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Strategies That Work Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement

ISBN-10: 157110481X
ISBN-13: 9781571104816
Edition: 2nd 2007
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 1/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

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 instructionThrough 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!

Stephanie Harvey has spent her career teaching and learning about reading and writing. An elementary and special ed teacher for fifteen years, she now works as a staff developer and educational consultant. Insatiably curious about student thinking, she is a teacher first and foremost and continues to work in schools on a regular basis savoring any time spent with kids. The coauthor of the Heinemann titles Comprehension Going Forward and Comprehension & Collaboration as well as the author of Nonfiction Matters and Strategies That Work, the latter coauthored by Anne Goudvis, Stephanie works with educators, schools and districts to implement progressive literacy practices. She has created a number of video series that showcase thoughtful literacy practice. Her most classroom materials with firstHand include The Comprehension Toolkit, the Primary Comprehension Toolkit, and Comprehension Interventions. Created along with Anne Goudvis, they form an intensive resource for comprehension instruction and active literacy across the day and throughout the year. � Listen to an interview with Stephanie Harvey on Education Talk Radio - 2/29/2012 (30:35)

Anne Goudvis is the coauthor the Heinemann title Comprehension Going Forward and of Strategies that Work (with Stephanie Harvey). She and Steph also created best-selling classroom materials through firstHand: The Comprehension Toolkit; The Primary Comprehension Toolkit; and Comprehension Interventions. Anne has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and university instructor. For the past fifteen years she has worked as a staff developer with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition and currently does staff development in schools around the country. Recent interests include working in schools with culturally and linguistically diverse students and integrating reading comprehension instruction with content area topics in social studies and science.

List of Strategy Lessons
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Second Edition
The Foundation of Meaning
Reading Is Thinking
Reading Is Strategic
Effective Comprehension Instruction: Teaching, Tone, and Assessment
Tools for Active Literacy: The Nuts and Bolts of Comprehension Instruction
Text Matters: Choice Makes a Difference
Strategy Lessons
Monitoring Comprehension: The Inner Conversation
Activating and Connecting to Background Knowledge: A Bridge from the New to the Known
Questioning: The Strategy That Propels Readers Forward
Visualizing and Inferring: Making What's Implicit Explicit
Determining Importance in Text: The Nonfiction Connection
Summarizing and Synthesizing Information: The Evolution of Thought
Comprehension Across the Curriculum
Content Literacy: Reading for Understanding in Social Studies and Science
Topic Studies: A Framework for Research and Exploration
Reading to Understand Textbooks
The Genre of Test Reading
Afterword
Resources That Support Strategy Instruction
Great Books for Teaching Content in History, Social Studies, Science, Music, Art, and Literacy
Magazines, Newspapers, and Websites
Professional Journals for Selection of Children's Books
Assessment Interview with Fourth Graders
Anchor Charts for the Comprehension Strategies
References: Children's Books
References: Professional References and Adult Resources
Index

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