- Age Range: 5 - 13 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 8
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (May 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 032507433X
- ISBN-13: 978-0325074337
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers 1st Edition
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About the Author
Jennifer Serravallo is the author of New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular Heinemann titles, including Teaching Reading in Small Groups; Conferring with Readers; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K - 2 and Grades 3 - 6. Her newest book is The Writing Strategies Book. She is also the author of the Digital Campus Course Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes where you can watch dozens of videos of Jen teaching in real classrooms and engage with other educators in a self-guided course. Jen began her career in education as a teacher in Title I schools in NYC and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Through TCRWP and now as an independent consultant, she has spent over a decade helping teachers across the country to create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals. Jen holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes on urban education reform and children's literature. Learn more about Jen and her work at www.jenniferserravallo.com, or connect with her at @jserravallo.
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Jennifer Serravallo created the ultimate book of reading strategies. This resource is a must have have for schools! Let me explain in terms of who can benefit:
- Campus Leadership: Assistant principals usually coordinate the RtI process and instructional intervention plans. This books will help identify and create individual goals for learners, determine the appropriate strategy and give you ideas for intervention lessons. Best of all, these can be implemented IN the classroom setting by the teacher.In my experience as an assistant principal, I often got responses like, "He can't read. She struggles with reading. He doesn't try to sound out words. She is not on grade level in reading. He has so may gaps, I don't know where to start." This book will help teachers:
identify specific instructional goals
identify guidelines for readers to practice and apply strategies
give helpful feedback to move the reader forward
- Literacy Specialist/Instructional Coach: This resource can help with coaching conversations with individual teachers or grade level teams.
- Classroom Teacher: This is truly a comprehensive book to help you develop individual reading goals or goals for reading strategy groups. This a a GREAT resource for reading strategy groups. The lessons in this book can fit into any balanced literacy program.
The book is organized around the following goals (chapters) for developing skilled readers:
- Supporting Pre-Emergent and Emergent Readers
- Teaching Reading Engagement: Focus, Stamina, and Building a Reading Life
- Supporting Print Work: Increasing Accuracy and Integrating Sources of Information
- Teaching Fluency: Reading with Paraphrasing, Intonation, and Automaticity
- Supporting Comprehension in Fiction: Understanding Plot and Setting
- Supporting Comprehension in Fiction: Thinking About Characters
- Supporting Comprehension in Fiction: Understanding Themes and Ideas
- Supporting Comprehension in Nonfiction: Determining Maint Topic(s) and Idea(s)
- Supporting Comprehension in Nonfiction: Determining Key Details
- Supporting Comprehension in Nonfiction: Getting the Most from Text Features
- Improving Comprehension in Fiction and Nonfiction: Understanding Vocabulary and Figurative Language
- Supporting Students' Conversations: Speaking, Listening, and Deepening Comprehension
- Improving Writing About Reading
Each chapter starts with a research-based explanation of WHY the goal is important to developing skilled readers. Serravallo also gives you suggestions on how to assess students, because it crucial that the strategy matches the child's goal and the texts they are reading. Strategy lessons include the following (depending on the lesson):
- Genre/Text Type
- Teaching Tips
- Language Lesson
See my full review (with visuals) here: http://loriesqualls.com/2015/07/11/the-reading-strategies-book/
I love how Jennifer compares The Reading Strategies Book to a cookbook, It's a great analogy for the lessons in the book. This book does not need to be read cover to cover (although you can). You can determine goals based on formative assessment and turn to the chapter about that goal. She also suggests that you tweak lessons to make them your own, just as you would with a recipe. I do this a lot when I am cooking, but it sure is nice to have that lesson as a starting point! That is the beauty of this book.
The "Getting Started" section of the book is invaluable. Jennifer walks you through navigating the book, choosing goals for students, how the book might fit into your current literacy instruction, and supporting strategies with visuals.
I LOVE how this book is organized. Each chapter focuses on a goal for students. Within each chapter you will find 20-25 lessons with strategies to teach the skills needed for students to meet this goal.
Each lesson is beautiful organized (again with the organization!) and printed in color with visuals/charts. Within the margins, Jennifer indicates who this lesson is for (guided reading level, genre/text type, and skill). The lessons are short and sweet (on one page)--no crazy prep or planning needed. A teacher's dream.
I think this book should be a required text for college literacy courses and should be a welcome gift to new teachers when hired.
I could not recommend this book more highly. Jennifer Seravallo never disappoints!