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Developmental Reading -- Teaching Reading Skills for Content Areas



Developmental Reading is the name given to a branch of reading instruction designed to support students in content area classes, such as social studies, history, and the sciences. Developmental reading programs teach students strategies for engaging content texts, such as textbooks, articles, and resource books that they will encounter in high school and beyond, in higher education settings.

Developmental reading does not address basic reading skills, such as phonemic awareness, decoding and vocabulary.

Still, students with reading disabilities benefit from developmental reading training that helps them identify text types, features and how to identify important information in a text. The purpose of developmental reading is to support students as they pursue learning in higher level educational settings, such as technical schools, colleges and universities.

Many community colleges offer developmental reading courses to help students who are not really prepared for the rigors of college level courses, especially technical text books.

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