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Content Area Learning Strategies (CALS)

As educators, we are constantly searching for ways to help students to access and be able to read the texts and content of our content area classes. The development of CALS is a 4J systematic effort to increase the use of content area learning strategies in all classrooms. In essence, CALS are strategies designed to enable students to independently access text. Examples include: teaching students how to examine the text structure (i.e., headings, bolded words, captions), determining the purpose before reading a certain text, a variety of note-taking strategies, identifying the gist, creating a summary, and asking questions at a variety of thinking levels. These strategies are applicable across subject areas and are helping our students become increasingly independent readers of content-area texts.