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ERIC Number: ED155687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Content Area Reading.
Shepard, David L.
In order to teach in the content area, a teacher must accept five basic premises: (1) Reading in the content field is part of the total school program. (2) All teachers are responsible for helping students read the text in a specific subject. (3) The focus of teaching is changed from merely teaching content to how to read and understand the content. (4) Teaching reading in the content fields is fused with the teaching of content. (5) There is a commonality of teaching procedure and skills which permeates each content area. In order to operate on these premises, students must be taught certain reading study skills. First, a purpose for reading must be established; the student must be consciously looking for some type of information. Second, textbook organization must be noted. The student should be able to see how the author has organized the work by such clues as the table of contents, preface, study unit introductions, bold-faced headings, vocabulary listings, end-of-chapter questions, and summarizing paragraphs. Third, the pattern of writing must be determined. Various paragraph styles are used in different content areas. Through the fusion of reading skills and technique with subject matter, the student must be informed of the process and the reasons for the procedures. (JF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Reading Association of the International Reading Association (11th, Anaheim, California, November 2-5, 1977)