What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making

Overview

Drawing on their own lives as readers and writers and years of experience working in classrooms as coaches, staff developers, and consultants, Dorothy Barnhouse and Vicki Vinton offer practical tips for meeting today's rigorous standards while reminding us of the deeper, enduring purposes and process of reading.

In What Readers Really Do, you'll peer into the minds and hearts of readers to notice the often invisible thinking work that goes into making meaning of texts-from ...

See more details below
Paperback
$25.34
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$30.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $17.21   
  • New (8) from $20.35   
  • Used (6) from $17.21   
Sending request ...

Overview

Drawing on their own lives as readers and writers and years of experience working in classrooms as coaches, staff developers, and consultants, Dorothy Barnhouse and Vicki Vinton offer practical tips for meeting today's rigorous standards while reminding us of the deeper, enduring purposes and process of reading.

In What Readers Really Do, you'll peer into the minds and hearts of readers to notice the often invisible thinking work that goes into making meaning of texts-from comprehending where a scene is taking place to constructing thematic interpretations. And you'll look into the authors' own teaching minds and hearts as they unpack the moves and decisions they make to design and implement instruction that allows every student to make significant and personally relevant meaning of texts. Along the way, you'll learn how to:

  • notice and name what students are doing as readers to build their identity and agency
  • move beyond simple strategy instruction to step students into more complex texts
  • show students how readers draft and revise as they read to promote engagement, self-monitoring, and deeper comprehension.

Filled with student voices and classroom examples including read-alouds, small groups, and conferences, What Readers Really Do will challenge, inspire, and empower you to become the insightful, independent teacher your students need you to be. And it will remind both you and your students why and how we really read.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325030739
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 188,946
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy Barnhouse is the coauthor of the Heinemann title What Readers Really Do. She has built her professional life around her love of reading and writing. A freelance editor and writer for many years, she began teaching through a fellowship at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She is currently a literacy consultant working in elementary, middle, and high schools in New York City and across the country. Dorothy also teaches graduate and undergraduate writing workshops and has received several grants for her writing, including one from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Dorothy Barnhouse directly about professional development support.

Vicki Vinton is a literacy consultant and writer who has worked in the New York City public schools and in districts around the country for over fifteen years. With her fellow literacy consultant Dorothy Barnhouse, she is the author of What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making (Heinemann, 2012), which has been called "the best book...about reading in the age of the Common Core" (Kim Yaris of Literacy Builders) and a book that helps "think through the Common Core talk about close reading and text complexity" (Franki Sibberson of the National Council of Teachers of English). Her other books include The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language (Heinemann, 2005), co-authored with Mary Ehrenworth of the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, and the novel The Jungle Law (MacAdam/Cage, 2005). She is also the voice behind literacy blog To Make a Prairie (http://tomakeaprairie.wordpress.com), where she regularly shares resources, new ideas and work she has done in schools around the country.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Section I Framing the Process

Introduction: Making Our Foundations and Purposes Visible 1

Effective Teaching: Stepping into and Out of Our Own Heads 2

Our Paths to Becoming Teachers of Reading 4

How to Use this Book 7

Three Philosophical Underpinnings of this Book 10

Helping Student Readers Achieve Agency and Independence 13

Chapter 1 Stalking the Invisible: What Listening to Students Tells Us About Reading Instruction 15

Looking at the Limits of Current Practice 17

Moving Beyond Engagement to Deeper Thinking About a Text 18

Envisioning Instruction That Creates Ability Through Effort 21

Reframing Strategies as Tools, Not Products 24

Drawing on What we do as Readers to Make Our Instruction More Explicit 26

Considering the Instructional Implications 29

Chapter 2 What We Mean by Meaning Making: Noticing and Naming What We Do as Readers 32

Connecting with Ourselves as Readers: An Interactive Experience 33

What Readers Expect from Texts 35

What Readers do to Make Meaning 36

The Role of Talk in Meaning Making: A Process of Drafting and Revising 37

Contemplating What Our Minds and Hearts Were Opened To 39

What Readers Know About How Texts Work 40

Naming the Strands of Thinking Involved in Reading: Comprehension, Understanding, and Evaluation 42

The Benefits of Being True to Our Own Experiences as Readers 44

Section 2 Stepping Into Classrooms

Chapter 3 How Readers Draft and Revise Their Way from Confusion to Clarity 51

What we do as Readers 53

What this Sounds Like in Classrooms 57

What we do as Teachers 63

Making Every Student's Thinking Visible 68

Chapter 4 How Readers Infer the Significance of Details 76

What We Do as Readers 78

What This Sounds Like in Classrooms 83

What We Do as Teachers 89

Making Every Student's Thinking Visible 96

Chapter 5 How Readers Look Closely at Patterns to Draft Understandings 106

What We Do as Readers 109

What This Sounds Like in Classrooms 117

What We Do as Teachers 129

Making Every Student's Thinking Visible 135

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)