Best Strategies to Improve Grade 3-12 Students’ Content Reading Skills


Speaker: Harvey "Smokey" Daniels


SKU: 050614

Webinar Description

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The new emphasis on content reading and informational text in learning standards demands that every teacher, whatever subject and grade they teach, become a reading teacher. Your students can’t become proficient in your subject unless they become more competent readers of informational text.

Join Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, author of Subjects Matter: Exceeding Standards Through Powerful Content-Area Reading for an interactive webinar on some of the most effective strategies to improve students’ content reading skills.  You will have the opportunity to test-drive these techniques in online demonstrations. Learn about strategies such as turn and talk, second helping, think-alouds, partner reading, annotation, text coding, human continua and more.

Smokey will share many tips and tricks to stir your students’ curiosity and help them develop a deep understanding of the informational text they read, a skill critical to their future.

Webinar Topics:

  • Big Picture: What the research really says about content area reading.
  • Demonstration: Reading five exemplar texts in different nonfiction genres.
  • The 7 strategies of proficient readers.
  • How teacher modeling is key to kids’ growth
  • Finding and using “one-page wonder texts”
  • Tapping the comprehension-collaboration connection
  • Match webinar strategies with an upcoming unit in your class/school



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About the Speaker

Harvey "Smokey" Daniels

Harvey “Smokey” Daniels has been a city and suburban public school teacher, a university professor, a classroom consultant, writer, and book editor. He is the author of 18 books (and associated videos) on literacy, language, literature, and school change.

To support schools and teachers, Smokey does workshops, long-term consultancies, multi-day national institutes, classroom demonstration lessons, webinars, literacy coach training, and administrator events.  In 2012, Smokey was given the Exemplary Leadership award from the National Council of Teachers of English. He also received the President’s Award from the Wisconsin Reading Association in 2011.

Among Smokey’s best-known titles are Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms (2012); Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups (2002); Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action (2010); Texts and Lessons for Content Area Reading (2011); Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature (2013); Subjects Matter: Every Teacher’s Guide to Content-Area Reading, and Content Area Writing (2005). His latest book, written with wife Elaine, is The Best Kept Teaching Secret: How Written Conversations Engage Students, Build Knowledge, and Grow Fluent Writers (September, 2013).



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