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- Stenhouse Publishers
Do your students often struggle with difficult novels and other challenging texts? Do they think one reading of a work is more than enough? Do they primarily comprehend at a surface-level, and are they frequently unwilling or unable to discover the deeper meaning found in multi-layered works? Do you feel that you are doing more work teaching the novel than they are reading it?
Building on twenty years of teaching language arts, Kelly Gallagher, author of Reading Reasons, shows how students can be taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension. In Deeper Reading, Kelly shares effective, classroom-tested strategies that enable your students to:accept the challenge of reading difficult books;move beyond a "first draft" understanding of the text into deeper levels of reading; consciously monitor their comprehension as they read;employ effective fix-it strategies when their comprehension begins to falter;use meaningful collaboration to achieve deeper understanding of texts;think metaphorically to deepen their reading comprehension;reach deeper levels of reflection by understanding the relevance the book holds for themselves and their peers;use critical thinking skills to analyze real-world issues.
Kelly also provides guidance on effective lesson planning that incorporates strategies for deeper reading.
Funny, poignant, and packed with practical ideas that work in real classrooms, Deeper Reading is a valuable resource for any teacher whose students need new tools to uncover the riches found in complex texts.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.22(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.58(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 33rd year of teaching at the high school level.
He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.
He believes that "there is no greater pleasure than teaching someone something." Teaching is "artistic, it matters a great deal, and I can never get the job down perfectly."
Kelly thinks that professional development should treat teachers as such - professionals. "I know in the classroom that good things happen when my students have meaningful discussions. I know as a teacher myself that my craft sharpens when I am given the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with my peers. And let's have a laugh or two while we are at it."
Writing his six books for Stenhouse was a solitary experience. "Though I have written outlines prior to each of my books, I have yet to follow any of them step-by-step. That is why I find writing rewarding - because the act of writing itself generates new thinking, and new thinking is always exciting."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Gallagher's books are top notch. Deeper Reading is filled with ready to use strategies for the secondary classroom teacher. It is a difficult task to sum up everything I learned from this book in a concise way, but when forced to pare it down, I'd say the word "active" fits best. Everything that Gallagher discusses in this book, the assertions he makes, add all the strategies and examples he provides focus on what the student can DO before, during, and after reading. It was a good reminder for me: reading is active, not passive!
Every page of this book is useful. Gallagher has spent much time perfecting methods to help students succeed with difficult texts. He sees his role as that of 'expert tour guide' leading his students through challenging literature and in the process helping them to become mature, equipped, aggressive readers. Gallaghers examples are specific, clear and practical. His positive tone and thoughtfully developed philosophy, which have clearly evolved through extensive classroom experience, uplift and inspire.