ERIC Number: ED448415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Technical Reading in the Middle School. Fastback 456.
Potter, Rosemary Lee
The world of the 21st century demands relevance in learning, consumer wisdom, technological skills, and, above all, the ability to read precisely and well. A new course of reading instruction--matched to the goals, needs, and interests of the middle school learner--is "technical reading." This fastback shares 3 years' experience of preparing for and teaching technical reading to seventh graders. It is divided into the following sections: Introduction; Technical Reading: What and Why (Reading in School and Workplace; Reading for Safety, Economic, and Career Information); Technical Reading: Course Designer Questions (Matching Existing Requirements; Considering Age-Level Interests, Needs, and Relevancy; Balancing Scope and Sequence); Class Components, Materials, and Activities (Choosing Matching Materials; Planning the Activities); Getting Started (Announcing the New Class; Working with Colleagues; Day-to-Day Operations; Evaluation and Grading); Special Features (Interdisciplinary Components; Projects; Gaming as Learning; Court Day; Rethinking "Extra" Credit); What We Learned (Student Class Evaluations; The Student-Parent Letter Connection); and Conclusion and Recommendations (Recommendations for Teaching Technical Reading). (Contains 17 resources arranged according to the units of the Tech Reading class.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Futures (of Society), Middle Schools, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.