Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, Jan 1, 1997 - Education - 255 pages
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Mosaic of Thought proposes a new instructional paradigm focused on in-depth instruction in the strategies used by proficient readers. The authors take us beyond the traditional classroom into literature-based, workshop-oriented classrooms. Through vivid portraits of these remarkable environments, we see how instruction looks in dynamic, literature-rich reader's workshops. As the students connect their reading to their background knowledge, create sensory images, ask questions, draw inferences, determine what's important, synthesize ideas, and solve problems, they are able to construct a rich mosaic of meaning.

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

Gave a lot of really good strategies for teaching reading and made it applicable to the secondary classroom. Made me think about my own practices as a reader and how to help my students grow. Read full review

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User Review  - Sharon Sleva - Goodreads

A must read for teaching reading comprehension. Read full review

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What Lies Beneath
Connecting the Known to the New
Determining Importance

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About the author (1997)

SUSAN ZIMMERMANN cofounded and served as the executive director of the Public Education & Business Coalition. During her ten years there, she initiated numerous programs to improve the quality of public schools, including the Reading Project, which has been implemented in more than thirty Colorado schools and is the source of the classroom examples presented in Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop. Mosaic of Thought (co-authored with Ellin Oliver Keene) has been a celebrated Heinemann title since 1997. She is also the author of Writing to Heal the Soul (Three Rivers Press, 2002), Grief Dancers (Nemo Press, 1996), and the upcoming 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It (Susan ZimmermannChryse Hutchins, Prima Publishing, June 2003). Susan provides workshops throughout the country on the comprehension strategies. For more information on Susan Zimmermann visit her Web site at

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