Strategies That Work

Strategies That Work : Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement

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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 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 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 instruction

Through 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!
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Product details

  • 5+
  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 203.2 x 254.76 x 21.34mm | 857.29g
  • York, Maine, United States
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • b&w line drawings, figures, b&w photographs
  • 157110481X
  • 9781571104816
  • 9,678

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

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.
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