Academic Reading Skills The Key to College Learning. Amy Woodbeck, PVCC Residential Reading Faculty Fall 2013. Language Context Understanding. … Comprehension. Learning Objectives. Develop … …an awareness of the unique qualities inherent in discipline-specific text, and
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Amy Woodbeck, PVCC Residential Reading FacultyFall 2013
The process of reading in any language
[read “any discipline”]
includes decoding and knowing how the symbols of the language are used together, plus knowing other [discipline-specific]
Davidson, 2006, p. 14
Break the Code
Even good readers who are trying to read about a new or difficult subject go through a complex and often difficult process to learn the new content.
Davidson, 2006, p. 16
Your students may be handcuffed by the complexity of your discipline’s text.
You hold the key to the content-area aspects of reading…
Buehl, 2011, p. 9
You are the best because….
Students face the sometime daunting challenge of being
in allof the academic disciplines they are studying.
Buehl, 2011, p. 9
What you can do for your students…
Know your students!
Know your textbook!
Know the purpose!
Discuss the text!
Buehl, 2011, p. 119
Format and Features
If you are using OERs, know the structure and layout and facilitate students’ orientation to the structure, the connections, the links, and your expectations.
Buehl, 2011, pp 122-126
Actively demonstrate how to:
“ Effective teachers were more likely to teach a range of literacy skills and knowledge at the word, sentence, and text level through the context of a shared text.”
Fisher, Frey, & Lapp, 2009, p 5