I Don't Get It: Helping Students Understand What They Read

I Don't Get It: Helping Students Understand What They Read

by Judy Tilton Brunner


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Literacy continues to be a hot topic for educators and parents. I Don't Get It! Helping Students Understand What They Read is a practical, easy-to-use resource for classroom teachers and literacy coaches. Parents will also find the information helpful as they assist their children with homework and support for reading comprehension. This book will help to improve student literacy by offering a variety of strategies designed to help students think as they read printed text. All have been carefully considered for ease of use, utility in terms of differentiation, and simplicity of format. The author evaluates each strategy according to Bloom's Taxonomy and provides suggestions for adaptation through the use of technology. Providing practical, effective and research-based strategies designed to help students read, understand, and remember challenging material, the book can be read cover to cover, 'on the run,' or as a resource in response to a specific, expressed need by teaching staff.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610480031
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 01/16/2011
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Judy Tilton Brunner serves as clinical faculty at Missouri State University in the Department of Reading, Foundations, and Technology. She is a regular presenter at national and state conferences on the topics of reading, differentiated instruction, classroom management, school safety, and the prevention of bullying behaviors.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

About this Book xiii

Chapter 1 Vocabulary Strategies 1

Cluster Connection 2

Concept of Definition Mapping 3

Contextual Redefinition 4

Exclusion Brainstorming 6

Focused Cloze 8

Four Square 9

It's All in the Cards 11

Knowledge Rating Scale 12

List, Group, Label 14

Magnet Words 15

Play Ball! 17

Possible Sentences 18

Predicting Words 20

Predictions, Definitions, and Connections 21

Text, Organize, Anchor, Say, and Test 23

Traveling to a Different Beat 24

Vocabulary Chart 26

Vocabulary Self-Collection 27

What's in a Name? 29

Word O 30

Word Puzzle 31

Word Questioning 32

Word Sorts 34

Word Storm 35

Word Web 37

Words for the Day 38

Chapter 2 Comprehension Strategies 41

Agree or Disagree 42

Arguments on a Card 44

Asked and Answered 46

Attribute Web 47

Author's Chair 49

Character Quotes 50

Conversational Discussion Groups 52

Cornell Note-Taking 54

Directed Reading Thinking Activity 56

Focused Free Writes 57

Gallery Tour 59

Group Mapping 61

Instructional Cloze 62

Know, Want, and Learn 64

Knowledge Chart 65

Literature Circles 67

Music to My Ears 69

Plus, Minus, Interesting 70

Point Counterpoint 72

Prereading Plan 73

Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Recite, and Review 75

Question, Reduce, Read, and Review 76

Questioning the Author 77

Questioning Cue Card 79

Reciprocal Teaching 81

ReQuest Procedure 82

Save the Last Word for Me 85

Sketch to Stretch 86

Story Impressions 88

Text Structure 89

That Was Then... This Is Now 91

Think, Predict, Read, and Connect 92

Toss Up 94

Unsent Letters 95

Chapter 3 Helping Students Help Themselves 97

References 103

About the Author 107

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