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.

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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 Tovani taught first grade to seniors for 31 years. Her entire career has been spent trying to figure out the “knowing-doing” gap. Researchers tell teachers what they should be doing but actually doing it with 125+ students is a whole new ball game.

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

Grade Range: 6-12
Media: 120 minutes, 2 discs + viewing guide
Year: 2003
Item No: 0459
ISBN: 978-157110-459-5

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