Enhancing Learning Through Reading and Writing Strategies in the Content Areas (Revised)


In conjunction with the Texas Education Agency Division of Curriculum and Professional Development, this guide was revised in 2003 from the original version (©2000), which was developed in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency Division of Special Education.

This guide focuses on reading and writing strategies that enhance learning in the content areas. These strategies can be used before, during, and after reading text in the content area classroom in order to help students become independent learners. The reading and writing strategies in this guide emphasize the organization of ideas, and are appropriate for middle and high school students, regardless of their reading level or the content area.

This guide also contains information on adaptations for struggling readers and writers (addressing students with disabilities and English language learners).

Professional development guides include the following materials for workshop presenters:

  • Presentation slides, which present key points and activities, offered in two formats: overhead transparencies and Adobe PDF presentations
  • Speaker’s notes and activities to accompany the presentation slides
  • Informational and notetaking handouts for participants
  • References