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Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives: Comprehending, Analyzing and Discussing Text [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Fisher , Nancy Frey
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Prompt students to become the sophisticated readers, writers, and thinkers they need to be to achieve higher learning. The authors explore the important relationship between text, learner, and learning. With an array of methods and assignments to establish critical literacy in a discussion-based and reflective classroom, you’ll encourage students to find meaning and cultivate thinking from even the most challenging expository texts.


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With discussion magnifying and confirming readers critical engagement with texts, Fisher, Frey, and Lapp s Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives moves our field forward to the next level where the impact and influence of the Common Core State Standards challenge teachers and students to interact with texts in deeper, more complex ways. Drawing upon text-focused conversations that extend critical thinking and communication, Fisher, Frey, and Lapp deliver new expectations for instruction and learning through three key avenues: theoretical background for professional growth, classroom examples for those inside instruction viewpoints, and practical models and routines for smooth implementation. Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives is a handbook for teaching and learning in the 21st century. --Kathy Headley, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Health, Education, and Human Development, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Overall, I think this book is solid gold! For teachers looking for a resource to help them in implementing the Common Core Standards, it is exactly the right book at the right time. They will appreciate the classroom vignettes, rubrics, instructional routines, and practical ideas for deepening students response, text-based discussion, inquiry, and argumentation across narrative, expository, and new-media texts. I know of no other text that presents so many rich ideas and activities for developing critical readers who read like detectives and write like reporters. --Terrell A. Young, Professor of Literacy Education, Washington State University, Richland, WA

About the Author

Douglas Fisher, PhD, is professor of language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High and Middle College. He teaches preservice courses in literacy and English language learners, graduate courses in reading instruction and intervention, and doctoral courses in policy, research, and literacy. As a classroom teacher, Dr. Fisher focuses on English language arts instruction. He was director of professional development for the City Heights Educational Collaborative and also taught English at Hoover High School.

Dr. Fisher received an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award for his work on literacy leadership. For his work as codirector of the City Heights Professional Development Schools, Dr. Fisher received the Christa McAuliffe award. He was corecipient of the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English for the article, Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and the Internet in an Urban High School, published in The English Journal.

Dr. Fisher has written numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design. His books include Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms, Creating Literacy-Rich Schools for Adolescents, Checking for Understanding, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, and Content-Area Conversations.

Nancy Frey, PhD, is a professor of literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. Through the university s teacher-credentialing and reading specialist programs, she teaches courses on elementary and secondary reading instruction and literacy in content areas, classroom management, and supporting students with diverse learning needs. Dr. Frey also teaches classes at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego. She is a board member of the California Reading Association and a credentialed special educator and reading specialist in California.

She is the recipient of the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference and the Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She was corecipient of the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English for the article Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and the Internet in an Urban High School.

Dr. Frey is coauthor of Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms, Checking for Understanding, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, and Content-Area Conversations. She has written articles for The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Journal, Voices in the Middle, Middle School Journal, Remedial and Special Education, and Educational Leadership.

Diane Lapp, EdD, is a distinguished professor of education at San Diego State University and an English teacher and literacy coach at Health Sciences High and Middle College (HSHMC). Previously, she taught elementary and middle school grade levels. Dr. Lapp focuses on instruction that supports learning for a diverse range of students. Her career is founded on the idea that motivation and well-planned, guided instruction must be based on a continuous assessment of strengths and needs shown by the students.

Throughout her career as an educator and education professor, Dr. Lapp has been drawn to urban schools catering to children of poverty who are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, mistreated, and uncared for because of unfamiliarity that exist between their families and their teachers. Combining her two current positions, Dr. Lapp established a high school student internship program between HSHMC and a neighborhood pre-K 6 school with a 95 percent population of English learners.


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  • File Size: 1759 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Solution Tree Press (July 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935543547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935543541
  • ASIN: B006RIFQM6
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Common Core Resource December 22, 2012
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We started the Argumentative Reading unit, and I bought "Teaching Argument Writing" by George Hillocks like a dutiful teacher, but this book was much better. It provided great phrasing for discussions, similar to the organizers my district recommended by Jim Burke, and the language frames have been awesome. I peaked at the other chapters in this book and it covers the large range that my district approved units will discuss. It does a great job of breaking down information to explain to students, it provides great frames and resources, without talking about the theories. This is not a theory book but a great resource and information book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book study exemplar March 22, 2013
By KSS
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Based on the Common Core State Standards, this book discusses close reading of text and provides instruction on how to dig deeper into to text. Perfect for a book study on text complexity. It is based ono the premise that comprehension occurs through text-based analysis and discussions. The book points out that we as a people are becoming our own editors as we can in a world filled with electronic devices. People gravitate toward information that confirms their own viewpoints, thus discussion is rarer as people have multiple options to avoid oppoising views; we can always find someone to commiserate with! "Asking questions, discussing concepts, and formulating opinions are quintessential to becoming our own editors." Check out the table of contents which contains a myriad of text-based strategies, scaffolding, and discussion on narrative, expository, and multiple media text. This book offers suggestions to improve daily instruction across the curriculum. A must read book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practitioner Researchers March 4, 2013
By MoTeach
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Anything by Fisher, Frey, Flood, or Lapp is worth a read. They are professors/researchers as well classroom teachers. They write clearly and to the point. There are enough examples and research references to hold up credibility but they are carefully selected to clearly illustrate each point. There is much ado about close reading these days. This takes text complexity and the associated comprehension piece a step deeper. I am a long time literacy educator and these are some of my first "go to" authors.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just want I needed July 16, 2013
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This is a kid/teacher friendly book that will support student growth and keep them engaged. Very excited to use it this fall.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CCSS Implementation January 2, 2013
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Great book to read when implementing the CCSS--esp. with elementary students~ Love the explicit steps outlilned.
Arrived here super-fast, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fisher, Frey, and Lapp Get It! July 24, 2013
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A great book whether you're new to these ideas or familiar with them. These authors give useful ways to incorporate principles being adapted as the Common Core Standards.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overview, not How To July 23, 2014
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As a high school English teacher facing an increasing number of students who don't read beyond the literal level, I bought this book hoping for some concrete strategies. I'm about 2/3 of the way through and the results are mixed. The authors of this book chose to write broadly enough to hit teachers of all grade levels and content areas rather than focus on one age or content group. As a result of trying to reach so many, there is a lack of depth for any one specific area; more of a broad overview approach.

I prefer books that move beyond theory and really delve into how to put these ideas into action (Socratic Circles by Matt Copeland is a prime example). Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives doesn't provide much for teachers looking to put these ideas into action. There are rubrics and templates used by teachers in the examples, but keep in mind that these are aimed at a wide range of age groups and content areas. Anything I pull from these will require serious adaptation rather than the usual tweaking.

This text does an adequate job of addressing the "What?" but rarely attempts the "How?".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource For Teachers October 25, 2013
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I am a teacher of sixth grade high-ability students and a reading specialist. I found this book to suggest several great strategies, especially relating to the Common Core. Two thumbs up for this one!
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Published 10 months ago by med
4.0 out of 5 stars good rsource
good resource to help your readers become better readers which in turn should increase standardized scores. Students like some of these ideas.
Published 10 months ago by Tanya L. Klanert
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Common Core Book Ever
This book is awesome! IT is full of so many useful and applicable ideas to use in the classroom. I have already tried several of them -- successfully. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lisa Rawlings
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great information and easy to read. Information is not all new, but great review of what is known in terms of great literacy instruction. Read more
Published 15 months ago by EHVersion
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for
This book was awful. It was very wordy, and I had a very difficult time reading it. I read about half the book when I decided that it was time to put it on my shelf and save it for... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Avid professional development book reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing
This is a wonderful book to help us envision ourselves teaching reading differently. Another winner from Doug Fischer. Thank you
Published 19 months ago by Mariphil Romanow-Cole
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