Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12 / Edition 1

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Do your students often struggle with difficult novels and other challenging texts? Do they think one reading of a work is more than enough? Do they primarily comprehend at a surface-level, and are they frequently unwilling or unable to discover the deeper meaning found in multi-layered works? Do you feel that you are doing more work teaching the novel than they are reading it?

Building on twenty years of teaching language arts, Kelly Gallagher, author of Reading Reasons, shows how students can be taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension. In Deeper Reading, Kelly shares effective, classroom-tested strategies that enable your students to:

  • accept the challenge of reading difficult books;
  • move beyond a "first draft" understanding of the text into deeper levels of reading;
  • consciously monitor their comprehension as they read;
  • employ effective fix-it strategies when their comprehension begins to falter;
  • use meaningful collaboration to achieve deeper understanding of texts;
  • think metaphorically to deepen their reading comprehension;
  • reach deeper levels of reflection by understanding the relevance the book holds for themselves and their peers;
  • use critical thinking skills to analyze real-world issues.

Kelly also provides guidance on effective lesson planning that incorporates strategies for deeper reading.

Funny, poignant, and packed with practical ideas that work in real classrooms, Deeper Reading is a valuable resource for any teacher whose students need new tools to uncover the riches found in complex texts.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Deeper Reading deserves to be part of all reading teachers' libraries and mandatory for every new teacher." - Education Review

"My copy of Deeper Reading looks like a celebration. Dog-eared sticky notes flutter from the top and sides. Highlighter colors are sprinkled down the pages. Yes, this book is a keeper." - Teacher Learners Network

"The author examines key reading issues and presents effective and practical strategies to move students beyond surface-level understanding into reflection." - School Library Journal

"The text is full of easy-to-implement ideas that can be used right away. The questions, planning guides, explanations, and activities combine to form a highly usable text that would be helpful to a new teacher as well as an experienced one." - Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103840
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 110,818
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Why reading is like baseball 1
2 Teaching challenging text 11
3 Focusing the reader 25
4 Effective first-draft reading 51
5 Deepening comprehension through second-draft reading 79
6 The importance of collaboration 104
7 Using metaphor to deepen comprehension 124
8 Leading students to meaningful reflection 148
9 Reading the world 167
10 The art of teaching deep reading 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Solid ideas for reading instruction!

    Gallagher's books are top notch. Deeper Reading is filled with ready to use strategies for the secondary classroom teacher. It is a difficult task to sum up everything I learned from this book in a concise way, but when forced to pare it down, I'd say the word "active" fits best. Everything that Gallagher discusses in this book, the assertions he makes, add all the strategies and examples he provides focus on what the student can DO before, during, and after reading. It was a good reminder for me: reading is active, not passive!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    'Deeper Reading' Wins the Gold

    Every page of this book is useful. Gallagher has spent much time perfecting methods to help students succeed with difficult texts. He sees his role as that of 'expert tour guide' leading his students through challenging literature and in the process helping them to become mature, equipped, aggressive readers. Gallaghers examples are specific, clear and practical. His positive tone and thoughtfully developed philosophy, which have clearly evolved through extensive classroom experience, uplift and inspire.

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