Reading with Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades

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Stenhouse Publishers, 2002 - Education - 193 pages
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If you have ever wondered how to teach comprehension strategies to primary-age children, read on.

First, imagine a primary-grade classroom where all the children are engaged and motivated; where the buzz of excited, emerging readers fills the air; where simultaneously words are sounded out and connections are made between the books of their choice and the experiences of their lives. Then, open these pages.

Welcome to Debbie Miller's real classroom where real students are learning to love to read, to write, and are together creating a collaborative and caring environment. In this book, Debbie focuses on how best to teach children strategies for comprehending text. She leads the reader through the course of a year showing how her students learn to become thoughtful, independent, and strategic readers. Through explicit instruction, modeling, classroom discussion, and, most important, by gradually releasing responsibility to her students, Debbie provides a model for creating a climate and culture of thinking and learning.

Here you will learn:

  • techniques for modeling thinking;
  • specific examples of modeled strategy lessons for inferring, asking questions, making connections, determining importance in text, creating mental images, and synthesizing information;
  • how to help children make their thinking visible through oral, written, artistic, and dramatic responses to literature;
  • how to successfully develop book clubs as a way for children to share their thinking.

Reading with Meaning shows you how to bring your imagined classroom to life. You will emerge with new tools for teaching comprehension strategies and a firm appreciation that a rigorous classroom can also be nurturing and joyful.


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In Appreciation
It Doesnt Get Better Than This
1 Guiding Principles
2 In September
Real Reading from the Start
4 Settling In
7 Digging Deeper
8 Inferring
9 Asking Questions
10 Determining Importance in Nonfiction
11 Synthesizing Information
In June

5 Schema
6 Creating Mental Images

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About the author (2002)

DEBBIE S. MILLER has written many acclaimed children's books, including "The Great Serum Race "which was a NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Recommended book and was a CBiNCSS "Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People,""" She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.
JON VAN ZYLE is a noted children's book illustrator and the official artist of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. He has twice participated in the run and was recently inducted into the Iditarod Hall of Fame. Jon lives with his wife, Jona, and their Siberian huskies in Eagle River, Alaska. This is the eighth book Jon and Debbie Miller have collaborated

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