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60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K-8



December 2005 | 240 pages | Corwin

Use these fun, easy-to-use activities to tackle the most challenging aspect of reading!

"Finally, someone has written a practical book filled with easy-to-read comprehension strategies. I will definitely use this book with teachers in my district to teach about and review comprehension strategies. The section on 'How Can We Learn More' is also fantastic. Thank you, Kathleen Jonson."
--Hazel Brauer, Literacy Coordinator
Jefferson Elementary School District, Daly City, CA

"This book is a comprehensive, well-organized guide to teaching reading comprehension. The clear, consistent layout of the lesson plans makes it easy for the teacher to locate and implement appropriate lessons quickly. The examples are very helpful and the templates allow a teacher to begin lessons immediately. The wide variety of lesson plans makes this guide truly useful for all grade levels."
--Myra Gamble, Reading Specialist
Spring Valley School, Millbrae, CA

Comprehension is the final goal of reading, but because it involves several cognitive processes, it remains the most difficult facet of reading development to teach. Based on the recommendations of the National Reading Panel Report, 60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K-8 provides teachers with a ready-to-use toolkit of tried-and-true learning strategies designed to actively engage students in cognitive processes, including predicting, visualizing, making inferences, monitoring, synthesizing, and summarizing. Developed as specific instructional procedures with clearly delineated steps for implementation, these entertaining activities are effective in all types of classrooms. Each of the 60 strategies in the book includes:

  • Grade-level recommendations
  • Goals for each strategy
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Graphics and examples of student work
  • Directions for modifying strategies for different grade levels

Literary expert Kathleen Feeney Jonson has created an exciting resource to help educators teach the most difficult piece of the reading process: comprehension. Offering a rare combination of fun and function, these strategies are sure to get students to listen, laugh, and most important, to learn.


 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
Strategy 1: ABC Book
 
Strategy 2: Anticipation Guide
 
Strategy 3: Bio Poem
 
Strategy 4: Book Box
 
Strategy 5: Brainstorming
 
Strategy 6: Bumper Stickers
 
Strategy 7: Central Story Problem
 
Strategy 8: Character Bag
 
Strategy 9: Character Mapping
 
Strategy 10: Creating Chapter Titles
 
Strategy 11: Crossword Puzzle
 
Strategy 12: Cubing
 
Strategy 13: Directed Reading Thinking Activity
 
Strategy 14: Double-Entry Journal
 
Strategy 15: Exclusion Brainstorming
 
Strategy 16: Fishbowl
 
Strategy 17: Found Poem
 
Strategy 18: Four-Corners Debate
 
Strategy 19: Gallery Walk
 
Strategy 20: Grand Conversation
 
Strategy 21: Guided Imagery
 
Strategy 22: Hot Seat
 
Strategy 23: Interior Monologue
 
Strategy 24: Jigsaw
 
Strategy 25: K-W-L Chart
 
Strategy 26: Learning Logs
 
Strategy 27: Life Experience
 
Strategy 28: Literacy Quilt
 
Strategy 29: Literacy Sociogram
 
Strategy 30: Literature Circles
 
Strategy 31: Mind Mapping
 
Strategy 32: Open Mind Character Analysis
 
Strategy 33: Paired Retellings
 
Strategy 34: Pick-A-Pal
 
Strategy 35: Plot Profile
 
Strategy 36: P-M-I Evaluation (Pluses-Minuses-Interesting Aspects)
 
Strategy 37: Quaker Reading
 
Strategy 38: Question-Answer Relationships
 
Strategy 39: Questioning the Author
 
Strategy 40: Quickwriting
 
Strategy 41: Readers' Theater
 
Strategy 42: Read-Pair-Share
 
Strategy 43: Reciprocal Questioning (ReQuest)
 
Strategy 44: Response Log
 
Strategy 45: Semantic Mapping
 
Strategy 46: Sketch-to-Stretch
 
Strategy 47: SQ3R (Survey-Question-Read-Recite-Review)
 
Strategy 48: Stop-and-React
 
Strategy 49: Storyboard
 
Strategy 50: Story Frame
 
Strategy 51: Story Mapping
 
Strategy 52: Story Prediction Guide
 
Strategy 53: Story Pyramid
 
Strategy 54: Summary Hand
 
Strategy 55: Tableau
 
Strategy 56: Tea Party
 
Strategy 57: Think-Aloud Protocol
 
Strategy 58: Think-of-Three
 
Strategy 59: Venn Diagram
 
Strategy 60: Yellow Stickies
 
Resource I: Strategies Recommended by Grade Level
 
Resource II: Elements Addressed Through Strategies
 
Resource III: Strategies Used Before, During, and After Reading
 
Resource IV: Meta-Strategies Addressed
 
Index

"This book is a comprehensive, well organized guide to teaching reading comprehension. The clear, consistent layout of the lesson plans makes it easy for the teacher to locate and implement appropriate lessons quickly. The examples are very helpful and the templates allow a teacher to begin lessons immediately. The wide variety of lesson plans makes this guide truly useful for all grade levels."

Myra Gamble, Reading Specialist
Spring Valley School, Millbrae, CA

"This is one of the most practical and comprehensive resources for teaching comprehension in the elementary classroom. It bridges the gap between theory and classroom practice. The 'what', 'why', 'when' and 'how' to teach is addressed in every lesson."

Mary E. Niesyn, Elementary School Teacher & Literacy Consultant
Reed School, Tiburon, CA

The practical ideas and clear explanations in this book will support our new and expierenced teachers create a strong comprehension component in their balanced literacy programs. The strategies will help students reach their highest potential in reading and writing comprehension. 60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K-8, is a gift for our teachers and students."

Kathy Rosebrock, National Board Certified Teacher, New Teacher Coordinator
Novato Unified School District, Novato, CA

"Finally, someone has written a practical book filled with easy-to-read comprehension strategies. I will definitely use this book with teachers in my district to teach about and review comprehension strategies. The section on 'How Can We Learn More' is also fantastic. Thank you, Kathleen Jonson."

Hazel Brauer, Literacy Coordinator
Jefferson Elementary School District, Daly City, CA
Key features
  • Aligned with IRA standards
  • Could serve as a test prep manual for teachers seeking certification
  • A solid addition to our growing list of literacy titles

 

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Chapter One


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