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Teaching teachers to listen to the voices of students strategically reading

Reading to learn is the challenge of every student as they proceed through school beyond the primary grades. As the grade levels increase so does the difficulty of the material in the textbooks and the amount of reading assigned specifically for the purpose of learning content material. The shift in reading assignments and difficulty at the upper grades requires that all teachers accept the responsibility ofthe role of a "reading teacher". The purpose of this project is to identify and examine specific reading strategies that are appropriate for adolescent readers, and then to develop a workshop to teach those strategies to content area teachers, so they can use them in their classroom. In order to identify strategies that are most important, I documented the impact of explicit instruction in reading strategies on my classroom practices and my students learning. In addition, the workshop will be evaluated through documenting the responses of the teachers who participated in the workshops.

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