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

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