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Title: EDMI 422 Middle School Literacy


1
False Assumptions of Content Area Teachers
  • EDMI 422 Middle School Literacy

2
Assumption 1
  • Students have learned to read in elementary
    school.
  • Fact Reading instruction has been the
    traditional interest of the elementary school-
    the assumption being that the grade-level
    students in grade-level programs SHOULD enter
    subject matter knowing how to read. This
    assumption is pure fantasy. Content area reading
    is so much different than what is done in
    elementary school.

3
Assumption 2
  • Students have sufficient prior knowledge to cope
    effectively with the important information in
    content textbooks.
  • Fact If material is foreign to your personal
    experiences, adequate comprehension wont occur.
    Students usually lack experiential backgrounds
    and are unfamiliar with the vocabulary concepts
    in content area.

4
Assumption 3
  • The processes involved in reading and
    comprehending efficiently in content textbooks
    are identical to those utilized in reading from
    basal readers in elementary school.
  • Fact Basal readers focus on learning to read
    . Textbooks focus on reading to learn. These
    are very different reading processes. Textbooks
    are made to provide information-not to help
    students learn to read and learn reading
    strategies, as basal readers do.

5
Assumption 4
  • Content reading means teaching phonics and other
    skills not directly related to their subject
    areas.
  • Fact Content reading means gaining knowledge
    necessary to comprehend the particular
    content/information. It does not include
    teaching phonics and other reading skills.
    Though, if your students are not reading
    proficiently in order to understand the content,
    these basic skills may need to be taught.

6
Assumption 5
  • Teachers are information dispensers.
  • Fact This is actually the role of the textbook.
    The teachers role is to encourage the thinking
    processes essential to understanding and
    facilitate learning with texts. Research shows
    that students best learn when THEY are PART of
    the learning.
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