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Essential Literacy Skills to Support Achievement in Every Content Area

This book will provide teachers with the tools they need to embed core literacy skills into every subject matter in a way that supports developing students in becoming better readers, writers, thinkers, and speakers—no matter the content area.


  • Expand their teaching methods to include literacy skills.
  • Introduce literacy into daily lesson planning.
  • Embed reading comprehension into any subject area.
  • Create a positive classroom culture through relevant and relatable vocabulary strategies.
  • Scaffold instruction using literacy strategies to boost subject-area comprehension.

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Clearing the Path for Developing Learners

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Chapter 1: Prioritize Essential Skills in Your Classroom
Chapter 2: Foster a Sustainable Classroom Culture
Chapter 3: Unpack Academic Standards to Identify Essential Skills
Chapter 4: Harness Brain-Based Teaching Techniques
Chapter 5: Locate the Main Idea and Identify Supporting Details
Chapter 6: Compose a Summary
Chapter 7: Interpret and Apply Academic Vocabulary
Chapter 8: Identify and Apply Inference
Chapter 9: Identify and Understand Cause–Effect Relationships
Chapter 10: Identify and Understand Relationships Using Compare and Contrast
Chapter 11: Delineate and Evaluate Arguments



Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11



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