Reading in content area subjects, such as social studies, is challenging for many students. To achieve at high levels, students must navigate complex facts and technical words to grasp key ideas. Students also must spend a great deal of time reading a variety of text types, such as textbooks, novels, letters, poetry, and source documents. Further, most teachers expect students to write something in response to reading, citing evidence from the text to demonstrate their understanding.
This document presents five ways that parents can help students of all ages develop important text-reading skills.
Both English and Spanish versions are available.
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. (2018). How can I help my child with content area reading at home? Five key strategies to consider. Austin, TX: Author.
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk. (2018). ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi hijo con lectura de área de contenido en casa? Cinco estrategias clave a considerar. Austin, TX: Author.
Content Area Instruction
English Language Learners
Special Education/Learning Disabilities
General Education Classroom Teacher
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