Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement / Edition 2

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Overview

Since its publication in 2000, Strategies That Work has become an indispensable resource for teachers who want to explicitly teach thinking strategies so that students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers. In this revised and expanded edition, Stephanie and Anne have added twenty completely new comprehension lessons, extending the scope of the book and exploring the central role that activating background knowledge plays in understanding. Another major addition is the inclusion of a section on content literacy which describes how to apply comprehension strategies flexibly across the curriculum. The new edition is organized around four sections:

Part I highlights what comprehension is and how to teach it, including the principles that guide practice, a review of recent research, and a new section on assessment. A new chapter, Tools for Active Literacy: The Nuts and Bolts of Comprehension Instruction, describes ways to engage students in purposeful talk through interactive read alouds, guided discussion and written response.
Part II contains lessons and practices for teaching comprehension. A new first chapter emphasizes the importance of teaching students to monitor their understanding before focusing on specific strategies. Five lessons on monitoring provide a sound basis for launching comprehension instruction. At the end of each strategy chapter, the authors outline learning goals and ways to assess students' thinking, sharing examples of student work, and offering suggestions for differentiating instruction.
Part III, Comprehension Across the Curriculum is new. Comprehension strategies are essential for content-area reading, where information can be challenging, and presented in unfamiliar formats. This section includes chapters on social studies and science reading, topic study research, textbook reading and the genre of test reading.
Part IV shows that kids need books they can sink their teeth into and the updated appendix section recommends a rich diet of fiction and nonfiction, short text, kid's magazines, websites and journals that will assist teachers as they plan and design comprehension instruction

Through its focus on instruction that is responsive to kids' interests and learning needs, the first edition of Strategies That Work helped transform comprehension instruction for teachers across the country. For them, this new edition will be a welcome extension of that work. Those coming to it for the first time will find a current and essential resource. When readers use these strategies, they enjoy a more complete, thoughtful reading experience. Engagement is the goal. When kids are engaged in their reading they enhance their understanding, acquire knowledge, and learn from and remember what they read. And best yet, they will want to read more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571104816
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/9/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 339
  • Sales rank: 32,994
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents


List of Strategy Lessons     vii
Foreword   Donald Graves     xv
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction to the Second Edition     1
The Foundation of Meaning
Reading Is Thinking     11
Reading Is Strategic     22
Effective Comprehension Instruction: Teaching, Tone, and Assessment     30
Tools for Active Literacy: The Nuts and Bolts of Comprehension Instruction     44
Text Matters: Choice Makes a Difference     60
Strategy Lessons
Monitoring Comprehension: The Inner Conversation     77
Activating and Connecting to Background Knowledge: A Bridge from the New to the Known     91
Questioning: The Strategy That Propels Readers Forward     109
Visualizing and Inferring: Making What's Implicit Explicit     130
Determining Importance in Text: The Nonfiction Connection     155
Summarizing and Synthesizing Information: The Evolution of Thought     179
Comprehension Across the Curriculum
Content Literacy: Reading for Understanding in Social Studies and Science     205
Topic Studies: A Framework for Research and Exploration     219
Reading to Understand Textbooks     233
The Genre of Test Reading     239
Afterword     253
Resources That Support Strategy Instruction
Great Books for Teaching Content in History, Social Studies, Science, Music, Art, and Literacy     257
Magazines, Newspapers, and Websites     291
Professional Journals for Selection of Children's Books     295
Assessment Interview with Fourth Graders     299
Anchor Charts for the Comprehension Strategies     305
References: Children's Books     313
References: Professional References and Adult Resources     327
Index     333
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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Should have read this before going into classroom

    Great book for educators at any level. Was able to take strategies and suggestions from the book right into my classroom.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    If you're a preservice teacher -- put this one in your collection!!

    Purchased for a reading class and will be adding to my permanent collection! A ton of "how to" here. So, if you're a teacher or teacher in training, this is one of those "great ones" to add to your resources. Comprehension -- we all could use a lesson in it!!

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    Posted May 14, 2011

    Only one issue...

    Make this available on the nook. It's available on the kindle.

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