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Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement
Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement
by Stephanie Harvey
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.55
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Also buy Comprehension Connections, April 11, 2009
This is an amazing book if you've always wondered what strategies and thinking (and not specific skills that will soon be forgotten) to teach whole group in reading. I've used this in my 2nd year of teaching, but my colleagues in their 10th and 20th years of teaching love it too. The authors give specific lessons to teach THINKING strategies: metacognition, making connections, visualizing, questioning, inferring, determining important info, and synthesizing and summarizing.
This book is great but will be even better if paired with this book (which isn't packaged with the "Buy Together" from Amazon) Comprehension Connections by Tanny McGregor Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading. S. Harvey, one of the authors of Strategies that Work, writes the foreword. This book discusses the lessons you teach before teaching each of the strategies Harvey, et al. covers (i.e. schema) by using concrete experiences to help students understand and NOT forget what schema is (i.e. using a lint roller and pieces of paper with your experiences, opinions, feelings, memories. Use the lint roller to stick everything together and this represents your unique schema.) After giving students several "sensory" experiences with the strategy, you then teach lessons from Strategies that Work with the concrete experiences in place. She gives examples of using songs, art, wordless picture books for sensory experiences and basically hits different intelligences. My students are definitely thinking more, but I think they would have retained more if they would have had these concrete experiences first. This is a glowing review for both books :)


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