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ERIC Number: ED464864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-5
Pages: 11
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Approaches for Motivating and Enabling Eighth Graders To Comprehend History Textbooks.
Byer, John L.
This paper suggests a three-step approach for motivating and enabling eighth graders to authentically attempt to comprehend assigned passages from their U.S. history textbooks. The steps are the following: (1) attempt to activate prior knowledge and interest in textual readings by using relevant materials and varied literary sources to motivate students' interest and involvement in trying to carefully read and comprehend their history textbooks; (2) present textual organizing strategies designed specifically to promote comprehension of specific sections of history textbooks and suggest instruction in formulating questions and charts that alert students to the text's main ideas and central concepts as a means of assisting students with overcoming unique reading comprehension difficulties that are posed by history textbooks; and (3) advocate teacher-facilitated class discussion and small group work as a means of monitoring and verifying students' comprehension of main ideas and concepts from their history textbooks. Articles cited from professional journals provide evidence that the teaching approaches advocated may motivate and enable students to comprehend their history textbooks. (BT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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