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Survival reading skills for secondary students
Miller, Wilma H.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, [2003]

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xv, 328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
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LB1632 .M534 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Survival Reading Skills for Secondary Students is your guidefor working with struggling students in grades 5-12 no matter whattheir reading ability. This valuable resource is a down-to-earthguide that contains countless classroom-tested strategies thatreading and content area teachers can use to reinforce skills thatstudents must master to read effectively. In addition, the bookoffers ready-to-use activity sheets designed to improve competencyin a number of relevant reading skills. Students will learn how tofill in a job application, read an airline schedule, apply for adriver's license, and practice many more useful real-life skills.

For quick access and easy use, the book is organized in sevensections and printed in a big 8 ½" X 11" lay-flat format foreasy photocopying. The following is just a small sample of the manystrategies, assessments, inventories, and activities featured ineach section:

1. I NFORMAL READING ASSESSMENT TOOLS FOR OLDER STUDENTS :Includes a Content Reading Inventory. . . lists of sample wordsfrom a range of content areas including English, social studies,science, and mathematics&an informal assessment to determine astudent's approximate instructional reading level.

2. STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES FOR IMPROVING SKILLS TO IDENTIFYCONTENT SIGHT WORDS: Provides reproducible copies of wordsneeded for computer literacy . . . strategies for improvingstudents' ability to recognize and identify important content anddaily-living words . . . activities that include a reversedcrossword puzzle and a magic square from science.

3. STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES FOR IMPROVING BASIC PHONICSKILLS : Contains the basic phonic elements in which olderstudents should be competent . . . seven helpful phonicgeneralizations . . . activity sheets that challenge students tocomplete a shopping list and discover a secret code.

4. STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES FOR IMPROVING ABILITY IN WORDSTRUCTURE: Includes an explanation of the usefulness of wordroots, prefixes, and suffixes . . . comprehensive lists of the mostuseful elements of word structure that help students read and studycontent materials effectively . . . activity sheets that helpstudents determine word etymologies and correct accents.

5. STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES FOR IMPROVING USE OF CONTEXTCLUES: Presents a useful classification scheme for contextclues . . . method of teaching context clues, cryptology, andmutilated messages . . . activities that direct students to choosethe correct word in sentence context.

6. STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR IMPROVING COMPREHENSIONSKILLS WHILE READING CONTENT MATERIAL : Contains an explanationof levels of reading comprehensiontextually explicit, textuallyimplicit, and critical or evaluative . . . myriad classroom-testedstrategies for improving comprehension . . . activity sheets thatengage students to figure out which is the better invention andcomplete a job application form.

7. STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR IMPROVING STUDY SKILLS IN THECONTENT AREAS: Offers a description of the specialized studyskills that students need to read specific content material . . . amultitude of classroom-tested strategies for improving study skills. . . activities that help students to use the Dewey Decimal Systemand read the newspaper more effectively.

Author Notes

Wilma H. Miller, Ed.D., is professor emerita of ReadingEducation at Illinois State University in Normal, where she taughtfor 30 years. Dr. Miller has written nearly 200 published journalarticles dealing with various aspects of reading, and she is theauthor of numerous books including: The Reading TeachersSurvival Kit, Phonics First!, Ready-to-Use Activities &Material for Improving Content Reading Skills and ReadingSkills Problem Solver, all from Jossey-Bass.