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50 Instructional Routines to Develop Content Literacy : Teaching Strategies - Douglas B. Fisher

50 Instructional Routines to Develop Content Literacy

Teaching Strategies

Paperback Published: 11th February 2014
ISBN: 9780133347968
Number Of Pages: 160

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Some of the best-known authors in the field come together to provide teachers with fifty step-by-step procedures for implementing content area instructional routines to improve students’ literacy skills. 50 Instructional Routines to Develop Content Literacy, 3rd Edition helps adolescents to become more successful readers. Middle and high school teachers can immediately put to use its practical information and classroom examples from science, social studies, English, math, the visual and performing arts, and core electives to improve students’ reading, writing, and oral language development. Going above and beyond basic classroom strategies, the instructional routines recommend simple changes to teachers’ everyday instruction that foster student comprehension, such as thinking aloud, using question-answer relationships, and teaching with word walls.


The routines are:

  • Selected to ensure that all students engage in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing as part of the literacy process.
  • Taken from real classrooms, real students, and real results.
  • Organised for easy and quick referencing.
  • Applicable to English learners and struggling readers.

Industry Reviews

"50 Instructional Routines to Develop Content Literacy is a valuable resource for teachers from all content areas to help students become better readers, writers, thinkers, collaborators, and communicators. The routines are grounded in sound research and pedagogy and the step-by-step directions and real-class/real-student examples and scenarios allow educators to move beyond theory to implementation. The short chapters allow for busy teachers to quickly sort through and select the best routines for any instructional purpose. The chapters also offer suggestions for differentiation, including for ELL students, so that the routines can be tailored to meet the needs of any group of students. This text is a toolbox that teachers from all content areas will find themselves referencing throughout the school year."

-- Lisa Lloyd, Hastings Middle School (Upper Arlington, Ohio)

"I found the material beneficial to me as a teacher and will definitely use some new techniques in with my students to improve literacy."

-- Danielle Morrison, Lincoln High School (Gahanna, Ohio)

"The organization of each routine is especially helpful: brief review of research, step-by-step guide, classroom examples, and relevant graphics, etc. It is refreshing to see a text that is so useful."

-- Tom Smyth, University of South Carolina Aiken

  • Adjunct Displays
  • Annotation
  • Anticipation Guides
  • Close Reading
  • Collaborative Conversations
  • Conversation Roundtable
  • Debate
  • Directed Reading-Thinking Activity
  • Exit Slips
  • Fishbowl Discussions
  • Found Poems
  • Generative Reading
  • Guest Speakers
  • Independent Reading
  • Interest Surveys, Questionnaires, and Interviews
  • Jigsaw
  • KWL
  • Language Experience Approach
  • Mnemonics
  • Modeling Comprehension
  • Numbered Heads Together
  • Opinionnaire
  • Popcorn Review
  • Questioning the Author
  • Question-Answer Relationship
  • RAFT Writing
  • Read-Alouds
  • Readers’ Theatre
  • Read-Write-Pair-Share
  • Reciprocal Teaching
  • ReQuest
  • Response Writing
  • Shades of Meaning
  • Shared Reading
  • Socratic Seminar
  • Split-Page Notetaking
  • Student Booktalks
  • Student Questions for Purposeful Learning
  • Text Impressions
  • Text Structures
  • Text-Dependent Questions
  • Think-Alouds
  • Tossed Terms
  • Vocabulary Cards
  • Vocabulary Self-Awareness
  • Word Grids/Semantic Feature Analysis
  • Word Scavenger Hunts
  • Word Sorts
  • Word Walls
  • Writing Frames and Templates

ISBN: 9780133347968
ISBN-10: 0133347966
Series: Teaching Strategies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 11th February 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.58 x 21.67  x 0.56
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 3

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Nancy Frey

About the Author

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has been a special education teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in public schools. 

Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books, including The Teacher Clarity Playbook and Rigorous Reading.

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Douglas B. Fisher

About the Author

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, NCTE’s Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

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