Pump It Up

Literacy Activities for the Classroom

  • Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
  • Yang Gao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Exploring the Scientific World (Science)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amber Poponak
      Pages 13-16
  3. Becoming An Artist (Arts)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Kayla J. Titko
      Pages 19-22
    3. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 23-25
    4. Mary E. Weems
      Pages 27-30
  4. Appreciating the Beauty of Languages (Literacy/Language Arts)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Jessica Cervenak
      Pages 43-46
    3. Tarah Kerr
      Pages 47-52
    4. James Kenneth Nageldinger
      Pages 53-57
    5. Karen Andrus Tollafield
      Pages 59-63
  5. Embodying Social Justice (Social Studies/Politics/History)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Brenda Boshela
      Pages 67-70
    3. Kenneth Cushner
      Pages 71-74
    4. Gabriel Swarts
      Pages 75-79
    5. Debra C. Smith
      Pages 81-84
  6. Developing a Healthy Mind and Body (Health/Physical Education)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
  7. Playing with Numbers (Mathematics)

  8. Becoming An Artist (Arts)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Yang Gao, Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
      Pages 123-128
    3. Steven L. Turner
      Pages 133-137
    4. Jennifer L. Nigh
      Pages 139-144
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 159-163

About this book


The book contributes to improving teaching and learning in a few ways: first, it provides in-service teachers with step-by-step, ready-to-use strategies that facilitate their students’ comprehension and use of content area reading material; second, it aims to help pre-service teachers learn to implement hands-on lessons for their content area; third, apart from strategies offered to the content area teachers in the mainstream, the book also provides teachers of English language learners with strategies that address the literacy needs of their diverse students.
“The authors in this collection offer teachers ways to deepen students’ reading and writing engagement within particular content areas. These thoughtful lessons are ready to be implemented immediately in the classroom.” – Denise N. Morgan, Ph.D., Kent State University
“This book was created for teachers by teachers. It is filled with creative and engaging strategies, each having a step-by-step guide for implementation to promote student learning. Many of the strategies designed for specific content instruction can be modified for use across the curriculum. It is a refreshing compilation of instructional approaches and a valuable resource for both novice and veteran teachers.” – Maria G. Dove, Ed.D., Molloy College
“The book is not only a useful teaching manual for teachers in the USA, but also a helpful instructional guide for teachers from other cultures. Particularly for the last section on ESL/EFL learners, it provides teachers in the field with inspirational activities.” – Haihua Wang, Ph.D., Dalian Maritime University


literacy multidisciplinary intergenerational activities multicultural education second language learners writing reading activities

Editors and affiliations

  • Joanne Kilgour Dowdy
    • 1
  • Yang Gao
    • 2
  1. 1.Kent State UniversityOhioUSA
  2. 2.Kent State UniversityOhioUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-612-5
  • Buy this book on publisher's site