Explaining Reading, Second Edition: A Resource for Teaching Concepts, Skills, and Strategies / Edition 2

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Exemplary teacher research has established that explicit teaching plays a vital role in the K-8 classroom, with particular benefits for struggling readers. This book is a practical resource for explaining reading to students who do not learn to read easily. Identified are 22 major skills and strategies associated with vocabulary development, comprehension, word recognition, and fluency. Ways to explain each skill or strategy are illustrated with abundant concrete examples, which teachers can use as starting points for developing lessons tailored to the needs, strengths, and interests of their own students. The book also shows how to move from the teacher's explanation to the student's independent use of new concepts, and how to embed explicit teaching within a context of rich, engaging literacy experiences.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Consistent use of explicit instruction is a surefire way to help students make progress in reading. Explaining Reading, Second Edition, is the perfect resource for teachers who want to implement explicit instruction successfully. I will recommend this book to all of the principals and schools I support. Thank you, Dr. Duffy!"--Trudy Thoman, district literacy strategist, Sioux City Community Schools, Iowa
"What a find for K-8 educators! Experienced teachers can add another layer to their understanding of strategy instruction, while newer teachers can use the text to build a strong foundation. Duffy has taken the road map he created with the first edition and enhanced it with his focus on 'real reading' and 'keeping the big ideas in mind.' This second edition is a perfect text for college courses and professional learning communities."--Cathy Bailey, MEd, literacy consultant, Chester County, Pennsylvania
"Duffy has done it again! This second edition improves on a classic, making critical ideas clearer and providing even more information for teachers who want to learn how to teach reading more effectively and explicitly."--Richard L. Allington, PhD, Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, University of Tennessee

"Explaining Reading is the perfect resource for preservice and inservice teachers as they attend to the most important classroom activity--teaching children to read. Our teacher candidates and cooperating teachers appreciated the clear explanations, strategies, and lessons provided by the first edition. They will be pleased to see that the second edition is even better, giving increased attention to vocabulary, teacher vision, and the purpose for reading."--Jean Rattigan-Rohr, PhD, School of Education, Elon University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606230756
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2009
  • Series: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald G. Duffy, EdD, is the William Moran Distinguished Professor of Literacy and Reading at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Duffy spent 25 years teaching teachers how to teach reading and conducting research on classroom reading instruction at Michigan State University, where he was a Senior Researcher in the Institute for Research on Teaching and where he holds the rank of Professor Emeritus. He is also a former elementary and middle school teacher. A past President of the National Reading Conference and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame, Dr. Duffy has worked with teachers and children across the United States and overseas, has written and edited several books on reading instruction, and has published over 150 articles and research studies, with an emphasis on explicit teaching and teacher development.

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Table of Contents

I. Background to Explaining

1. The Foundation: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

2. Skills and Strategies to Be Learned

3. Explaining the Forest as Well as the Trees

4. How to Use Part II of This Book

5. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

II. Examples of How to Explain

Examples for Explaining Vocabulary

 Example 1. Teaching Word Meanings Directly

 Example 2. Using Semantic Maps to Develop Word Meaning

 Example 3. Using Context to Figure Out Word Meanings

 Example 4. Structural Analysis

Examples for Explaining Comprehension Strategies

 Example 5. Predicting

 Example 6. Monitoring, Questioning, and Repredicting

 Example 7. Imaging

 Example 8. Inferring

 Example 9. Look-Backs as Fix-It Strategies

 Example 10. Main Ideas

 Example 11. Theme

 Example 12. Summarizing

 Example 13. Drawing Conclusions

 Example 14. Evaluating

 Example 15. Synthesizing

Examples for Explaining Word Recognition

 Example 16. Attending to Print Detail

 Example 17. Recognizing Words at Sight

 Example 18. Phonemic Awareness

 Example 19. Letter–Sound Association

 Example 20. Decoding by Analogy

 Example 21. Context and Phonics in Combination

Examples for Explaining Fluency

 Example 22. Quick Recognition of Look-Alike Words

 Example 23. Intonation and Phrasing

Appendix: Additional Practical Teaching Resources

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