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Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (9th Edition) 9th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205532155
ISBN-10: 0205532152
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 9 edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205532152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205532155
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joan King on August 5, 2007
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As a Middle and High School teacher with ESL students, and a professional developer, I have been on the look-out for texts that would deliver a practical approach and solid strategies for teaching content area literacy. The authors advocate the use of constructivist approaches to teaching as well as in the professional development of the teacher. The target audience is the pre-service teacher (grades 6-12).

I really liked how each chapter of the 9th edition opens with an overview and a map of the concepts. The figures in the books are great illustrations of the strategies and techniques, and one in particular was a particularly apt example of Guess What's in My Head (figure 7:10)that show how unproductive it is as a teaching technique. Each chapter begins with an activity that poses a set of questions that sets the stage for learning about the chapter content. The authors attempt to be thought-provoking but in chapter 6 I wonder if they and their editors were really paying attention. Here they try to show the complexity of reading by citing the adventurer David Livingstone's encounter in Africa with "preliterate natives" (p. 186) who ate a book to literally digest its contents. Its inclusion in this book makes me wonder who they think is teaching "diverse learners" in the school.

As a synoptic text, the writers try too hard to cover all the bases of content area teaching at the expense of some in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of the techniques and strategies they recommend.
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I will be keeping this book as apart of my professional library. It has a wealth of strategies that are easy to implement in the classroom. Vacca provides real life classroom examples as well. It is nice to actually see what the strategy looks like. On the contrary, I wish that they would place the strategy example on the same pg as the strategy. For example, the strategy description may be on Pg. 200 and the actual representation of it will be on Pg. 202. That gets annoying. The binding of this book is TERRIABLE to I suggest on getting the softcover, international edition. Overall, this is a very good book. It provides a wealth of examples that could be used in the classroom. It also is interesting to read, in my opinion. :)
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My professor absolutely loves this book. I do not particularly care for it. Not very appealing to the reader. Pictures and examples are very blah!!! Plus, it is packed with too much information in a small space. Not enough examples for the concepts that need to be learned. The book came apart for most of my classmates. The pages disconnected from the binding. Hard cover is not so appealing. Does it serve the purpose in my Reading Certification class? Yes. Is it very appealing? No!
I will be reselling it once my class is over.
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This book does a good job of giving the overall picture of how to help students increase their comprehension in the classroom. If you have already taken courses on ELL students, then you can skip the first three chapters as they are all just trying to convince you that it is important for all teachers to teach reading and writing to their students, not just English/Language arts teachers. The rest of the book gives a lot of great strategies to help you out. I highly recomment this book to anyone who teaches struggling readers.
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This text is used to help teachers assist their students who are having difficulty comprehending or understanding written material that is used to teach them a discipline. It is well-written and offers many strategies and formats for bringing these students up to grade level to meet current standards. Well worth using for teaching content area literacy, much needed in today's fast-paced society and with so many multicultural components.
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By Amanda Truck on November 1, 2014
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The class that I bought this book for didn't require much use of the book. But it is good a resource for learning about how you can use different types of reading material beyond what you would normally think of. Like, comic strips for instance, are actually good resources for helping students to read. This book also shows you several different worksheets you can create to help students gain better understanding of their readings.
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As another reviewer already pointed out, this book falls apart after very little use! The pages come out in chunks, and I know of other people in my class who have had the same problem. I spent 90 dollars on this book -- the least they could do was bind it properly. Content wise, it is fine -- although the technology chapter needs to be updated, and some of the 1980s research they use is a little dated.
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This book repeats itself and used incorrect information in a quote, which I had to research on-line to straighten out. The graphics and layout are distracting, and the information is nothing really new. Part of the problem is that it's being used as a textbook for the Grand Canyon University masters program, and it is meant to be a text for beginning teachers, which is not a fault of the book.
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