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Lessons in Comprehension: Explicit Instruction in the Reading Workshop [Paperback]

by Frank Serafini
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July 1, 2004 0325006253 978-0325006253 1 8 - 13 years

Plumbing his file drawers for 64 of the most effective comprehension minilessons from his distinguished teaching career, Serafini has created a teaching treasure trove that contains nearly a year's worth of comprehension instruction plus an extensive list of children's literature that he has successfully woven into his own reading workshop. Lessons in Comprehension introduces and reinforces meaning-making concepts through eight broad thematic strands that scaffold understanding and responsibility for novice readers:

  • Inviting Children into the World of Reading and Literature
  • Exploring the Structures and Components of Literature
  • Navigating Text
  • Promoting Invested Literature Discussions
  • Developing Comprehension Practices
  • Investigating Informational Texts
  • Extending Response to Literature
  • Examining Critical Perspectives.

Within each strand, eight lessons take students deep into key comprehension strategies like visualization, journaling, and previewing texts. Tried, proven, and grounded in the latest scientific-based research, each substantial lesson offers a complete framework to take you and your students from theory through guided practice and beyond. And, unique among books on the reading workshop, each lesson also features Serafini's own classroom-honed language-the perfect model to adapt for explicit instruction in any reading classroom. These lessons fit seamlessly together and provide the instructional backbone for learners of every level and ability.

"Effective teachers teach," writes Serafini, and in effective reading workshops explicit instruction provides an important link between the written word and an emerging reader's ability to both interact with texts and understand them. Read Lessons in Comprehension, trust Serafini, and help your students learn the strategies they need to comprehend a variety of texts.


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Lessons in Comprehension: Explicit Instruction in the Reading Workshop + Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days: A Month-by-Month Guide to Effective Instruction + Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop: Making Informed Instructional Decisions in Grades 3-6
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About the Author

Frank Serafini is the author of the Heinemann title Classroom Reading Assessment. He is a leading voice on the reading workshop, whether the topic is implementation, planning, assessment, or comprehension. His passion for the workshop has helped tens of thousands of teachers find more effective and professionally satisfying teaching through Heinemann professional books such as Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days, Lessons in Comprehension, and The Reading Workshop. Frank is an associate professor of Literacy Education at Arizona State University, and he brings his ideas, experiences, and deep understanding of reading instruction to teachers around the country as a member of Heinemann Professional Development Services.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325006253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325006253
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Frank Serafini is an award winning children's author and illustrator, a landscape photographer, a devoted guitar player, and an Associate Professor of Literacy Education and Children's Literature at Arizona State University. Frank has recently been awarded the Arbuthnot Award from the International Reading Association as the 2014 Distinguished Professor of Children's Literature.

Frank has published six books with Heinemann, including: The Reading Workshop, Reading Aloud and Beyond, Lessons in Comprehension, Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days and Classroom Reading Assessments. In addition, Frank published Interactive Comprehension Strategies: Fostering Meaningful Talk About Texts with Scholastic, and Reading the Visual: An Introduction to Teaching Multimodal Literacies with Teachers College Press. Frank is currently working on a new book with Heinemann entitled: Reading Workshop 2.0: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age.

In 2008, Frank began writing and illustrating a series of non-fiction picturebooks focusing on nature with Kids Can Press. The Looking Closely series contains books about the desert, garden, pond, rainforest, shore and forest. In 2009, Looking Closely Along the Shore won an International Reading Association's Teachers' Choice Award, and Honorable Mention from the Society of School Librarians International.
Frank was an elementary school teacher and literacy specialist for twelve years in Phoenix, AZ. He received his Masters degree in Elementary Education and his Ph.D in Reading Education at Arizona State University. In 2003, he received the Distinguished New Faculty Award, and in 2007 the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2009, Frank received a Foundation Award at ASU for his Excellence in Teaching.

More information can be found at www.frankserafini.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning to a successful program March 23, 2007
Format:Paperback
This is a great book but may not be useful alone. If you are making the investment- you need to buy "Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days" because they refer to each other and work together. Serafini describes in the two books what to work with every month and ways that he does it in ...180 days. All of the lesson plans he refers to are in "Lessons in Comprehension" so they make a great pair. Although additional resources are necessary (in my opinion) this is a great starting point to setting up a successful reading workshop. He even mentions how to correlate reading workshop and writing workshop-- very helpful!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Reading Lessons! August 4, 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is great for helping plan literacy lessons. It is also a resource for learning about excellent intermediate read alouds. While I had heard of many of the books Serafini writes about, there were also many excellent ones I had not read before. Another plus of Serafini's book is that you do not need to use the books he recommends for the lessons, you can use books you already own that meet the same qualifications. Excellent resource!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Information September 26, 2008
By Tonitw
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Just what I needed to help me through my first year of Readers Workshop....and I've been teaching 14 years!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and got right down to business January 15, 2013
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I was able to use and implement what I learned from the book right away. I would recommend this book based on it's ability to apply the stratetgies addressed from the first time you open the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great June 20, 2008
By PMW
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Recieved item on time, right when we were told it would arrive. Book in very good condition.
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