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Ruth Schoenbach, Cynthia Greenleaf, Lynn Murphy
Trade paper • $29.95
416 pages • Jossey-Bass, 2012

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Reading for Understanding

How Reading Apprenticeship Improves Disciplinary Learning in Secondary and College Classrooms

Subject area teachers learn how to share their implicit expertise as readers in their particular disciplines and how to engage their students in the productive struggle of understanding complex subject area text.

Teacher professional development using the book’s Reading Apprenticeship framework resulted in student gains in content knowledge, reading comprehension, and learning behaviors and attitudes as measured by three large-scale, federally funded, randomized controlled studies—the “gold standard” of education research.

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“As elegantly practical as it is theoretically elegant”
—P. David Pearson, University of California, Berkeley

“The finest blend I have seen of research, strategies, and classroom vignettes to deepen teacher learning.”
—Curtis Refior, Content Area Literacy Coach, Fowlerville, MI

“Our building has embraced the Reading Apprenticeship model as outlined in Reading for Understanding.”
—Tanya Tho, review on

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Leading for Literacy: A Reading Apprenticeship Approach

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Rethinking Preparation for Content Area Teaching: The Reading Apprenticeship Approach

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Building Academic Literacy: Lessons from Reading Apprenticeship Classrooms, Grades 6–12

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Building Academic Literacy: An Anthology for Reading Apprenticeship

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