Ch 20: Reading & Writing Instruction

About This Chapter

Let our professional instructors and lessons show you how to provide reading and writing instruction for students in grades 6-12. Learn how to create a positive writing environment, while acquiring the instructional skills associated with this subject area.

Reading and Instruction - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our experienced instructors explain the different approaches used for teaching reading and writing and how audience and intent can influence language. You will also learn how to guide students through all stages of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting and editing. Most importantly, this chapter can provide you with specific strategies for establishing a writing-friendly classroom.

In addition to writing instruction, this chapter includes information about reading comprehension and the types of materials and methods used for teaching literature. Additional topics include the use of reference materials in the classroom and how you can assess your students' reading strengths and weaknesses. After you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Help students make strong organizational and style-related writing decisions
  • Select class, group and individual student activities that facilitate the writing process
  • Respond effectively and encouragingly to student writing
  • Identify age-appropriate methodology for assessing student writing
  • Identify and use materials and techniques for teaching literature
  • Identify age-appropriate methodology for assessing students' understanding of literature

These online lessons are taught by professional instructors and experts in their fields of study. Short, easy-to-understand video lessons facilitate the learning process and include transcripts for future reference. Key terms are linked within the text for additional information, and each lesson also includes an online, self-assessment quiz.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: Reading & Writing Instruction
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How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

1. How to Determine the Cause and Effect of an Event in a Passage

Recognize and understand how cause and effect relates to literature. Learn how to determine and find cause and effect in a reading passage, along with a strategy to assist you.

How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

2. How to Compare and Contrast Elements of a Passage

In this lesson, you'll learn how to compare and contrast when analyzing pieces of literature. You will also learn different strategies to assist in identifying key similarities and differences when applying compare and contrast.

How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

3. How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage

Do you know what a generalization is? Do you know how to spot a misleading generalization when you see one, or make generalizations about different aspects of a passage? Watch this video lesson to gain or improve skills.

How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

4. How to Interpret the Word Choice of a Writer

Authors never pick the words in their works by accident. In this lesson, we'll explore the ways that authors use words and see how this impacts our understanding of their work.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

5. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

6. How to Determine the Writer's Tone and Point-of-View

Writers give us many clues to help us understand why they write. In this lesson, we're going to check out the concepts of tone and point of view to see how they can be used to better understand a passage.

How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions

7. How to Determine the Text Structure of a Passage Using Transitions

Text structures are identifiable patterns in the organization of text in a written work. This lesson will discuss the use of transitions to determine text structure. We will end with a very short quiz to see what you have learned.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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