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I Read It, But I Don't Get It : Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers

I Read It, But I Don't Get It : Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-1571100894

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ISBN13: 978-1571100894
ISBN10: 157110089X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Published: 2000
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I Read It, But I Don't Get It : Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-1571100894

Cris Tovani

ISBN13: 978-1571100894
ISBN10: 157110089X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

I Read It, but I Don't Get It is a practical, engaging account of how teachers can help adolescents develop new reading comprehension skills. Cris Tovani is an accomplished teacher and staff developer who writes with verve and humor about the challenges of working with students at all levels of achievement - from those who have mastered the art of "fake reading" to college-bound juniors and seniors who struggle with the different demands of content-area textbooks and novels.

Enter Cris' classroom, a place where students are continually learning new strategies for tackling difficult text. You will be taken step-by-step through practical, theory-based reading instruction that can be adapted for use in any subject area. The book features:

  • anecdotes in each chapter about real kids with real universal problems. You will identify with these adolescents and will see how these problems can be solved;
  • a thoughtful explanation of current theories of comprehension instruction and how they might be adapted for use with adolescents;
  • a What Works section in each of the last seven chapters that offers simple ideas you can immediately employ in your classroom. The suggestions can be used in a variety of content areas and grade levels (6-12);
  • teaching tips and ideas that benefit struggling readers as well as proficient and advanced readers;
  • appendixes with reproducible materials that you can use in your classroom, including coding sheets, double entry diaries, and comprehension constructors.

In a time when students need increasingly sophisticated reading skills, this book will provide support for teachers who want to incorporate comprehension instruction into their daily lesson plans without sacrificing content knowledge.

Author Bio

Tovani, Cris : University of Denver / University of Colorado at Denver

Cris Tovani taught elementary school for ten years before becoming a high school reading specialist and English teacher. A nationally known consultant, she chooses to continue teaching high school students full-time. She has also worked for many years as a staff developer for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), the consortium that has received national acclaim for its work in reading comprehension reform. In addition to teaching and consulting, she is an adjunct instructor for University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ellin Oliver Keene
Part I: Setting the Stage

1. Fake Reading
2. The Realities of Reading

Part II: In Support of Strategic Reading

3. Purposes for Reading: Access Tools
4. Conversations with Cantos: Tracking Confusion to Its Source
5. Fix It Up!
6. Connecting the New to the Known
7. What Do You Wonder?
8. Outlandish Responses: Taking Inferences Too Far
9. What's the Plan?

Part III: Access Tools

Appendix A: Double-Entry Diaries
Appendix B: Comprehension Constructors
Appendix C: Coding Sheets
Works Cited

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