Strategies that Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding

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Stenhouse Publishers, Jan 1, 2000 - Education - 314 pages
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Teaches techniques designed to improve reading skills, covering how children can learn by making connections, asking questions, visualization, inferring answers, extracting ideas, and synthesizing information.

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Review: Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding

User Review  - Shane - Goodreads

A great book about teaching reading for teachers of any level of experience. Easy to reference comprehension strategies and a wonderful organized collection of texts make this a book I am sure I will be looking back at for years to come. Read full review

Review: Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

Simply put - my bible for teaching reading. I read edition one years ago and it changed the whole way I teach. The new edition is excellent. Every teacher should read this book. Read full review

Contents

Parti The foundation of Meaning
1
Determining Importance
8
Making Connections
10
Strategy Lessons and Mare
63
Making Connections Between Snippets and Real Life
70
Questioning
80
Gaining Information Through Questioning
86
Using Question Webs to Expand Thinking
92
Becoming Familiar with the Characteristics of Nonfiction
125
Finding Important Information Rather Than Just One Main Idea
131
Reading Opposing Perspectives to Form an Opinion
137
Retelling to Synthesize Information
146
Synthesizing to Access Content
159
Resources That Support Strategy Instruction
195
Appendix B Great Books forTeaching Content in History Social Studies
207
Adult Text Sets
253

Visualizing from a Vivid Piece of Text
100
Inferring from the Cover and Illustrations as Well as the Text
106
Inferring and Questioning to Understand Historical Concepts
114
Appendix a Assessment Interview with Fourth Graders
291
Index
315
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About the author (2000)

Stephanie Harvey has spent her career teaching and learning about reading and writing. An elementary and special ed teacher for fifteen years, she now works as a staff developer and educational consultant. Insatiably curious about student thinking, she is a teacher first and foremost and continues to work in schools on a regular basis savoring any time spent with kids. The coauthor of the Heinemann titles Comprehension Going Forward and Comprehension & Collaboration as well as the author of Nonfiction Matters and Strategies That Work, the latter coauthored by Anne Goudvis, Stephanie works with educators, schools and districts to implement progressive literacy practices. She has created a number of video series that showcase thoughtful literacy practice. Her most classroom materials with firstHand include The Comprehension Toolkit, the Primary Comprehension Toolkit, and Comprehension Interventions. Created along with Anne Goudvis, they form an intensive resource for comprehension instruction and active literacy across the day and throughout the year. Listen to an interview with Stephanie Harvey on Education Talk Radio - 2/29/2012 (30:35)

Anne Goudvis is the coauthor the Heinemann title Comprehension Going Forward and of Strategies that Work (with Stephanie Harvey). She and Steph also created best-selling classroom materials through firstHand: The Comprehension Toolkit; The Primary Comprehension Toolkit; and Comprehension Interventions. Anne has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and university instructor. For the past fifteen years she has worked as a staff developer with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition and currently does staff development in schools around the country. Recent interests include working in schools with culturally and linguistically diverse students and integrating reading comprehension instruction with content area topics in social studies and science.

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