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Spotlight on Comprehension presents a tapestry of short, highly practical essays loaded with ready to use strategies for teaching reading comprehension and assessing understanding. Hoyt and an All-Star ensemble of contributors - including Ellin Keene, Tony Stead, Nell Duke, Franki Sibberson, Mike Opitz, David and Yvonne Freeman, Adria Klein, Mary Lee Hahn and Gretchen Owocki - cover the spectrum of comprehension instruction, addressing topics like:

  • implementing the latest research on reading comprehension into your instruction
  • improving children's comprehension strategies, especially questioning, inferring, and summarizing
  • helping emerging, developing, and second language readers improve their comprehension
  • using writing to build reading comprehension
  • tackling a range of texts and genres across the curriculum, including standardized tests
  • building a robust vocabulary
  • organizing instruction around guided reading, the read aloud, and independent reading.
Best yet, Hoyt and her expert contributors include handy tools like checklists, sample lesson plans, book lists, strategy lists, assessment rubrics, and learning extensions that will help you take their ideas and use them in your own classroom immediately. Each chapter even includes Key Questions designed to stimulate personal reflection and support professional conversations or book-study groups. Read Spotlight on Comprehension - in short segments, or all at once; by yourself, or with friends and colleagues - and gather a wealth of strategies for building a literacy of thoughtfulness which will empower your students to get the most meaning from the varied texts of our world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325007199
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 12/3/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Hoyt is a nationally recognized consultant who creates environments where engaged children are active participants in their own learning. She is the author, co-author, or editor of Solutions for Reading Comprehension, Revisit, Reflect, Retell, Updated Edition; Spotlight on Comprehension; Exploring Informational Texts; Make It Real; and Snapshots as well as Snapshots the DVD and the Navigating Informational Texts staff development DVD - all published by Heinemann. In addition, she is the author of Interactive Read-Alouds for grades K - 1, 2 - 3, 4 - 5, and 6 - 7, classroom materials offered by firsthand. Comprehension Strategies: That Help Your Struggling Students Be More Successful Readers, Grades 2 - 5, Linda's BER video series, illustrates many of the strategies found in Revisit, Reflect, Retell, Updated Edition, and is used around the country as a staff development resource for enhancing teachers' understanding of comprehension. Linda Hoyt writes "in classrooms that are driven by curiosity and wonder, learners erupt with literate vigor and writing becomes a natural extension of the learning" Read more from Linda's most recent blogs here: - Just Do It! Informational Writing in the Primary Grades - Guided Writing, Part 1 - Guided Writing, Part 2 - Reading For Life by Laura Robb - Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction Writing (Grades K - 2 3 - 5) Listen to an interview with Linda Hoyt on Education Talk Radio - 11/09/2011 (35:58) Writing - Explorations in Nonfiction Writing - Crafting Nonfiction - Primary and Intermediate - Nonfiction writing DVDs, K-2, 3-5 - "plus pack" at each grade level Reading - Interactive Read Alouds - K-1, 2-3, 4-5 Professional Books: - Make it Real - Revisit, Reflect, Retell Professional Development Services - Online PD: Strategies for Teaching Nonfiction Writing, grades K-2 and 3-5 - Onsite PD: Making Sense of Informational Texts - Onsite PD: Explorations in Nonfiction Writing - Onsite PD: Time-Tested Strategies for Teaching Comprehension - DVD: Nonfiction Study Staff Development Bundle - DVD: Literacy Mini-lessons staff development bundle
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Laying the groundwork for effective instruction
1 Building a literacy of thoughtfulness 2
2 Learning from comprehension research : critical understandings to guide our practices 9
3 To understand 22
4 Building a context for strategy instruction 40
5 Comprehension instruction : explicit and multifaceted 46
6 Many ways of knowing 58
Pt. 2 Crafting environments that foster comprehension
7 An environment for thoughtful literacy 66
8 The intimate classroom : establishing an emotional environment that encourages thoughtful literacy learning 76
9 The Compehension Classroom 85
10 Check it out 92
11 Helping parents help us : promoting comprehension through parent involvement 97
Pt. 3 Comprehending strategically : questioning, inferring, summarizing
12 Guiding comprehension through questioning and coaching 108
13 The ease of questioning 117
14 Partner think alouds 125
15 Read it again, differently 130
16 Inference : a partnership with the author 138
Pt. 4 Getting at language : words, writing, and reading like a writer
17 Comprehending at the word level 150
18 Building a robust vocabulary 161
19 Alphaboxes and the two-word strategy...not just for little kids 174
20 Language banks, imagery and poetry : reading from a writer's point of view 185
21 Strategies authors use to aid comprehension 194
22 Interactive paragraphs 209
23 Text to tunes : extending understanding by writing songs 217
Pt. 5 Comprehension instruction : read alouds, guided reading and independent reading
24 Building comprehension through read alouds with picture books 226
25 Listening is comprehension too! 236
26 Making connections : building companion collections for guided reading 243
27 Comprehending nonfiction : using guided reading to deepen understanding 264
28 Guided reading : more than just decoding and retelling 275
29 From doubt to celebration : strategy instruction in independent reading 283
30 Reading partnerships : grasping deeper layers of meaning 291
Pt. 6 Tackling texts (and tests) across the curriculum
31 The power of rereading informational texts 308
32 A recipe for success : comprehension strategies across the curriculum 341
33 A teachable moment for a teacher : nonfiction for emergent readers 320
34 Science notebooks : developing understanding and strategies 326
35 I see what you mean : using iMovie in the reading workshop 333
36 Paint pots of poetry : deepening comprehension through cooperative poetry discussion 340
37 Math + literature = comprehension and concepts! 347
38 Is Pluto a planet? : how inquiry curriculum supports comprehension 356
39 Comprehending standardized tests 363
40 Puzzled about comprehension and standardized testing? 374
Pt. 7 Understanding comprehension and the emergent reader
41 Comprehension and the emergent reader 386
42 Comprehending the cereal box 397
43 Making thinking come alive in the early childhood classroom 406
44 "You are my sunshine" is not about the sun! : teaching comprehension to young children through song lyrics 414
45 Read alouds and retells : building early text comprehension 425
46 Searching for a comprehension game-plan? just follow the Yellow Brick Road! 434
Pt. 8 Supporting comprehension for English language learners
47 Frontloading for ELL's : building concepts and vocabulary before reading 444
48 Preview, view, review : giving multilingual learners access to the curriculum 453
49 Three for the road : strategies for success with bilingual learners! 460
50 Scaffolding and contextualizing : reading for real with English learners 470
51 Expanding the World Though Read Alouds : Unlocking Comprehension for English language learners 479
Pt. 9 Considering instruction that works
52 A veteran teacher reflects on comprehension 490
53 Aligning strategy instruction across classrooms : the middle school high five 499
54 "Can I tell you a secret?" : lessons from a resistant middle school reader 511
55 Finding our way through diverse perspectives : comprehending points of view and language 520
56 Boys will be boys 527
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