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B 2 trouble with textbooks

  1. 1. D-3The Trouble with Textbooks<br />Katie McKnight, Ph.D.<br />Katie@katherinemcknight.com<br />
  2. 2. The Textbook Challenge<br />Often Superficial<br />Exceedingly Hard to Read<br />Badly Designed<br />Authoritarian<br />Inaccurate<br />Not Written for Students<br />
  3. 3. Six Ways to Use Textbooks More Effectively<br />Empathy- Do you remember when you had difficulty in a subject and the text was difficult?<br />Help the students to get started. We need to “front-load” our teaching. <br />Don’t leave kids alone with their textbooks.<br />Choose wisely. Be more selective with assignments. Be strategic about what is most important. <br />Supplement richly.<br />
  4. 4. Textbook Feature Analysis<br />Think about the textbooks that your students encounter. What kinds of features would they find in these texts?<br />How do textbooks affect our students’ study habits and success?<br />
  5. 5. Now What?<br />Consider the role of your textbook in teaching your subject matter.<br />How can you promote critical thinking with textbooks? <br />
  6. 6. Strategies for Textbooks: A Sample<br />Sticky Notes<br />Bookmarks<br />ReQuest<br />Supplement Richly<br />Audio Assist<br />Making Smaller Book Versions<br />
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  10. 10. Sketch Through Text<br />Daniels, H. and Zimmerman, S. (2004). Subjects Matter: Every Teachers’ Guide to Content –Area Reading. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, p 121.<br />
  11. 11. Stop and Write<br />
  12. 12. Textbook Circles<br />Modeled after Literature Circles<br />Students work in teams of 4-5 members.<br />Going BEYOND the textbook<br />Using a wide variety of reading material<br />Students choose what they will read. <br />
  13. 13. Getting Started<br />Assign groups for some reading experiences.<br />When the students are reading a longer work, groups are formed by choice.<br />
  14. 14. Going Beyond the Textbook<br />Other than textbooks, how do we get information?<br />Look at the adult world and what do we read and use to get the information that we need?<br />
  15. 15. Going Beyond the Textbook<br />Other than textbooks, how do we get information?<br />Look at the adult world and what do we read and use to get the information that we need?<br />Reference Books<br />News Stories (Print and Digital Media)<br />Historical Accounts<br />Memoirs<br />Narrated nonfiction<br />
  16. 16. Using a Wide Variety of Reading Material<br />Fiction vs Non Fiction<br />Levels of text difficulty<br />Different levels of length<br />Primary and Secondary Sources<br />Multiple Texts and Single Sources<br />
  17. 17. Classroom Libraries<br />Articles<br />Magazines<br />Website Lists<br />A wide variety of trade books<br />
  18. 18. Books for Content Reading<br />See American Library Association<br />http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/yalsa.cfm<br />The Official Site of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents<br />http://www.alan-ya.org/<br />
  19. 19. Resources I Like<br />Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading, Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman<br />Differentiating Textbooks: Strategies to Improve Student Comprehension and Motivation, James Grant<br />The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Katherine McKnight <br />
  20. 20. How to Reach Me<br />Email: katie@katherinemcknight.com<br />Website: katherinemcknight.com<br />Twitter: @literacyworld<br />Facebook: Katie Siewert McKnight Literacy<br />

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