Reading across the Curriculum: Further investigation

This guide includes references on the topic, best practices and some tools to use in the classroom.

Templates for assignments

Here are some examples of active reading assignments in the classroom. Please feel free to use these.

If you want to create your own and share, please email the file to

Academic Success Videos

The Sidney Silverman Library provides streaming access and DVDs of "Academic Success: Smart Tips for Serious Students"*. These six short videos are filled with insights, observations and hints from students and experts in the field.

Titles include:

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BharuthramSharita. "Making A Case For The Teaching Of Reading Across The Curriculum In Higher Education." South African Journal Of Education 32.2 (2012): 205­214. Academic Search Premier. Web. 3 November 2017.

Ediger, Marlow. "Assessing Reading In The Science Curriculum." College Student Journal 39.1 (2005): 26­30. Academic Search Premier. Web. 3 November 2017.

French, Tiana. “Scholarly Articles and Community and Junior College Students: An Uneven Match?” Community and Junior College Libraries 13 no.1 (2005):13–23. doi:10.1300/J107v13n01

Jolliffe, David A, and Allison Harl. “Studying the ‘Reading Transition’ from High School to College: What Are Our Students Reading and Why?” College English 70, no. 6 (2008): 599–617.

"Teaching Reading Across the Curriculum." Principal Leadership 2.2 (2001): 57-61.ProQuest. Web. 3 November 2017.

Wilfong, Lori G. "Textmasters: Bringing Literature Circles to Textbook Reading Across the Curriculum." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 53.2 (2009): 164-71.ProQuest. Web. 3 November 2017.

Younker, Keith. "Facilitating the NCTE Reading Initiative Across the High School Curriculum." English Journal 92.3 (2003): 18-20. ProQuest. Web. 3 November 2017.

  1. file:///home/chronos/u-a8a773b942663a3b9726c54fcb02e0bc85e58015/MyFiles/Downloads/Active_Reading_Worksheet.pdf An Active Reading Worksheet

  2. file:///home/chronos/u-a8a773b942663a3b9726c54fcb02e0bc85e58015/MyFiles/Downloads/Reading_Comprehension_Strategies.pdf Reading Comprehension Strategies PDF

  3. file:///home/chronos/u-a8a773b942663a3b9726c54fcb02e0bc85e58015/MyFiles/Downloads/How_To_Read_A_Textbook.pdf How to Read A Textbook PDF 

  4. file:///home/chronos/u-a8a773b942663a3b9726c54fcb02e0bc85e58015/MyFiles/Downloads/Text%20Diagram%20Examples2.pdf Examples of Text Diagrams/ Concept Mapping or Webbing.

  5. file:///home/chronos/u-a8a773b942663a3b9726c54fcb02e0bc85e58015/MyFiles/Downloads/Cornell%20Notes%20Method%20Practice.pdf My Example of Cornell Notes for Textbook Chapter

  1. The Learning Cafe *This site has many reading improvement sections and works with students and includes answer keys. 

  2. ‘5 Types of Note-taking Methods”

  3. “10 Strategies for Improving your Reading Comprehension for College” Purdue University

  4. College Reading Resources -Reading Strategies Pilgrim Library [ includes PDF handouts to download.


coded list for annotation
7 learning styles

This guide was created as a Faculty Development tool by Dr.Kate McGivern at the Sidney Silverman Library.

Resources, definitions and other input provided by Prof. Elizabeth Marsh from English Basic Skills and Prof. Carol Chovanec from Radiation Therapy.