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Shades of Meaning: Comprehension and Interpretation in Middle School Paperback – March 8, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0325006642 ISBN-10: 0325006644

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (March 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325006644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325006642
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“We look in awe at masterpieces by brilliant artists, but it is rare to have the opportunity to gape at the instruction provided by great teachers. Donna Santman has given us the chance to see, to study, yes to gape, at teaching at its best.”–Lucy Calkins, Author of The Art of Teaching Writing

“Donna has, with Shades of Meaning, given us the gift of a look into her wonderful classroom and her mind as a thoughtful and highly professional teacher.”–Randy Bomer, Author of Time for Meaning and For a Better World

About the Author

Donna Santman is a middle-school literacy teacher and reading coach at Intermediate School 89 in New York City. A former staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Donna consults with schools around the country, supporting teachers in developing and implementing rigorous reading and writing workshops as well as supporting schools in thinking about literacy needs across the curriculum. She is coauthor of A Teacher's Guide to Standardized Reading Tests (Heinemann, 1998).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Madeleine Tippens on November 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Shades of Meaning is the cornerstone to our literacy framework in our middle school. Once our students are on level in their fluency, the trickiest next step is how to build their ability to infer. What Donna Santman offers is a book that thoroughly builds a student's ability to "dig deeper". In our middle school we've developed most of our curriculum around this text in the sixth grade. The chapter "Finding Gray" has been a success in our classrooms for years.

I highly recommend Shades of Meaning for any teacher who not only wants their students to be able to dig deeper into the text, but wants to create a student-centered classroom that promotes love of learning and love of inquiry. A practical, easy to navigage must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valarie Minnick on July 30, 2014
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Fantastic ideas here. I took copious notes, and have already redesigned the first units I will be teaching this fall. Very insightful, hands on information. She emphasizes the student's need to first care about reading, and that this can be encouraged by helping students to build a personal connection to what they are reading. Once young readers are comfortable with and interested in reading, we can move them towards understanding the main character's perspective and motivation, and then to consider the perspective and objectives of the author. Good readers read with open eyes and open minds. They question. They wonder. They challenge what they read.
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