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Curriculum - Instruction - Assessment
10 Key Reading Practices for All Middle and High Schools With Strong Evidence of Effectiveness From High-Quality Research
All middle and high school students can become proficient readers across all content areas if, in all classes:
1. Students are explicitly taught the meanings of several new words every day and provided with opportunities to review words previously taught.
2. Students are taught and encouraged to apply word-learning practices (e.g.,identifying prefixes, roots, and suffixes; context clues; synonyms) for new words encountered in texts.)
3. Students’ background knowledge is built through exposure to rich content in print and multimedia formats.
4. Students are taught to monitor their comprehension while reading a variety of texts by asking and answering questions, organizing text information with graphic organizers, generating main ideas and summaries, and discussing their developing understanding with the teacher and their peers.
5. Students have opportunities to work purposefully in collaborative formats with peers as they read, write, and talk about content area texts.
6. Students are taught to analyze an author’s use of words, syntactical elements, and organization of ideas to establish the purpose of the text and convey its meaning.
7. Students read a variety of texts daily, compare and evaluate the texts, discuss them in relation to the specific discipline (e.g., history, science), and receive feedback on their responses.
8. Students are taught to cite textual evidence when writing, answering questions, and talking about different texts.
9. Student learning is monitored periodically to inform instructional decisions, such as collaborative group formation, lesson pacing, content for reviewing or reteaching, and supplemental intervention needs.
10. Students who are behind in reading are provided daily, supplemental intervention, including instruction in reading and spelling unknown words.