“To help every kid fall in love with at least one field of knowledge, our students must encounter our fields’ most galvanizing, tantalizing, and pivotal documents. This book is about making those encounters as compelling as we can make them.”
—Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Steven Zemelman
We are specialists to the bone—in science, math, social studies, art, music, business, and foreign language. But now, the Common Core and state standards require us to help our students better understand the distinctive texts in our subject areas. “Nobody’s making us into reading teachers,” write Smokey Daniels and Steve Zemelman, “but we must become teachers of disciplinary thinking through our students’ reading.”
If this shift sounds like a tough one, Subjects Matter, Second Edition is your solution. Smokey and Steve, two of America’s most popular educators, share exactly what you need to help students read your nonfiction content closely and strategically:
- 27 proven teaching strategies that help meet—and exceed—the standards
- how-to suggestions for engaging kids with content through wide, real-world reading
- a lively look at using “boring” textbooks
- motivating instruction that’s powered by student collaboration
- specifics for helping struggling readers succeed.
Subjects Matter, Second Edition enables deep, thoughtful learning for your students, while keeping the irreverent, inspiring heart that’s made the first edition indispensable. You’ll discover fresh and re-energized lessons, completely updated research, and vibrant vignettes from new colleagues and old friends who have as much passion for their subjects as you do.
“We’ll be using methods particular to our fields as well as engaging reading materials that help students understand and remember our content better,” write Smokey and Steve. “We can realize that vision of the light going on in kids’ heads and maybe fill them with enthusiasm about the amazing subject matter that we have to offer. Sound good? Let’s get to work.”
Read a sample chapter from Subjects Matter, Second Edition.