50 Instructional Routines to Develop Content Literacy eBook, 3rd Edition

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50 Instructional Routines to Develop Content Literacy eBook, 3rd Edition

By Douglas Fisher, William G. Brozo, Nancy Frey, Gay Ivey
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Some of the best-known authors in the field come together to provide teachers with fifty step-by-step procedures for implementing content area instructional routines to improve students’ literacy skills. 50 Instructional Routines to Develop Content Literacy, 3rd Edition helps adolescents to become more successful readers. Middle and high school teachers can immediately put to use its practical information and classroom examples from science, social studies, English, math, the visual and performing arts, and core electives to improve students’ reading, writing, and oral language development. Going above and beyond basic classroom strategies, the instructional routines recommend simple changes to teachers’ everyday instruction that foster student comprehension, such as thinking aloud, using question-answer relationships, and teaching with word walls.


The routines are:

  • Selected to ensure that all students engage in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing as part of the literacy process.
  • Taken from real classrooms, real students, and real results.
  • Organised for easy and quick referencing.
  • Applicable to English learners and struggling readers.
  • Selected to ensure that all students engage in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing as part of the literacy process. All routines are:
    • Evidence-based: A clear research base is presented with every instructional routine–readers learn when and why to use a particular approach.
    • Useful: Only those routines that have been used successfully by the authors or their colleagues are included, avoiding others that are too complex, require too much time, or cannot be implemented with groups of students.
  • Content area appropriate: The routines can be used in every middle and high school content area or class.
  • Taken from real classrooms, real students, and real results.
    • Practical examples are presented for each routine, illustrating the ways it has been used in actual classrooms.
    • NEW! Detailed classroom scenarios that are stronger and easier to implement. Many of the student work samples are from the authors’ own classrooms, and give readers reliable examples of actual outcomes.
  • Organised for easy and quick referencing.
    • The alphabetical arrangement makes it easy to find a specific routine.
    • An index on the inside front cover specifies each strategy’s literacy focus and whether it is meant to be used before, during, or after reading.
    • Introductions for each routine include brief reviews of the research.
    • Step-by-step guidelines for implementing the routines follow the introduction.
    • Classroom examples further illustrate the successful implementation of each strategy.
  • Applicable to special groups, and focused on a variety of content areas:
    • Specific applications for English learners are highlighted where appropriate, with additional information on how best to adjust the routine to fit their unique needs.
    • Specific applications for struggling readers who need interventions to ensure that they read and write more and better every day, including read-alouds, shared reading, text structures, independent reading, and echo-reading tasks.
    • NEW! Focus on additional content areas: This edition expands content area examples beyond English, math, science, and social studies classes to include examples from PE, music, art, family and consumer sciences, and even more vocational and visual and performing arts classes.
Table of contents
  • Adjunct Displays
  • Annotation
  • Anticipation Guides
  • Close Reading
  • Collaborative Conversations
  • Conversation Roundtable
  • Debate
  • Directed Reading-Thinking Activity
  • Exit Slips
  • Fishbowl Discussions
  • Found Poems
  • Generative Reading
  • Guest Speakers
  • Independent Reading
  • Interest Surveys, Questionnaires, and Interviews
  • Jigsaw
  • KWL
  • Language Experience Approach
  • Mnemonics
  • Modeling Comprehension
  • Numbered Heads Together
  • Opinionnaire
  • Popcorn Review
  • Questioning the Author
  • Question-Answer Relationship
  • RAFT Writing
  • Read-Alouds
  • Readers’ Theatre
  • Read-Write-Pair-Share
  • Reciprocal Teaching
  • ReQuest
  • Response Writing
  • Shades of Meaning
  • Shared Reading
  • Socratic Seminar
  • Split-Page Notetaking
  • Student Booktalks
  • Student Questions for Purposeful Learning
  • Text Impressions
  • Text Structures
  • Text-Dependent Questions
  • Think-Alouds
  • Tossed Terms
  • Vocabulary Cards
  • Vocabulary Self-Awareness
  • Word Grids/Semantic Feature Analysis
  • Word Scavenger Hunts
  • Word Sorts
  • Word Walls
  • Writing Frames and Templates