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How do students become thoughtful, independent readers who comprehend text at a deep level?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435072377
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/21/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellin Oliver Keene is the author or coauthor of Talk About Understanding (2012); Comprehension Going Forward (2011); To Understand (2008); and Mosaic of Thought, Second Edition (2007), all published by Heinemann. She has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and adjunct professor of reading and writing. For sixteen years she directed staff development initiatives at the Denver-based Public Education & Business Coalition. She served as Deputy Director of the Cornerstone Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania for 4 years, where she oversaw literacy and professional learning for teachers in high-poverty schools throughout the nation. She lives with her husband, David, and daughter, Elizabeth, in Denver and works with schools and districts around the country. Ellin Oliver Keene is a Heinemann Professional Development provider. She now provides long-term professional development residencies in partnership with Heinemann Professional Development. Click for an overview of the Keene Residency or to learn more about Heinemann residencies as a long-term literacy action plan.

An internationally-known speaker and workshop leader, Susan Zimmermann is coauthor of Comprehension Going Forward (2011) and the educational bestsellers Mosaic of Thought, Second Edition (2007) and 7 Keys to Comprehension (with Chryse Hutchins, 2003). She cofounded and served as the Executive Director of the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition, an organization that has spearheaded ground-breaking comprehension work. During her ten years there, she initiated numerous programs to improve the quality of public schools, including the Reading Project, which has been implemented in more than one hundred schools and provides the examples in Mosaic of Thought, Second Edition, and 7 Keys. As part of Heinemann Speakers, Susan also provides Professional development through Heinemann related to comprehension strategy teaching. Visit her Heinemann Speakers page for more information. Susan is also the author of Keeping Katherine (2005); Writing to Heal the Soul (2002), winner of the Colorado Book Award; and Grief Dancers (1996), finalist for the Colorado Book Award and winner of the Exceptional Parent symbol of excellence for its "profound contribution to human understanding and dignity." These wise and inspiring books grew out of Susan's personal experience of raising her profoundly handicapped daughter Katherine, who developed normally for her first year, but then experienced a devastating neurological disorder (Rett syndrome) that left her unable to walk, talk or feed herself. Currently a full-time speaker and writer, Susan has given hundreds of workshops, keynotes, and summer institutes in over 40 states, throughout Canada, and in Mexico on ways to deepen reading and writing experiences for adults and children. A lover of the wilderness and believer in the transformative power of the outdoors, she has been a trustee of the Colorado Outward Bound School and served as the board chair of The Women's Wilderness Institute, an organization that provides wilderness learning experiences for adolescent girls and women. Susan is a graduate of Yale Law School and mother of four. She lives in the foothills west of Denver. For more information on Susan Zimmermann visit her Web site at

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Table of Contents

The Mosaic Takes Shape

Mind Journeys

What Lies Beneath

Homes in the Mind: Connecting the Known to the New

The Essence of Text: Determining Importance

Delving Deeper with Questions

A Mosaic in the Mind: Using Sensory Images to Enhance Comprehension

The Intersection of Meaning: Inferring

The Contour and Substance of Meaning: Synthesis

From Problem to Resolution: Empowering Children to Solve Reading Problems Independently

A Mosaic Created

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    very impressive!

    Each chapter beggings with a challenging paragraph, that sometimes makes you feel like one of your students, without a clue of how the paragraph relates to the strategy, but it all fits when you keep reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006


    I enjoyed reading about actual techniques used in a classroom. I loved that he explained failures as well as successes. Gave me great ideas to utilize in my class.

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