Fifty Active Learning Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension

Fifty Active Learning Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension

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As a supplement for elementary reading methods courses.This text incorporates the strongest and most current research available to help teachers actively involve their students in the reading comprehension process. Teachers receive expert guidance in a step-by-step format that clearly states and fully illustrates each of the 50 strategies. It delivers "must have" information that enables teachers to assess their students' current strategies. Teachers can easily access appropriate strategies for specific teaching objectives due to the way the text is organized in six sections, which address five comprehension processes and assessment.show more

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  • Spiral bound | 285 pages
  • 218.44 x 269.24 x 5.08mm | 635.03g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130184381
  • 9780130184382

Table of contents

I. WORD AND SENTENCE LEVEL COMPREHENSION. 1. Collecting Words: Learning the Nuances of Word Meanings. 2. Structural Analysis: Focusing on Meanings of Word Parts. 3. Word Mapping: Exploring Word Meanings and Applications. 4. Word Origin Studies: Linking Word Histories and Roots to Word Comprehension. 5. Vocabulary Role Play: Building Vocabulary through Physical Experiences. 6. Vocabulary Processing: Multiple Strategies Approach. 7. Microselection: Introducing the Concepts of Keywords and Main Ideas. 8. Chunking for Fluency: Comprehension at the Sentence Level. II. PARAGRAPH LEVEL COMPREHENSION. 9. Anaphoric Relations: Word Substitutions. 10. Connectives: Focusing on Words that Support Cohesion, and Inference. 11. Text Charting: Exploring the Connections among Sentences. 12. Inferences: Filling in the Missing Pieces. 13. Read, Pair, Share: Working with a Partner to Answer Questions. 14. Cooperative Scripts: Working in Pairs to Improve Comprehension and Recall. 15. GIST (Generating Interaction Between Schema and Text): Making Comprehension Connections. III. INTEGRATING BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE. 16. Coming Attractions: Prereading Strategies to Activate and Build Prior Knowledge. 17. Predicting: Using Past Experiences to Support Comprehension. 18. Double-Entry Journals: Connecting Experiences to Text. 19. Read/Think Aloud: Emphasizing Connections and Thought Processes. 20. Series Book Studies: Building Background Knowledge through Familiar Story Elements. 21. Intertextual Studies: Comparing the Elements of Story to Build Comprehension. 22. Venn Diagrams: Making Text More Comprehensible through Comparing and Contrasting. 23. Critical Reading: Analyzing Texts through Higher-Level Thinking Activities. 24. Imagination, Images, and Interaction: Creating and Describing Mental Pictures. IV. HOLISTIC COMPREHENSION. 25. KWL Charts: Supporting Comprehension into, through, and beyond Reading. 26. Data Charts: Organizing Information to Aid Comprehension and Recall. 27. Drama Centers: Building Comprehension through Active Processing. 28. Story Retelling Boxes: Using Props to Reenact Stories. 29. Script Writing: Investigating and Analyzing Text. 30. Readers Theatre: The Use of Active Reading Processes to Enhance Reading Comprehension. 31. Story Structure Studies: Recognizing and Building on Narrative Story Elements. 32. Text Mapping: A Travelers' Guide to Comprehension. 33. Summarization: Identifying the Main Idea and Supporting Details. 34. NIPS: An Interactive Support Strategy for Comprehending "Tough" Text. V. SELF-MONITORING STRATEGIES. 35. Cross-Checking: Self-Monitoring at the Sentence Level. 36. Periodic Paraphrasing: Monitoring Your Own Understanding. 37. Self-Monitoring through Imaging and Interacting: Demonstrating Understanding. 38. Note Taking: Identifying and Monitoring Understanding of Important Information. 39. Reciprocal Teaching: A Cooperative Approach to Comprehension Monitoring. 40. Fix-up Strategies: Knowing What to Do When Reading Doesn't Make Sense. 41. SQ4R: An Approach to Studying for Comprehension and Memory. VI. ASSESSMENT TO INFORM INSTRUCTION. 42. Literacy Observation Checklists: Observing and Conferencing to Document and Set Goals. 43. Vocabulary Rating: Assessing Word Understanding and Use. 44. Retelling for Assessment: Using Free Recall to Determine Depth of Understanding. 45. Comprehension Style Assessment: How Does the Reader Construct Meaning? 46. Cloze Assessment: Evaluating the Use of Comprehension Processes. 47. Think-Aloud: Assessing Comprehension Strategy Use. 48. Process Questions: Identifying Metacognitive Strategies. 49. Question-Answer Relationships: Identifying Question Types and Locating Answers. 50. Element Interviews: Engaging Students in Interactions Centered on Story Elements.show more

About Adrienne L. Herrell

Adrienne Herrell is a professor of reading/language arts at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches classes in early literacy, assessment, and strategies for teaching English language learners. Fifty Active Learning Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension is Dr. Herrell's fourth book for Merrill/Prentice Hall. Her previous books include Camcorder in the Classroom with Joel Fowler, Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, and Reflective Planning, Teaching, and Evaluation: K-12, Third Edition, with Judy Eby and Jim Hicks. Dr. Herrell's writing and research are built on her experiences teaching in Florida's public schools for twenty-three years. She and Dr. Jordan (co-author) are currently engaged in research in Fresno's public schools validating the effectiveness of the strategies described in this text. Michael Jordan is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Technology and Coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program (Elementary Credential) at California State University, Fresno. He has taught primary grades through high school in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and California. Dr: Jordan is an actor, education director, and board member of Theatre Three Repertory Company in Fresno, California, and is dedicated to providing children and youth access to live theatre. He and Dr. Herrell incorporate many dramatic reenactment strategies in their joint research working with vocabulary and comprehension development in children learning English in the public schools of Fresno. Fifty Active Learning Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension is Dr. Jordan's first book, and he has published several articles on interactive script writing and vocabulary development to enhance reading comprehension for children.show more