ERIC Number: ED281174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Improving Students' Abilities to Read and Think. A Resource Guide for Reading Teachers of Junior High School Students.
Cohen, Paul; Hills, Tynette
Intended to help junior high school teachers make the best possible decisions about how to meet the needs of students with reading difficulties, this guide describes instructional strategies and explains how they may be used with students of varying abilities. The introductory section of the guide sets forth its purposes and organization, while the second section, "Challenges for Teachers of Reading," examines contemporary views of reading, the relationship of reading to the thinking process, and current trends and issues in instruction. The third section, "Teaching Strategies to Assist Pupils to Higher Levels in Reading," presented in three parts, offers ideas from research to enrich preactive, interactive, and evaluative reading instruction. The fourth section of the guide,"Teaching Specific Skill Clusters," contains an analysis of required intellectual processes and suggested steps for addressing skills in which low-achieving seventh and eighth grade students are most likely to be deficient. The guide also includes an extensive reference section of resources to help in instructional planning, in measuring pupil proficiencies, and in further study. Specific items in this section are sample questions from the New Jersey "High School Proficiency Test," taxonomies of educational objectives and related questioning techniques, and brief descriptions of New Jersey's effective programs for reading and thinking. (FL)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Evaluation Criteria, Junior High Schools, Learning Processes, Program Effectiveness, Reading Ability, Reading Diagnosis, Reading Difficulties, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Strategies, Reading Teachers, Standardized Tests, Teacher Role, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of General Academic Education.