details

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Year: 2003

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