Improving Comprehension Instruction: Rethinking Research, Theory, and Classroom Practice / Edition 1

Improving Comprehension Instruction: Rethinking Research, Theory, and Classroom Practice / Edition 1

by Cathy Collins Block
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787963097

ISBN-13: 9780787963095

Pub. Date: 09/20/2002

Publisher: Wiley

If students are to succeed they must learn to read well and the key to reading well is comprehension. Comprehension enables all students to fully discern, understand, and make meaning of both informational and narrative texts— and is vital for learning and literacy.

Co-published by Jossey-Bass and the International Reading Association, Improving

Overview

If students are to succeed they must learn to read well and the key to reading well is comprehension. Comprehension enables all students to fully discern, understand, and make meaning of both informational and narrative texts— and is vital for learning and literacy.

Co-published by Jossey-Bass and the International Reading Association, Improving Comprehension Instruction provides a comprehensive overview of current research, proven methods, and successful applications for designing and delivering effective comprehension instruction in K-12 classrooms across the curriculum. Featuring chapters written by noted experts in literacy, cognition, and teaching methodology, this much-needed volume examines the broad array of strategies that teachers can use to develop comprehension proficiency in all students, even those who have had limited previous success in reading. Each chapter focuses on a particular facet of comprehension, presenting research, model instructional practices, and steps needed to ensure that the instructional innovations are effectively adopted in the classroom. The book also highlights sample lessons, showing how comprehension can be prompted, modeled, or demonstrated by the teacher. Strategies for instructing students from urban at-risk or diverse linguistic backgrounds, for overcoming particular reading problems, and for making effective use of educational technology receive prominent attention.

This indispensable resource provides teacher educators, teachers, school leaders, administrators, policymakers, and other educators with the tools they need to put in place meaning-enhanced literacy instruction that can empower children to fulfill their potential and become good readers and learners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787963095
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/20/2002
Series:
Jossey-Bass Education Ser.
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.41(d)

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Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Exhibits.

Foreword (Gerald G. Duffy).

Preface.

The Editors.

The Contributors.

Part One: New Directions in Comprehension Instruction.

Introduction: Improving Comprehension Instruction: An Urgent Priority (Linda B. Gambrell, Cathy Collins Block, and Michael Pressley).

1. Reconceptualizing Reading Comprehension (Anne P. Sweet and Catherine Snow).

2. The Thinking Process Approach to Comprehension Development: Preparing Students for Their Future Comprehension Challenges (Cathy Collins Block and Rebecca B. Johnson).

3. From Good to Memorable: Characteristics of Highly Effective Comprehension Teaching (Ellin Oliver Keene).

4. The Guided Reading Lesson: Explaining, Supporting, and Prompting for Comprehension (Gay Su Pinnell).

5. Instructional Components for Promoting Thoughtful Literacy Learning (Pamela J. Dunston).

Part Two: New Comprehension Lessons Across the Curriculum.

6. Differentiating Reading and Writing Lessons to Promote Content Learning (Karen D. Wood).

7. Parsing, Questioning, and Rephrasing (PQR): Building Syntactic Knowledge to Improve Reading Comprehension (James Flood, Diane Lapp, and Douglas Fisher).

8. Using Writing to Improve Comprehension: A Review of the Writing-to-Reading Research (Bena R. Hef.in and Douglas K. Hartman).

9. Research-Based Comprehension Practices That Create Higher-Level Discussions (Janice F. Almasi).

10. Goose Bumps and Giggles: Engaging Young Readers' Critical Thinking with Books from the Teachers' Choices Project and Graphic Organizers (Kathy N. Headley and Jean Keeler).

Part Three: Integrating Technology and Innovative Instruction.

11. Using Technology to Individualize Reading Instruction (David Rose and Bridget Dalton).

12. Computers, Kids, and Comprehension: Instructional Practices That Make a Difference (Linda D. Labbo).

13. Out of This World: Cyberspace, Literacy, and Learning (Victoria Gentry Ridgeway, Chris L. Peters, and Terrell Seawell Tracy).

14. Reading in the Digital Era: Strategies for Building Critical Literacy (Lisa Patel Stevens and Thomas W. Bean).

Part Four: Overcoming Comprehension Challenges.

15. Hitting the Wall: Helping Struggling Readers Comprehend (D. Ray Reutzel, Kay Camperell, and John A. Smith).

16. At-Risk Students: Learning to Break Through Comprehension Barriers (Lynn Romeo).

17. Helping Struggling Readers Make Sense of Reading (Irene W. Gaskins, Sally R. Laird, Colleen O'Hara, Theresa Scott, and Cheryl A. Cress).

Conclusion: Improving Comprehension Instruction: A Path for the Future (Michael Pressley).

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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