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Reading Toolkit

Reading Toolkit

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College and career readiness plays a prominent role in the Common Core standards. Examine the ELA Anchor Standards Grades 6-12 (p. 57 of pdf). How can the content areas, such as social studies, support these ten anchor standards? What resources can teachers put together to concentrate on the reading skills needed to uncover the rich content of their course? TCI has a Reading Toolkit that could be part of your answer.

Visit TCI at www.teachtci.com to learn more about how a company of teachers can help you bring learning alive!
College and career readiness plays a prominent role in the Common Core standards. Examine the ELA Anchor Standards Grades 6-12 (p. 57 of pdf). How can the content areas, such as social studies, support these ten anchor standards? What resources can teachers put together to concentrate on the reading skills needed to uncover the rich content of their course? TCI has a Reading Toolkit that could be part of your answer.

Visit TCI at www.teachtci.com to learn more about how a company of teachers can help you bring learning alive!

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© Teachers’ Curriculum Institute
Reading Toolkit
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Reading ToolkitTo the Teacher
Reading skills are critical to students’ success in all areas of study. In social stud-ies, students will have great difficulty learning and understanding history if they struggle with reading comprehension.This Reading Toolkit provides basic tools for supporting students who needadditional guidance and structure. It includesa Prereading Guide that can be used before any chapter.instructional pages on understanding organizational text patterns.instructional pages that develop comprehension strategies.instructional pages that focus on vocabulary development.Make the following pages available to your students as an independent tutorial,for class instruction, or for use with peer tutoring.
 
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Prereading Guide
What is the
title
of the chapter?List the section heads and the key terms below.
Section Heads Key Terms
Quickly sketch or describe three
images
from the chapter. Write a one-sentencecaption that explains how you think each image relates to the chapter.Based on the information above, what predictions can you make about the mainidea of the chapter?Read the
chapter summary 
. Write one sentence that explains what you think is themain idea of the chapter.Ask questions to help focus and guide your reading.
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Organizational Text Patterns
Expository texts, such as chapters in textbooks, have different organizationalpatterns. These patterns, or structures, can often be identified by 
signal words
.
Text Pattern: Cause and EffectWhat is it?
Text organized to show cause and effect identifies the reasons thatevents occur and their results.
How to do it.
Signal words that help identify a cause and effect pattern includethe following:as a result because consequently due toeffects of for for this reason hencehow if . . . then in order to is caused by leads to may be due to so so thatthereby therefore thus when . . . then
Try it.
Read the following passage. Then list causes and effects in a graphicorganizer like the one below.
 As a result of the Civil War, many Americans began thinking of the United States as one country, rather than as a collection of sovereign states. Slavery nolonger existed because of the war. There were terrible costs, though. Due to thewar, more than 620,000 soldiers lay dead. Croplands lay in ruins. It would take generations for the South to recover.
Graphic Organizer: Cause and Effect
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