READING IN THE ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT provides teacher modeling and guided practice in content-area textbook reading. It teaches comprehension as a task, not as an isolated skill. The lessons help move the student from teacher dependency to independence in reading textbooks. Students will master academic reading on the literal level of comprehension by identifying explicit main ideas and details, following directions, and identifying a sequence. On the critical/creative level of comprehension (experience-based questions), students will be able to defend their own judgment of a written passage as to its truth, accuracy, and worth. READING IN THE ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT fosters academic literacy by also: Providing authentic content-area reading in a variety of academic subjects, allowing students to learn to read academic writing as opposed to simply mainstream writing. Providing guided practice and teacher modeling in comprehension tasks and vocabulary development. This allows students to use the skills immediately, encourages active participation, and guides students through learning to use study skills. Giving a choice of an Active Questioning reading plan, in which students work on all levels of comprehension by answering or writing questions on each section of a content-area chapter, or a Reciprocal Teaching reading plan, in which students work with a partner or in a small group by questioning, summarizing, predicting, and clarifying each section of the chapter. Similar variety is used in the vocabulary exercises.Dillard, Mary L. is the author of 'Reading in the Academic Environment' with ISBN 9780130414687 and ISBN 0130414689.