Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement

Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement


By (author) Stephanie Harvey, By (author) Anne Goudvis

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  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 251mm x 23mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: York, Maine
  • ISBN 10: 157110481X
  • ISBN 13: 9781571104816
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: b&w line drawings, figures, b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 2,973

Product 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. This revised and expanded edition contains 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 cross-curriculum literacy which describes how to apply comprehension strategies flexibly across the curriculum. The new edition is organised around four sections: Part I defines comprehension and how to teach it, including the principles that guide practice, a review of recent research and assessment, describes ways to engage students in purposeful talk through interactive reading aloud, guided discussion and written response; and, Part II contains lessons and practices for teaching comprehension including how to emphasise the importance of teaching students to monitor their understanding before focusing on specific strategies; monitoring to provide a sound basis for launching comprehension instruction; outlines of learning goals and ways to assess students' thinking; sharing examples of student work, and suggestions for differentiating instruction.Part III, Comprehension Across the Curriculum - Comprehension strategies are essential for reading across the curriculum, where information can be challenging, and presented in unfamiliar formats. Includes chapters on social studies and science reading, topic study research, textbook reading; and, Part IV shows that young people need books they can sink their teeth into and the appendix recommends a rich diet of fiction and non-fiction, short stories, kid's magazines, websites and journals that will assist teachers as they plan and design comprehension instruction. Teachers will find this a current and essential resource. When using these strategies, pupils will enjoy a more complete, thoughtful reading experience. The goal is to engage readers - and when young people are engaged in their reading their understanding is enhanced, they acquire knowledge, and learn from and remember what they read. And best yet, they will want to read more!

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Author information

Anne Goudvis has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and adjunct professor of reading and social studies. For the past ten years, she has worked at the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition as a staff developer and co-director of the Library Power project, a national initiative to improve teaching and learning in libraries and classrooms.Stephanie Harvey has spent the past thirty years teaching and learning about reading and writing. She received her B.A. from the University of Denver and her M.A. from the University of Colorado. Additionally, Stephanie serves as a consultant to National Geographic School Publishing on the Reading and Writing Workshops, an intermediate-grade comprehension resource for information literacy.

Review quote

""Strategies That Work" is a 'must-read' for beginning or veteran teachers, pre-service teachers, reading specialists, administrators, and parents." - "Education Review"

Table of contents

List of Strategy Lessons; Foreword by Donald Graves; Acknowledgments; Introduction to the Second Edition; Part I: 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; Part II: 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; Part III: 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; Part IV: Resources That Support Strategy Instruction; Appendixes 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 & Adult Resources; Index