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Previewing Texts in Content Classrooms



Previewing chapters before reading is a powerful way to get readers prepared for the material. Textbook previewing strategies focus not only on the structure of the text — such as the table of contents, index, chapter introductions, and so forth — but on a content overview, which focuses on the concepts and questions covered in the chapter and their interrelationships.


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Books + Movies = Deeper Comprehension (and Lively Classrooms!)

Thematic pairings of novels or short stories with movies can help students access difficult texts and can lead to deeper comprehension and lively classroom discussion. This article suggests pairings for some commonly assigned middle and high school texts. Discussion themes include racism, coming of age, strong women, and utopia and dystopia.
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Using Visual Representations in Mathematics

Visual representations are a powerful way for students to access abstract mathematical ideas. Find out how to support struggling learners using the right technology tools. And see how one 6th grade teacher guides her students in learning how to decompose polygons into triangles, rectangles, and trapezoids.
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Teaching Writing to Diverse Student Populations

Writing can be a difficult task for students with learning disabilities. Discover more about specific areas of difficulty, the qualities of strong writing instruction, how to put the pieces together to create a top-notch writing program, and ways to encourage content-relevant writing within social studies, science, or mathematics classrooms.
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Communication Strategies for All Classrooms

Get these practical tips for making your classroom more inviting for all students who have difficulties with language — students with learning disabilities as well as English Language Learners. By incorporating these strategies into your teaching, you'll help more students become engaged, active participants.
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Sunset in Maine, by Rebecca, age 11

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Today's First Person Essay

Robert Rauschenberg by Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg's works now hang in major art galleries and museums all over the world. When he was in school his success would not have been predicted. Rauschenberg has dyslexia...

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