Teaching Skills for Complex Text: Deepening Close Reading in the Classroom

Teaching Skills for Complex Text: Deepening Close Reading in the Classroom

by MESMER

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Teaching Skills for Complex Text: Deepening Close Reading in the Classroom by MESMER

Tired of hearing about "complex text"? Bothered by the pushy messages about "challenge"? This book is for you! Unlike the many other materials on text complexity, this one focuses on specific, comprehension skills that students need in order to really engage with text. This book will help elementary school teachers equip their students with practical tools and understandings of the structures and conventions that allow them to excel, including concrete tools, passages, games, lessons, and examples to teach anaphora, connectives, paragraph structure, gathering evidence (fiction and nonfiction), and text challenge. A final chapter specifies how to stretch students in texts while attending to their stamina, executive skills, and interests.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807758144
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 12/23/2016
Series: Common Core State Standards in Literacy Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,207,558
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael C. McKenna ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Paradigm of Text Challenge 1

Close Reading 2

Chapter Overviews 3

1 Untangling Anaphora: Replacing Words 5

Important Background 5

Lesson Focus and Goal 8

Activities 9

Teaching Pronominal Anaphora 9

Keep a Chart: What Makes Replacements Hard? 12

Teaching Substitution Replacements (When the Replacing Words Are Not Pronouns) 12

Substitution Charades 15

Anaphora Mad Libs 15

Summary 16

Figure 1.1 Types of Anaphoric Relationships 16

Figure 1.2 Pronominal Practice Texts 16

Figure 1.3 Substitution Texts 18

Figure 1.4 Anaphora Mad Libs 23

2 Connectives in Sentences 24

Important Background 24

Lesson Focus and Goal 28

Activities 28

Introducing Connectives: Three Steps 29

Cloze or Fill-in-the-Connective Activities 30

Connectives Bookmark 31

Connectives Hunt 31

Sentence-Combining and Linking 32

Steps for Teaching Cued Sentence Combinations and Linkages 33

Steps for Teaching Open or Uncued Connectives 34

Roll-a-Connective Game 36

Summary 37

Figure 2.1 Types of Connectives 38

Figure 2.2 Connectives Cloze Activities 39

Figure 2.3 Connectives Bookmark 41

Figure 2.4 Connectives Hunt! 42

Figure 2.5 Sentences for Combining 42

Figure 2.6 Roll-a-Connective Game 44

3 Understanding Paragraphs: The First Step for Main Idea and Summarizing 48

Important Background 48

Lesson Focus and Goal 52

Activities 53

Topic Sentences 53

Finding the Main Idea of a Paragraph 55

Text Structures and Paragraph Purposes 56

Pulling It All Together: Understanding Paragraphs Checklist 58

Summary 58

Figure 3.1 Level of Cohesion in Three Informational Texts 59

Figure 3.2 Five Expository Text Structures and Their Associated Signal Words 59

Figure 3.3 Stating and Expanding 61

Figure 3.4 Topic Sentence Activities and Games 62

Figure 3.5 Topic Sentence Hunt-What We Noticed 64

Figure 3.6 Topic Sentence Hunt 65

Figure 3.7 Hub and Spokes: Finding the Main Idea of a Paragraph When No Topic Sentence Exists 65

Figure 3.8 Selective Paraphrasing 67

Figure 3.9 Sentence Scramble 70

Figure 3.10 Topics and Purposes of Paragraphs 75

Figure 3.11 Sample Paragraphs for Each of the Five Purposes 76

Figure 3.12 Using Signal Words Example Problem 78

Figure 3.13 Authentic Text with Multiple Purposes 79

Figure 3.14 Understanding Paragraphs Checklist 80

4 Gathering Evidence from Literary Text 81

Important Background 81

Lesson Focus and Goal 83

Activities 84

Activities Section I: Building Capacity for Gathering Evidence from Literature 84

Activities Section II: Strategies to Support Note-Taking for Gathering Evidence in Literature 89

Summary 94

Figure 4.1 Question/Answer Relationships-QARs 94

Figure 4.2 Bookmark for Student-Generated Questions 95

Figure 4.3 Directed Reading Thinking Activity (DRTA) Cycle 96

Figure 4.4 DRTA Model, Guided Practice, and Independent Practice 96

Figure 4.5 Passages for Teaching Look Backs 98

Figure 4.6 Word Choice in Poetry Lesson 100

Figure 4.7 Episodic Story Map 103

Figure 4.8 Flashback Story Map 103

Figure 4.9 Parallel Story Map 104

Figure 4.10 Structured Story Map 105

Figure 4.11 Coding for Characterization 106

Figure 4.12 Character Traits Table 106

Figure 4.13 Coding Example 107

5 Gathering Evidence from Informational Text 108

Important Background 108

Lesson Focus and Goal 111

Activities 112

Text Features 112

Note-Taking 115

Question Generation 118

Summary 122

Figure 5.1 Schemata, Assimilation, and Accommodation 123

Figure 5.2 Types of Graphics 123

Figure 5.3 Extended Anticipation Guide 125

Figure 5.4 Sample Outline 126

Figure 5.5 Write a Heading 128

Figure 5.6 Sample Pattern Guides 129

Figure 5.7 Text Features Preview 130

Figure 5.8 Annotation Bookmark 130

Figure 5.9 Annotation Text Sample 131

Figure 5.10 Facts to Questions 132

Figure 5.11 QtA Sample 133

6 Stretching Students in Text 134

Important Background 134

Lesson Focus and Goal 137

Activities 138

Text Sets 138

Rereading 140

Stretch Text Selection Checklist 142

Building Capacity for Difficult Materials by Developing Reading Stamina 142

Summary 146

Figure 6.1 The Text Levels and Grade Bands from the Common Core Curriculum 147

Figure 6.2 Standards for Matching Readers to Text and Factors That Affect Stretch 147

Figure 6.3 Sample Complementary Text Set 148

Figure 6.4 Christopher Columbus: A Sample of a Disruptive Text Set 148

Figure 6.5 Stretch Text Selection Checklist 149

Figure 6.6 Reading Stamina Boosters Organized by Executive Function Skill 150

References 151

Index 155

About the Author 163

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