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Content Area Reading

Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum


Richard T. Vacca

Kent State University, emeritus

Jo Anne L. Vacca

Kent State University, emeritus

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Vacca, Richard T. Content area reading : literacy and learning across the curriculum / Richard T. Vacca, Jo Anne L. Vacca. --8th ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 0-205-41031-6 1. Content area reading. I. Vacca, Jo Anne L. II. Title. LB1050.455.V33 2005 428.4'3--dc22 2004043669

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Brief Contents

Detailed Contents Preface xvii



one: two:

Content Literacy in a Standards-Based Curriculum



Chapter 1 Reading Matters 1 Chapter 2 Assessing Students and Texts


Learners and Texts

Struggling Readers and Writers 68 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners Learning with Trade Books 154 Learning with Electronic Texts 196 104


Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6



Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12

Instructional Practices and Strategies

Bringing Students and Texts Together 226 Devloping Vocabulary Knowledge and Concepts Activating Prior Knowledge and Interest 294 Guiding Reader­Text Interactions 318 Writing to Learn 352 Studying Texts 390 264


Appendix A Affixes with Invariant Meanings 430 Appendix B Commonly Used Prefixes with Varying Meanings Appendix C Graphic Organizers with Text Frames 436 Bibliography 439 Name Index 456 Subject Index 461



Detailed Contents





Content Literacy in a Standards-Based Curriculum



1 Reading Matters


Organizing Principle 1 Chapter Overview 1 Frame of Mind 2 Being an Artful Teacher 3 No Child Left Behind Act 3 Learning with Texts 4 Beyond Assigning and Telling 5 Understanding Literacy 7 Literacy Is Situational 7 Influences on Content Literacy 9 Incorporating Content Standards into Literacy-Based Instruction Text Comprehension in Content Areas 11 Developing Research-Based Comprehension Strategies 12 Prior Knowledge and Comprehension 14 Reader Response 20 Levels of Comprehension 21 Questioning 24 Scaffolding Instruction 25 Looking Back, Looking Forward 26 Minds On 27 Hands On 28 eResources 29



2 Assessing Students and Texts


Organizing Principle 30 Chapter Overview 31 Frame of Mind 32 High-Stakes Testing and Authentic Approaches to Assessment High-Stakes Testing: Some Issues and Concerns 33 Standardized Testing: What Teachers Need to Know 37 Authentic Assessment: The Teacher's Role 39





Portfolio Assessment 42 Adapting Portfolios to Content Area Classes BOX 2.1 / Research-Based Best Practices Checklists and Interviews 45 Rubrics and Self-Assessments 49 Assessing Text Difficulty 50 Content Area Reading Inventories 52 Readability 55 FLIP Strategy 63 Looking Back, Looking Forward 65 Minds On 66 Hands On 66 eResources 67

43 45



Learners and Texts



3 Struggling Readers and Writers


Organizing Principle 68 Chapter Overview 69 Frame of Mind 70 The Consequences of Struggling with Text 71 73 BOX 3.1 / WHAT ABOUT English Language Learners? Low Achievement 74 Learned Helplessness 75 Explicit Instruction in the Use of Strategies 76 Metacognition and Learning 76 Strategy Instruction 78 BOX 3.2 / WHAT ABOUT Content Standards and Assessment? 80 Strategic Reading 83 Using Think-Alouds to Model Comprehension Strategies 83 Using Reciprocal Teaching to Model Comprehension Strategies 86 Using Question­Answer Relationships (QARs) to Model Comprehension Strategies 86 BOX 3.3 / Research-Based Best Practices 89 Strategic Writing 90 The Discovery Stage: Generating Ideas, Planning, and Organizing 92 BOX 3.4 / Research-Based Best Practices 94 Drafting 96 Revising 97 Looking Back, Looking Forward 101 Minds On 102 Hands On 102 eResources 103




4 Culturally and Linguistically

Diverse Learners 104

Organizing Principle 104 Chapter Overview 105 Frame of Mind 106 Cultural Differences in Today's Schools 107 BOX 4.1 / WHAT ABOUT Content Standards and Assessment? From Monocultural to Multicultural Classrooms 109 Ways of Knowing 112 Students' Funds of Knowledge 113 Linguistic Differences in Today's Schools 114 Dialect Use in the Classroom 114 English Language Learners 116 Vocabulary Strategies 119 Vocabulary Self-Collection Strategy 121 Concept of Definition Word Maps 121 Vocabulary-Building Strategies 124 Comprehension Strategies 133 Questioning the Author (QtA) 134 BOX 4.2 / Research-Based Best Practices 135 Directed Reading­Thinking Activity (DR­TA) 136 BOX 4.3 / Research-Based Best Practices 138 Talking and Working Together 142 Scaffolding Student Talk 142 Purposes and Types of Discussions 147 Creating an Environment for Discussion 148 Looking Back, Looking Forward 151 Minds On 152 Hands On 152 eResources 153 108


5 Learning with Trade Books


Contributed by Barbara Moss, San Diego State University

Organizing Principle 154 Chapter Overview 155 Frame of Mind 156 BOX 5.1 / WHAT ABOUT Content Standards and Assessment? Textbook Use in Today's Classrooms 157 Reasons Teachers Use Textbooks 158 Problems with Using Textbooks 158 Rationale for Using Trade Books 161




Learning through Literature 163 Nonfiction Books 163 BOX 5.2 / Research-Based Best Practices 169 Picture Books 169 Fiction Books 171 Multicultural Books 174 BOX 5.3 / Research-Based Best Practices 175 Books for Struggling Readers 176 Using Trade Books in the Classroom 177 Creating Classroom Libraries and Text Sets 177 Student Self-Selected Reading 178 Teacher Read-Alouds 180 Literature Study in Content Areas 182 BOX 5.4 / Research-Based Best Practices 183 Promoting Response to Literature 184 Making Connections: Text-to-Self, Text-to-Text, Text-to-World Process Drama as a Heuristic Response 188 Readers Theatre 190 Idea Circles 191 Looking Back, Looking Forward 193 Minds On 193 Hands On 194 eResources 195



6 Learning with Electronic Texts


Organizing Principle 196 Chapter Overview 197 Frame of Mind 198 BOX 6.1 / WHAT ABOUT Content Standards and Assessment? Rationale for Electronic Texts 200 Interactivity 201 Communication and Information Search/Retrieval 201 Multimedia Environments 202 Socially Mediated Learning 202 Electronic Texts in the Classroom 203 Learning with Hypertext and Hypermedia 203 Learning with Software Programs 205 Learning with Electronic Books 207 Learning with Word Processors and Authoring Systems 208 Learning with the Internet 209 Strategies for Online Learning 214 Internet Workshops 214 Internet Inquiries 217




Internet Projects 219 WebQuests 220 Looking Back, Looking Forward Minds On 224 Hands On 225 eResources 225




Instructional Practices and Strategies



7 Bringing Students and Texts Together

Organizing Principle 226 Chapter Overview 227 Frame of Mind 228 Sociocultural Context for Reading Comprehension 229 The Reader­Text­Activity Dynamic 229 Collaborative Interactions 231 Engaged Minds 231 Designing and Planning Text Lessons 231 B­D­A Lesson Structure 232 Some Examples of Text Lessons 236 BOX 7.1 / Research-Based Best Practices 238 BOX 7.2 / Research-Based Best Practices 240 Designing and Planning Units of Study 243 Components of a Well-Designed Unit 243 An Inquiry/Research Emphasis in Units of Study 247 BOX 7.3 / Research-Based Best Practices 248 A Multiple Text Emphasis in Units of Study 250 Designing and Planning Collaborative Interactions 252 Cooperative Learning Groups 252 Small-Group Processes Underlying Cooperative Learning 255 Looking Back, Looking Forward 260 Minds On 260 Hands On 261 eResources 263



8 Developing Vocabulary Knowledge

and Concepts 264

Organizing Principle 264 Chapter Overview 265 Frame of Mind 266



Experiences, Concepts, and Words 267 What are Concepts? 267 Concept Relationships: An Example 267 BOX 8.1 / WHAT ABOUT Content Standards and Assessment? 268 Using Graphic Organizers to Make Connections among Key Concepts 271 BOX 8.2 / Research-Based Best Practices 272 A Graphic Organizer Walk-Through 272 Showing Students How to Make Their Own Connections 275 Activating What Students Know about Words 276 Word Exploration 277 Brainstorming 277 List­Group­Label 278 Semantic Word Maps 279 Word Sorts 279 Reinforcing and Extending Vocabulary Knowledge and Concepts 281 Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) 282 Categorization Activities 283 Concept Circles 283 Context- and Definition-Related Activities 284 BOX 8.3 / WHAT ABOUT ELL and Struggling Readers? 286 Magic Squares 287 Looking Back, Looking Forward 290 Minds On 291 Hands On 291 eResources 293


9 Activating Prior Knowledge

and Interest 294

Organizing Principle 294 Chapter Overview 295 Frame of Mind 296 Self-Efficacy and Motivation 297 BOX 9.1 / WHAT ABOUT Content Standards and Assessment? Arousing Curiosity 300 Creating Story Impressions 300 302 BOX 9.2 / Research-Based Best Practices Establishing Problematic Perspectives 302 Guided Imagery 306 Making Predictions 307 Anticipation Guides 307 Adapting Anticipation Guides in Content Areas 308 298



Question Generation 311 Active Comprehension 311 ReQuest 311 BOX 9.3 / WHAT ABOUT ELL and Struggling Readers? Expectation Outlines 313 Your Own Questions 314 Looking Back, Looking Forward 314 Minds On 315 Hands On 316 eResources 317



10 Guiding Reader­Text Interactions


Organizing Principle 318 Chapter Overview 319 Frame of Mind 320 BOX 10.1 / WHAT ABOUT Content Standards and Assessment? Instructional Strategies 322 The KWL Strategy 322 Discussion Webs 328 Guided Reading Procedure (GRP) 331 Intra-Act 335 Reading Guides 339 Three-Level Reading Guides 339 Selective Reading Guides 345 Looking Back, Looking Forward 346 Minds On 349 Hands On 350 eResources 351



11 Writing to Learn


Organizing Principle 352 Chapter Overview 353 Frame of Mind 354 Integrating Reading and Writing 356 Reading and Writing as Composing Processes 356 Reading and Writing as Exploration and Clarification 357 BOX 11.1 / WHAT ABOUT Content Standards and Assessment? Exploratory Writing Activities 361 Unsent Letters 361 Biopoems 362 Dialogues 364




Admit Slips and Exit Slips 365 Brainstorming and Clustering 366 Journal Writing 368 Response Journals 371 Double-Entry Journals (DEJs) 378 Learning Logs 382 RAFTing Activities 384 Establish a Context for Writing 384 Use Discourse Forms in RAFTing Activities Looking Back, Looking Forward 385 Minds On 387 Hands On 388 eResources 389



12 Studying Texts


Organizing Principle 390 Chapter Overview 391 Frame of Mind 392 Searching for and Using Text Structure 393 External Text Structure 393 BOX 12.1 / WHAT ABOUT Content Standards and Assessment? Internal Text Structure 396 Signal Words in Text Structure 398 Graphic Organizers 399 BOX 12.2 / Research-Based Best Practices 401 Using Graphic Organizers to Reflect Text Patterns 402 Using Questions with Graphic Organizers 407 Semantic (Cognitive) Mapping 409 Study Guides Based on Text Patterns 411 Classroom Examples 412 Writing Summaries 414 Using GRASP to Write a Summary 416 BOX 12.3 / Research-Based Best Practices 417 Polishing a Summary 419 Making Notes, Taking Notes 420 Text Annotations 420 A Note-Taking Procedure 424 Looking Back, Looking Forward 425 Minds On 427 Hands On 428 eResources 429




Appendix A: Affixes with Invariant Meanings Appendix B: Commonly Used Prefixes with Varying Meanings 434 Appendix C: Graphic Organizers with Text Frames 436 Bibliography 439 Name Index 456 Subject Index 461



hen we began writing Content Area Reading more than twenty-five years ago, we decided to set the tone of the first edition in the opening chapter by quoting a line from Simon and Garfunkel's "Kodachrome." Although we run the risk of dating ourselves, we are reminded of the provocative line because it captures the disconnect that many students have felt in their school experience, then as well as now. The opening lyrics to "Kodachrome" are a songwriter's personal reflection on education--nothing more, nothing less. Yet the juxtaposition of having learned "crap" in school with the inability to "think" critically represents an ongoing dilemma faced by content area teachers who are wedded to an academic discipline. We have never met a teacher who didn't believe that the essence of artful teaching is in showing students how to think deeply and critically about the content underlying an academic discipline. Yet, when content is taught in a vacuum without attention to the process by which it is learned, students are apt to make few connections between the powerful ideas underlying an academic discipline and the prior knowledge and experience that they bring to classroom learning situations. In this book, we explore the relationships between content and process by critically examining the literacy processes and strategies that students use to think and learn with texts.


Major Themes in the Eighth Edition

Influenced by the role of language, cognition, culture, and social context in learning, our goal for this edition is to inspire teachers, whether novice or veteran, to examine what it means to connect literacy and learning in a standardsbased curriculum. The eighth edition continues the ambitious exploration of content literacy--the ability to use reading, writing, talking, listening, and viewing processes to learn subject matter across the curriculum. The major themes underlying content literacy and learning are reflected in the organizing principles described at the beginning of every chapter:


All teachers play a critical role in helping studens comprehend and respond to information and ideas in the text. Instructional assessment is a process of gathering and using multiple sources of relevant information about students for instructional purposes.





Teachers respond to the literacy needs of struggling readers and writers by scaffolding instruction so that students become confident and competent in the use of strategies that support learning. Teachers respond to linguistic and cultural differences in their classrooms by scaffolding instruction in the use of vocabulary and comprehension strategies and by creating classroom environments that encourage talking and working together. Instructional practices involving the use of informational and literary trade books in content areas help to extend and enrich the curriculum. Electronic texts, like trade books, extend and enrich the curriculum. Bringing students and texts together involves instructional plans and activities that result in active student engagement and collaboration. Teaching words well means giving students multiple opportunities to develop vocabulary knowledge and to learn how words are conceptually related to one another in the texts that they study. Activating prior knowledge and generating interest create an instructional context in which students will approach reading with purpose and anticipation. Teachers guide reader­text interactions through the instructional strategies and practices that they use and the reading support that they provide. Writing facilitates learning by helping students to explore, clarify, and think deeply about the ideas they encounter in reading. Looking for and using text structure in everything they read helps students to study texts more effectively.





Underlying these themes is our belief that students learn with texts, not necessarily from texts. Learning from texts suggests that a text is a body of information to be mastered by learners rather than a tool by which they construct meaning and knowledge. Learning with a text, on the other hand, implies that students have much to contribute to their own learning as they interact with texts to make meaning and construct knowledge.

Organization of the Eighth Edition

The knowledge base related to content literacy and learning has changed dramatically in the past twenty-five years, and so has thinking about what constitutes "best practice." Nevertheless, in making decisions related to changes in this edition, we ask the same question that guided the writing of the first edition twentyfive years ago: How can teachers make content literacy a visible part of their instructional routines without sacrificing high standards for content learning?



Answers to this guiding question led us to reorganize the eighth edition into three parts: Part One: Content Literacy in a Standards-Based Curriculum, Part Two: Learners and Texts, and Part Three: Instructional Strategies and Practices. Part One situates issues and problems related to content literacy within the context of the standards-based movement and accountability systems that are changing the face of education in today's U.S. schools. Although the pressure to ensure that students meet content standards weighs heavily on instructional decisions, a teacher can make a difference in students' literacy development and knowledge acquisition by showing them how to use literacy processes and strategies to meet high standards for learning. Ongoing, authentic assessment in the classroom--when coupled with high-stakes proficiency assessment--provides the information that teachers need to inform their day-by-day instructional decisions about content literacy and learning. In Parts Two and Three of this edition, we build an instructional framework for content literacy and learning across the curriculum. In Part Two, Learners and Texts, our emphasis is on the exploration and clarification of issues related to struggling readers and writers, culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and the use of trade books and electronic texts to extend and enrich the curriculum. Students who continually struggle with text in reading and writing situations need to build strategic knowledge, skills, and insights related to literacy and learning. Moreover, culturally and linguistically diverse students present a unique challenge to content area teachers, especially in light of the influx of immigrant students in today's classrooms. We also examine the limitations of textbooks and explain how to use trade books and information and communication technologies such as the Internet to extend and enrich a standards-based curriculum. In Part Three, Instructional Strategies and Practices, we flesh out the instructional framework by explaining how to create active learning environments in which all students--alone and in collaboration with one another--know how to use content literacy strategies to learn with texts. To this end, Part Three offers a multitude of instructional strategies and practices that allow teachers to scaffold instruction in ways that support the following:


development of vocabulary knowledge and concepts; activation of prior knowledge before, during, and after reading; comprehension and critical analysis of text through reader­text interactions; use of various writing activities to facilitate learning; and development of study strategies based on a search for text structure in everything that students read.

These instructional strategies and practices are designed to engage students in their strategic interactions with text and other learners. Rather than left to "sink or swim" with a text assignment, students will be more likely to know how to search for meaning in everything they talk about, listen to, and read, view, and write.



Features in the Eighth Edition

The eighth edition retains all of the features of the previous edition, while improving its overall coverage of content literacy topics and instructional strategies and practices.

New and Expanded Chapters

The text continues to emphasize a contemporary, functional approach to content literacy instruction. In a functional approach, content area teachers learn how to integrate literacy-related strategies into instructional routines without sacrificing the teaching of content. Our intent is not to "morph" a content teacher into a reading specialist or writing instructor. As a result, we expanded our discussions of topics in the previous edition by creating separate, new chapters for the following:


Chapter 1: Reading Matters (with an emphasis on the impact of teaching to content standards); Chapter 3: Struggling Readers and Writers (with a renewed emphasis on writing strategies for students who struggle with the writing process); Chapter 4: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (with emphasis on students whose first language is other than English); Chapter 5: Learning with Trade Books (written by Professor Barbara Moss from San Diego State University, a leading expert in the field of informational literature for children and adolescents); and Chapter 6: Learning with Electronic Texts (with emphasis on learning with the Internet).





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among the important ideas presented in each chapter. A set of questions at the start of the chapter helps readers approach the text in a critical Frame of Mind as they analyze and interpret information presented in each chapter. End-of-chapter features include Minds On and Hands On activities. Minds On activities engage students individually and collaboratively in thinking more deeply about some of the important ideas that they have studied. Hands On activities engage students individually and collaboratively in applying some of the important ideas that they have studied.

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Why are today's classrooms more diverse than they were several decades ago? What are some of the cultural and linguistic differences that students from various racial and ethnic backgrounds bring to classroom learning situations? Why do English language learners struggle with content literacy tasks, and how does sheltered instruction make content more accessible to them while providing additional language support? How can teachers scaffold instruction to develop vocabulary-building strategies for diverse learners? How are the questioning the author (QtA) strategy and the directed reading­thinking activity (DR-TA) similar? How are they different? Why is classroom talk especially important to English language learners, and how can teachers create an environment for discussion in their classrooms?





New Features

New features to this edition include marginal notations and "boxed" text segments that highlight issues related to content standards and assessment, procedures for research-based best practices, and connections between chapter content and diverse learners.


e began our teaching careers in the 1960s in a suburban high school just outside of Albany, New York, during the height of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. The times were tumultuous in the wake of great social change. Practically every facet of American society was open to critical examination, if not reform, including the nation's schools. The landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruled that "separate but equal" schools were unconstitutional and laid the groundwork for educational reform in the 1960s. The civil rights movement fueled the legislative agenda of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination in public institutions on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin. Also in 1964, the Economic Opportunity Act resulted in educational programs, such as Head Start and Upward Bound, that are still in existence today. In 1965, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) established compensatory educational programs (Title 1) to provide educational opportunities for low-income students from minority backgrounds. In addition, the Bilingual Education Act of 1967 made it possible for schools to receive federal funding for minority groups who were non-English speaking. Despite the social and educational reforms taking place in the 1960s, it was business as usual at the high school where we taught. The school seemed impervious to change. In a student body of more than 1,000 students, no more than 1 or 2 percent of the students were people of color or immigrants whose first language was one other than English. Response Journal One of our students during If you currently are our first year of teaching, teaching, how would you Johnny, was the oldest son describe the cultural and of Hungarian immigrants. linguistic differences of your students? If you are He worked after school at studying to be a teacher, his uncle's garage where he describe the cultural and pumped gas and did minor linguistic differences repairs on cars. He used to that existed in your work on our beat-up, old school experiences. Chevy Impala whenever it broke down and needed repair. Anyone who took the time to get to know him could tell that Johnny was a bright young man, but in school he was mostly a quiet


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We are grateful to the many individuals who made this edition possible. First, we would like to thank several of our former doctoral students who came to the rescue of tired and beleaguered mentors by helping us to meet deadline commitments: Dr. Barbara Moss, San Diego State University, for revising Chapter 5, Learning with Trade Books; Dr. Christine McKeon, Walsh University, for serving in the role of Webmaster as she updated and redesigned the Companion Website for this edition; and Dr. Maryann Mraz, University of North Carolina, for revising and updating the Instructor's Resource Manual. We also wish to acknowledge the thoughtful and thought-provoking professional suggestions of those who responded to questionnaires and reviewed the text for this edition: Vi Alexander, Stephen F. Austin State University; Mickey Bogart, Kansas State University; Dr. Deb Carr, King's College and Hazleton Area School District; Ann Harvey, Columbia College; Stephenie Hewett, The Citadel; Lois E. Huffman, North Carolina State University; Luther Kirk, Longwood University; and Joyce Stallworth, The University of Alabama. This book is only as good as the editors behind it. We owe a debt of gratitude to our Acquisitions Editor, Aurora Martínez, whose graceful guidance and incisive leadership on this project made us work harder than we wanted to. And special kudos to Tom Jefferies, the finest and steadiest developmental editor with whom we have had the pleasure to work thus far. A special thanks to students, colleagues, and teachers in schools throughout the United States and Canada, too numerous to list, who have contributed immeasurably to our growth as teachers and scholars. This book has been a marriage-of-sorts for us and it's time to celebrate our silver anniversary with this edition's time cycle! Never in our dreams did we think it possible, and we thank a Power greater than ourselves for making it a reality. R. T. V. J. L. V.


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