Middle School Teachers And The Middle Of The Ability Spectrum

1155 Words Apr 15th, 2016 5 Pages
According to Guthrie and Klauda (2012) most textbooks are narrowly geared toward twenty percent of students in the middle of the ability spectrum. Students at the high end may already know the information in the text; students at the low end may have trouble even decoding the words and recognizing the vocabulary. Middle school teachers, as subject-area experts, understandably prefer to focus on teaching students the content in their discipline rather than teaching them literacy skills. Guthrie and Klauda’s (2012) research found that “nearly one-half of middle school students find science textbooks intimidating” (p.66). As educators we need to teach students reading strategies that will engage them in the text. Furthermore such reading strategies will enable the students to become active readers and enhance their comprehension of the text.
Comprehension is a process in which readers construct meaning by interacting with text through the combination for prior knowledge and previous experience, information in the text, and the stance the reader takes in relationship to the text (Pardo, 2004). Before, during and after reading strategies should be used throughout science instruction to enhance student comprehension. The before reading strategies that will be discussed are text features and K-W-L charts, the during-reading strategy that will discussed are inquiry charts, and the after reading strategies that will discussed are exit slips.
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