1st Edition

But I'm Not a Reading Teacher Strategies for Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas

By Amy Benjamin Copyright 2007
    192 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    156 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    This book shows content area teachers in middle and high schools how to boost student achievement by including lessons and strategies which focus on students' reading comprehension without detracting from content area focus. These mini-lessons and strategies are research-based and address the specific literacy challenges of each particular subject area (social studies, mathematics, science, etc.). The author has provided a large number of reading examples from texts, sample tests and assessments, and actual mini-lessons, their content areas identified by marginal tabs.

    1. Learning and Reading
    2. Scaffolding Vocabulary Instruction
    3. Standardized Tests and Reading Comprehension
    4. Academic Genres: Subject Area Reading
    5. The Before-Reading Strategies
    6. The During Strategies
    7. After-Reading Strategies:
    8. What Works? What Doesn't?


    Amy Benjamin, a veteran English teacher, trains educators throughout the country in writing across the curriculum, strategic literacy, and differentiated instruction. She has received awards for excellence in teaching from the New York State English Council, Tufts University, and Union College. As president of the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, she is a leading authority on effective ways to teach both academic and creative writing. She is the author of eight books.

    "If you are a content area teacher who has been known to think – or even say out loud – “I’m a _____ teacher, not a reading teacher,” then Amy Benjamin’s But I’m Not a Reading Teacher: Strategies for Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas is a must read. The book’s four parts provide examples, strategies, and practical applications for all teachers. Additionally, at www.amybenjamin.com, teachers will find more activities and classroom ready ideas for literacy instruction. Dr. Benjamin’s suggested strategies are sensible and easy for a busy teacher to implement."
    —Anne Anderson for MiddleWeb