Teaching Language Arts, Math, and Science to Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Under NCLB, students with severe disabilities are expected to make progress on state academic content standards in language arts, math, and science. But what material should educators teach from these three content areas, and how should they teach it? With this groundbreaking textbook, future educators will finally have the answers they need. The first major research-to-practice resource on this critical topic, this text goes beyond functional and access skills and shows educators how to make the general curriculum accessible to students of all ages with significant cognitive disabilities. Twenty-five of the best-known researchers in the field prepare educators to

  • adapt lessons in language arts, math, and science for students with disabilities
  • identify meaningful instructional content
  • create effective learning environments through instructional procedures such as peer tutoring, cooperative learning, and co-teaching
  • set appropriate expectations for student achievement
  • align instruction with state content standards and alternate assessment

For each content area, future teachers will get a solid research foundation blended with teaching examples, guidelines, and helpful figures and tables. A timely textbook for preservice educators — and a valuable reference for in-service teachers seeking guidance — this important resource will raise expectations for students with disabilities and ensure their progress in key academic areas.


Beyond the Boundaries

Many contemporary secondary education standards call for teachers to reach across traditional disciplinary lines and create curricula and instructional techniques that are interdisciplinary in nature (as examples, for mathematics see Principles and Standards for School Mathematics; for science see National Science Education Standards; for foreign language see Standards for Foreign Language Learning; Preparing fro the 21st Century). Yet, due to the highly entrenched and fragmented administrative structure of teacher education fields, including tertiary preparation and state certification, most practitioners and teacher educators approach said endeavors from a subject-specific orientation. This contributed volume includes perpsectives from major areas in secondary teacher education, including Science, Mathematics, Social Studies. Art, Literacy, English/Language Arts, Foreign Language, Bilingual Education, foundations, and Literacy. The book includes both theoretical and practical aspects as to how teachers are being prepared to create and implement transdisciplinary units. The authors explore how these approaches can be imiproved such that teachers attempt to apply transdisciplinary epistemological and pedagogical structures, which emphasize inquiry from multiple perspectives, to avail the full power of such learning experiences to the students.

Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction and Assessment, 6-12

Prepare future educators to strengthen the literacy skills of students in Grades 6-12 with this introductory reading textbook, based on the latest research, the Common Core State Standards, and recommended instructional practices. The perfect first text on adolescent literacy, this expertly organized volume covers all the fundamentals of how reading and writing skills develop in older students and how to teach literacy within key academic content areas: language arts, math, science, and history. More than 20 of today’s top authorities give educators the solid, practical background knowledge they’ll need for the rest of their careers, as they shape the next generation of confident readers and writers.


  • teach the fundamental components of literacy, with special emphasis on fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension
  • address the Common Core State Standards
  • prepare students for college and career by teaching literacy in content areas
  • differentiate instruction for struggling students and English language learners
  • implement the highly effective RTI model and other multi-tiered systems of support
  • apply evidence-based instructional strategies in the classroom
  • use current legislation to inform classroom instruction

STUDENT-FRIENDLY FEATURES: Practical sample lesson plans for use in tutoring and student teaching, classroom examples illustrating recommended practices, helpful chapter objectives and summaries, in-class exercises and homework assignments, an appendix of formative assessment strategies.


Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education

Task-based language instruction has proven to be highly effective, but surprisingly underutilized. Theory can only go so far and hands-on experience can greatly speed and enhance the learning of a second language. Nineteen talented instructors who have successfully implemented task-based programs explain the principles behind the programs, discuss how problems were resolved, and share details on class activities and program design. Each chapter takes the reader through the different stages in designing and setting up such programs, adjusting them, and appraising and testing them in normal classroom conditions. This book covers TBI syllabus and program design and is based on actual classroom experience. Any one of the courses or programs discussed can serve as models for others. Many of the contributors are highly respected practitioners who are presenting their programs for the first time, while others are regular participants in today’s ongoing dialogue about teaching methods.

Full of concrete, adaptable models of task-based language teaching drawn from a number of countries and eleven different languages — including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish, and Ukrainian — Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education presents proven, real-world, practical courses and programs; and includes web-based activities. It demonstrates useful and practical ways to engage students far beyond what can be learned from reading textbook dialogue. TBI involves the student directly with the language being taught via cognitively engaging activities that reflect authentic and purposeful use of language, resulting in language-learning experiences that are pleasurable and effective.

For all instructors seeking to help their learners enhance their understanding and grasp of the foreign language they are learning, Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education is a rich and rewarding hands-on guide to effective and transformative learning.


Methods for Teaching Foreign Languages

Exclusive in its socio-cultural approach to language learning, this comprehensive book builds on the National Communication Standards for foreign language learning. Its goal is to equip readers with the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain effective classroom communities of foreign language learners. Communication; Communicative Development; Creating Communities of Learners in the Classroom; Classroom Discourse; Planning Instruction and Assessment; The Interpersonal Mode; The Interpretive Mode; The Presentational Mode; Professional Development. For junior high and high school teachers of modern foreign languages.


Content Area Reading and Learning

How can teachers make content-area learning more accessible to their students? This text addresses instructional issues and provides a wealth of classroom strategies to help all middle and secondary teachers effectively enable their students to develop both content concepts and strategies for continued learning. The goal is to help teachers model, through excellent instruction, the importance of lifelong content-area learning. This working textbook provides students maximum interaction with the information, strategies, and examples presented in each chapter.

Content Area Reading and Learning: Instructional Strategies, Third Edition is organized around five themes:

  • Content Area Reading: An Overview
  • The Teacher and the Text
  • The Students
  • The Instructional Program
  • School Culture and Environment in Middle and High School Classrooms


Pedagogical features: Each chapter includes a graphic organizer, a chapter overview, a Think Before Reading Activity, one or more Think While Reading Activities, and a Think After Reading Activity. The activities present questions and scenarios designed to integrate students’ previous knowledge and experience with their new learnings about issues related to content area reading, literacy, and learning, and to serve as catalysts for thinking and discussions.

New in the Third Edition

  • The latest information on literacy strategies in every content area
  • Research-based strategies for teaching students to read informational texts
  • Up-to-date information for differentiating instruction for English-speaking and non-English speaking students
  • An examination of youth culture and the role it plays in student learning
  • A look at authentic learning in contexts related to the world of work
  • Ways of using technology and media literacy to support content learning
  • Suggestions for using writing in every content area to enhance student learning
  • Ideas for using multiple texts for learning content
  • A focus on the assessment-instruction connection
  • Strategies for engaging and motivating students


Content Area Reading and Learning: Instructional Strategies, Third Edition, is intended as a primary text for courses on middle and high school content area literacy and learning.

Teaching for Joy and Justice

Teaching for Joy and Justice is the much-anticipated sequel to Linda Christensen’s bestselling Reading, Writing, and Rising Up. Christensen is recognized as one of the country’s finest teachers. Her latest book shows why. Through story upon story, Christensen demonstrates how she draws on students’ lives and the world to teach poetry, essay, narrative, and critical literacy skills. Teaching for Joy and Justice reveals what happens when a teacher treats all students as intellectuals, instead of intellectually challenged. Part autobiography, part curriculum guide, part critique of today’s numbing standardized mandates, this book sings with hope — born of Christensen’s more than 30 years as a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and teacher educator. Practical, inspirational, passionate: this is a must-have book for every language arts teacher, whether veteran or novice. In fact, Teaching for Joy and Justice is a must-have book for anyone who wants concrete examples of what it really means to teach for social justice.

Teaching Middle School Language Arts

Teaching Middle School Language Arts is the first book on teaching middle school language arts for multiple intelligences and related 21st century literacies in technologically and ethnically diverse communities. More than 670,000 middle school teachers (grades six through eight) are responsible for educating nearly 13 million students in public and private schools. Thousands more teachers join these ranks annually, especially in the South and West, where ethnic populations are ballooning. Teachers and administrators seek practical, time-efficient ways of teaching language arts to 21st century adolescents in increasingly multicultural, technologically diverse, socially networked communities. They seek sound understanding, practical advice, and proven strategies for connecting diverse literature to 21st century societies while meeting state and professional standards. Teaching Middle School Language Arts provides strategies and resources that work. Roseboro’s book provides an entire academic year of inspiring theory and instruction in multimedia reading, writing, and speaking for the 21st century literacies that are increasingly required in the United States and Canada. An appendix includes supplementary documents to adapt or adopt, and a companion web site is designed to continue communication with readers.

Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher

An indispensable guide for middle school science teachers who have inclusive classrooms

The third volume in the Differentiated Instruction series, Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher offers teachers proven techniques for designing and delivering effective science instruction, measuring success, getting students to work together, and collaborating with other professionals. The ready-to-use activities are tied to core curriculum standards for middle school students and each lesson incorporates adaptations for students with different learning needs.

  • Includes strategies for teaching a standards-based science curriculum
  • Contains a wealth of activities that can be adapted for learners of all abilities
  • Offers information for delivering effective instruction, measuring success, and student collaboration

The authors, both experienced teachers, offer a range of techniques, such as station/group activities, enrichment activities, and modifications for students with specific disabilities.