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Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas for Elementary and Middle School Classrooms

Designed as a reading course for teachers in grades four through nine, the course provides a framework for understanding how language, cognition, and social development interact with middle school children's literacy and content learning. Students learn approaches to assessing children's literacy needs. They also learn ways to analyze text forms, both print and electronic, in terms of the kind of responses they call for from children and the support they offer to children's conceptual understanding. Students also develop their repertoire of strategies for supporting the ability of all children to comprehend and create nonfiction text in diverse classroom settings. Special attention is given to the needs of children who are English-language learners, and of children who are struggling readers.