Essential Readings on Comprehension

International Reading Assoc.

The goal of reading instruction is to help learners become active, critical readers with skills and dispositions to understand a range of text types. Here, in one convenient collection, you’ll find outstanding articles grounded in research and full of instructional suggestions to help you meet this goal.

Compiled and introduced by noted experts Diane Lapp and Douglas Fisher, the book opens with their overview of comprehension research. The 15 articles included in the collection, written by leaders in comprehension research and practice and drawn from IRA journals, are grouped to address these questions:

  • How important is background knowledge?
  • What cognitive strategies do readers use to support their comprehension?
  • What instructional routines can teachers use to support comprehension instruction?
  • What might the future hold for comprehension instruction?

Each article is supplemented with Questions for Reflection, and recommendations for additional resources—from further readings to online lesson plans to YouTube videos—are included.

This book is ideal for use in teacher education or for group or individual professional development. 

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Publisher
International Reading Assoc.
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Published on
May 18, 2009
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Pages
168
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ISBN
9780872078079
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / General
Language Arts & Disciplines / Reading Skills
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What it really means to "read closely."

What could Fern Arable, Jay Gatsby, and Winston Churchill possibly have in common? They all need masterful teachers to help students revel in their complexity. And Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher are just the two mentors to help you make that happen. Call it close reading, call it deep reading, call it analytic reading - call it what you like. The point is, it's a level of understanding that students of any age can achieve with the right kind of instruction. In Rigorous Reading, Nancy and Doug articulate an instructional plan so clearly, and so squarely built on research, that teachers, schools, and districts need look no further.

The 5 Access Points Toward Proficiency Purpose & Modeling:

Teachers think aloud to demonstrate critical thinking and how good readers always know why they are reading. Close & Scaffolded Reading Instruction: Teachers engage students in repeated readings and discussions, with text-dependent questions, prompts, and cues to help students delve into an author's ideas. Collaborative Conversations: Teachers orchestrate collaborative learning to get students in the habit of exercising their analytical thinking in the presence of their peers. An Independent Reading Staircase: Teachers artfully steer students to more challenging books, with strategic bursts of instruction and peer conferences to foster metacognitive awareness. Performance: Teachers offer feedback and assessments that help students demonstrate understanding of text in authentic ways and plan instruction based on student understanding.

There's more . . . Also included are illustrative classroom video clips available via QR codes along with an online Facilitator's Guide with PowerPoints--making Rigorous Reading the only resource a teacher, school, or district needs to seriously stretch students' capacity to read and comprehend text.

Join Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher as they outline a clear-cut, realistic, and rewarding approach to formative assessment. They explain how four discrete steps work in tandem to create a seamless, comprehensive formative assessment system--one that has no beginning and no end. This ongoing approach enhances an active give-and-take relationship between teachers and students to promote learning.


Where am I going?
Step 1: Feed-up ensures that students understand the purpose of an assignment, task, or lesson, including how they will be assessed.
Where am I now?
Step 2: Checking for understanding guides instruction and helps determine if students are making progress toward their goals.
How am I doing?
Step 3: Feedback provides students with valuable and constructive information about their successes and needs.
Where am I going next?
Step 4: Feed-forward builds on the feedback from step 3 and uses performance data to facilitate student achievement.

Dozens of real-life scenarios demonstrate how to apply these steps in your classroom, always focusing on the presence or absence of student learning to guide the action. By enabling teachers and students alike to see more clearly what they need to do for learning to be successful, this approach builds students' competence, confidence, and understanding.

No matter what grade level you teach, The Formative Assessment Action Plan will help you make better use of assessment data so you can more quickly adjust instruction to keep every student on the path to success.

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