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What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making Paperback – January 10, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0325030739 ISBN-10: 0325030731

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325030731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325030739
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dorothy Barnhouse is the coauthor of the Heinemann title What Readers Really Do. She has built her professional life around her love of reading and writing. A freelance editor and writer for many years, she began teaching through a fellowship at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She is currently a literacy consultant working in elementary, middle, and high schools in New York City and across the country. Dorothy also teaches graduate and undergraduate writing workshops and has received several grants for her writing, including one from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Dorothy Barnhouse directly about professional development support.

Vicki Vinton is a literacy consultant and writer who has worked in the New York City public schools and in districts around the country for over fifteen years. With her fellow literacy consultant Dorothy Barnhouse, she is the author of What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making (Heinemann, 2012), which has been called "the best book...about reading in the age of the Common Core" (Kim Yaris of Literacy Builders) and a book that helps "think through the Common Core talk about close reading and text complexity" (Franki Sibberson of the National Council of Teachers of English). Her other books include The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language (Heinemann, 2005), co-authored with Mary Ehrenworth of the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, and the novel The Jungle Law (MacAdam/Cage, 2005). She is also the voice behind literacy blog To Make a Prairie (http://tomakeaprairie.wordpress.com), where she regularly shares resources, new ideas and work she has done in schools around the country.

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This book is a very easy read and it made sense to me.
Terry Mc Neal
It is a book all teachers should read to understand what it means to truly read.
J. Morris
It was well balanced including research, theory and practical examples.
marlene belliveau

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Siino on March 26, 2013
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I never felt comfortable with the traditional ways of teaching annotation and monitoring comprehension (e.g., questions, connections, etc.). They seemed too unlike what good readers *actually* do when reading and too cumbersome. They keep students outside of the text.

This book, on the other hand, presents a strategy that encourages students to really dig into a text, to struggle with meaning making, and to monitor their comprehension in a way that feels much more authentic and seamless. There are fewer vocabulary words to teach--another thing that can get between the student and the act of meaning making. All you have to remember is "What do I know?" "What do I wonder?" "What patterns am I noticing?"

I used the strategies with my 9th graders this year, and I love the results I have gotten.

Recently I found Vicky Vinton's blog, which has even more great ideas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris on January 11, 2014
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This book will give you a great deal to think about concerning the process of reading. It is a book all teachers should read to understand what it means to truly read. It will help you explain the process to parents so that they can better support their child's reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Mc Neal on August 20, 2013
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This book is a very easy read and it made sense to me. I would recommend it to any one who is wondering what is going on in the heads of children when they are learning to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marlene belliveau on June 19, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was well balanced including research, theory and practical examples. I will use what I have read with great enthusiasm.
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