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Comprehension Across the Curriculum: Perspectives and Practices K-12
     

Comprehension Across the Curriculum: Perspectives and Practices K-12

by Kathy Ganske (Editor)
 

Successful students use comprehension skills and strategies throughout the school day. In this timely book, leading scholars present innovative ways to support reading comprehension across content areas and the full K–12 grade range. Chapters provide specific, practical guidance for selecting rewarding texts and promoting engagement and understanding in

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Successful students use comprehension skills and strategies throughout the school day. In this timely book, leading scholars present innovative ways to support reading comprehension across content areas and the full K–12 grade range. Chapters provide specific, practical guidance for selecting rewarding texts and promoting engagement and understanding in social studies, math, and science, as well as language arts and English classrooms. Cutting-edge theoretical perspectives and research findings are clearly explained. Special attention is given to integrating out-of-school literacies into instruction and developing comprehension in English language learners.

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"A comprehensive look at comprehension! Ganske and Fisher cover all the bases in this coherent work. From basic research findings to multimodal literacies, from mashups to remix, the contributors offer timely, lively, and forward-looking ways that teachers can support kids' strengths and meet their needs. This is the just-right, big-picture text for college comprehension courses and for school-based staff development that gets everyone on the same page."—Harvey Daniels, PhD, Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, University of New Mexico

"This wonderful book will provide insight for educators as we look at all K-12 learners to determine how, when, and what to teach in order to promote comprehension. The contributors remind us that comprehension is not only a developed understanding of what is read, but also is part of how students engage with text at each learning stage and in every content area. The book will help teachers and staff developers think about comprehension development on a continuum while maintaining high expectations for every student."—Susan Dalton, MA, Curriculum Coordinator, Littleton (Colorado) Public Schools

"This book lives up to its title. Inservice teachers will find food for thought and classroom-ready strategies for enhancing students’ understanding of text, whether it be print or digital, fiction or nonfiction, and whether their students are native English speakers or English language learners. Preservice teachers will gain insight into what comprehension instruction might look like from a range of perspectives, including cognitive strategy instruction, promoting talk about text, building background knowledge, dealing with text structure, and fostering motivation and engagement. There is something here for everyone."—Ian A. G. Wilkinson, PhD, School of Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University
 

"This book includes a broad range of resources: research, advice, and specific activities. The chapters are of uniformly high quality. The book offers something for a wide variety of audiences, including teacher educators, researchers, and teachers. I jumped for joy at the chapters on libraries and trade books—I would urge administrators to look at this material as a complement to the focus on scripted basals and pacing charts."—Robert Calfee, PhD, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
 

"Ganske and Fisher are to be commended for presenting such compelling research and recommendations related to comprehension strategy instruction. This book should be in the hands of any preservice or practicing teacher who is working to enhance students' abilities to read all genres strategically and with deeper understanding."—Michelle L. Huntress, MA, reading strategist, Storm Lake (Iowa) Community Schools

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606235126
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/25/2009
Series:
Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Series
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kathy Ganske, PhD, is Professor of the Practice of Literacy and Director of Graduate Elementary Education at Vanderbilt University. She has been involved in using, refining, and teaching about word study practices for over 25 years. Her work is grounded in extensive teaching experience in elementary classrooms. Dr. Ganske's current research interests include discussion during small-group word study instruction and literacy teacher preparation. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including  Word Journeys, Word Sorts and More and Mindful of Words, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Douglas Fisher, PhD, is Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego. He is a recipient of the Celebrate Literacy Award from the International Reading Association, the Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, and a Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dr. Fisher has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design, as well as many books.

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