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Developing Academic Thinking Skills in Grades 6-12: A Handbook of Multiple Intelligence Activities

by Jeff Zwiers

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Developing Academic Thinking Skills in Grades 6-12: A Handbook of Multiple Intelligence Activities

Grades 6 – 12
Type Book
Pages 272
Published August 2004
Publisher International Literacy Association



Help students develop the academic thinking skills and language they need to understand challenging content concepts. This easy-to-use handbook of skill-based activities is organized into three sections:

  • Foundation and background
  • Twelve academic thinking skills (analyzing, comparing, categorizing and classifying, identifying cause and effect, problem solving, persuading, empathizing, synthesizing, interpreting, evaluating, communicating, applying)
  • Reproducible blackline masters for activities

Chapters present skills in order of complexity, with related activities that tap into multiple intelligences—especially valuable for those students who struggle with verbal and math/logical intelligences.


Zwiers, J. (2004). Developing academic thinking skills in grades 6–12: A handbook of multiple intelligence activities. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.


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