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Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12
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Do your students often struggle with difficult novels and other challenging texts? Do they think one reading of a work is more than enough? Do they primarily comprehend at a surface-level, and are they frequently unwilling or unable to discover the deeper meaning found in multi-layered works? Do you feel that you are doing more work teaching the novel than they are reading it?
Building on twenty years of teaching language arts, Kelly Gallagher, author of Reading Reasons, shows how students can be taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension. In Deeper Reading, Kelly shares effective, classroom-tested strategies that enable your students to:accept the challenge of reading difficult books;move beyond a "first draft" understanding of the text into deeper levels of reading; consciously monitor their comprehension as they read;employ effective fix-it strategies when their comprehension begins to falter;use meaningful collaboration to achieve deeper understanding of texts;think metaphorically to deepen their reading comprehension;reach deeper levels of reflection by understanding the relevance the book holds for themselves and their peers;use critical thinking skills to analyze real-world issues.
Kelly also provides guidance on effective lesson planning that incorporates strategies for deeper reading.
Funny, poignant, and packed with practical ideas that work in real classrooms, Deeper Reading is a valuable resource for any teacher whose students need new tools to uncover the riches found in complex texts.
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Simply assigning reading isn't enough.
In Deeper Reading, Kelly Gallagher shares effective, classroom-tested strategies that will help teachers plan effective lessons to help students read a broad range of challenging texts with deeper levels of comprehension. By learning and applying key strategies including re-reading, self-monitoring comprehension, collaborating with peers, and reflecting on the relevance of the text in their own lives, Deeper Reading helps students move beyond surface-level comprehension to uncover the riches found in complex texts.
You'll find strategies for:
- First and second draft reading
- Effective collaboration
- Using metaphors to aid comprehension
- Meaningful reflection
- Critical reading
- Effective lesson planning
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About the Author
Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 33rd year of teaching at the high school level.
He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.
He believes that "there is no greater pleasure than teaching someone something." Teaching is "artistic, it matters a great deal, and I can never get the job down perfectly."
Kelly thinks that professional development should treat teachers as such - professionals. "I know in the classroom that good things happen when my students have meaningful discussions. I know as a teacher myself that my craft sharpens when I am given the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with my peers. And let's have a laugh or two while we are at it."
Writing his six books for Stenhouse was a solitary experience. "Though I have written outlines prior to each of my books, I have yet to follow any of them step-by-step. That is why I find writing rewarding - because the act of writing itself generates new thinking, and new thinking is always exciting."
- Publisher : Stenhouse Publishers (January 1, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1571103848
- ISBN-13 : 978-1571103840
- Grade level : 4 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.38 x 0.63 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #625,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would definitely recommend it for any English teacher looking for ideas on how to help their students read better, think better, and truly find meaning.