Meeting the Reading Comprehension Demands of Each Content Area
Jennifer L. Altieri
This chapter focuses on the specific requirements of comprehending extended text in math, science, and social studies and how teachers might best focus students' attention on those requirements through reading-focused activities. Students must read math texts very differently from social studies texts to gain the necessary understanding from print. Students must closely focus on each word and understand math symbols. Furthermore, focusing on visuals and text, and the relationship between the two, is often a key issue with science texts. Conversely, social studies texts often require students to try to analyze author bias and understand the main idea. These and other differences are noted, and the activities provide concrete ideas for drawing students' attention and interest to thinking about how they read in math, science, and social studies.
Altieri, J.L. (2011).
Meeting the Reading Comprehension Demands of Each Content Area.
In Content Counts! (pp. 67-104). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.