Janine Darragh's Reviews > Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?: Content Comprehension, Grades 6-12

Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? by Cris Tovani
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Sep 11, 2008

it was ok
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Read in September, 2008

This book would best be suited for pre-service or first-year teachers. The author describes various strategies that can be incorporated into any middle or high school classroom to help students who struggle with reading. She uses a familiar, personal tone, and the book is a quick read. To me, the research base was lacking, and I would have liked to have seen more strategies and fewer personal anecdotes. However, the appendix provides some great templates that could easily be copied for immediate classroom use. (If looking for a book on this topic, I would recommend "50 Content Area Strategies for Adolescent Literacy" (Fisher,et al, 2007) or Deeper Reading (Gallagher, 2004) instead.

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