Rigorous Reading

Rigorous Reading : 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts

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Bestselling authors Douglas B. Fisher and Nancy Frey show how teachers can help students develop stronger learning skills by ensuring that their literacy instruction moves from modeling and guided practice (situations where the teacher has most of the responsibility) to collaborative learning and, finally, to independent tasks. The 2-book series is based on the authors' groundbreaking ASCD book, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility (2008), but tailored to the English language arts and aligned with the ELA common core state standards.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 187 x 231 x 15.24mm | 510g
  • Corwin Press Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • illustrations (black and white, and black, white and green)
  • 1452268134
  • 9781452268132
  • 164,755

Table of contents

List of Videos
Foreword by P. David Pearson
Introduction: Your Access Point
Chapter 1. Ramping Up for Complex Texts
Reading Complex Texts: Anchor Standard 10
A New Definition of Text Complexity
Reading Closely: Anchor Standard 1
The Importance of Comprehension Strategies Instruction for Accessing Complex Texts
Accessing Complex Texts Through a Gradual Release of Responsibility
Chapter 2. Access Point One: Purpose and Modeling
Accessing Complex Text Requires Modeling
Accessing Complex Text Requires a Clear Purpose
Chapter 3. Access Point Two: Close and Scaffolded Reading Instruction
Accessing Complex Text Requires Close Reading
Accessing Complex Text Requires Scaffolded Reading Instruction
Chapter 4. Access Point Three: Collaborative Conversations
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Collaborative Conversations
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Student-to-Student Interaction
Chapter 5. Access Point Four: An Independent Reading Staircase
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Independent Reading
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Conferring
Chapter 6. Access Point Five: Demonstrating Understanding and Assessing Performance
Accessing Complex Texts Requires More Than Personal Connections
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Students to Do Something After Reading
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Formative Assessments
Professional Learning Guide
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"This is a bold book. . . . Its genius, and its unique contribution, is in bringing the balance and the centeredness to this new game in town-the Common Core." -- P. David Pearson, Professor of the Graduate School of Education "In a time when nearly every state has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), we need resources that show us how to support students in developing their full literacy potential. In this very practical and insightful book, Fisher and Frey examine how CCSS conceptions of text complexity are causing us to shift some of our ideas about reading instruction. Rigorous Reading is an important resource that will help teachers align reading instruction with the CCSS in powerful ways." -- Linda B. Gambrell, Professor "In Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Helping Students Comprehend Complex Texts, Fisher and Frey help teachers understand how to bring vigor to rigor. They teach us how to help students understand more from their complex texts -- greater understanding that will help to bring life and energy to each student's reading. Rooted in solid research, this is book is a must-read for those grappling with how to translate the recommendations and mandates around text complexity from the Common Core into instructional practices." -- Jennifer Serravallo author of Teaching Reading in Small Groups and Conferring with Readers "With Rigorous Reading Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey have provided literacy educators who are committed to successfully raising the bar with solutions that make sense. The book is masterfully developed with an extensive reach across many grade levels in terms of defining what it means to provide intentional instruction and teaching text complexity. The five access points are discussed pragmatically with evidence of a solid research base deftly woven throughout the book. This is the most practical book I have come across in terms of providing teachers with the knowledge base and assistance many are seeking to improve their instruction with regard to complex texts." -- Steven L. Layne, Ed.D., Professor of Literacy Education "One would think that the first place to look when wanting information about the Common Core State Standards would be, well, the Common Core State Standards. The fact is, though, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey are quickly becoming the go-to folks for information on teaching these standards. They've proven this again in Rigorous Reading. This is certainly a book to be added to your collection of books that attend to the demands of the CCSS." -- Kylene Beers, Ed.D.
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About Nancy E. Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has been a special education teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in public schools. Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books, including The Teacher Clarity Playbook and Rigorous Reading. Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He has served as a teacher, language development specialist, and administrator in public schools and non-profit organizations, including 8 years as the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Collaborative, a time of increased student achievement in some of San Diego's urban schools. Doug has engaged in Professional Learning Communities for several decades, building teams that design and implement systems to impact teaching and learning. He has published numerous books on teaching and learning, such as Assessment-capable Visible Learners and Engagement by Design.
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