- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (May 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780325074337
- ISBN-13: 978-0325074337
- ASIN: 032507433X
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 380 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jennifer Serravallo is the author of New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular Heinemann titles, including The Writing Strategies Book; 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 Understanding Texts & Readers. She is also the author of the On-Demand Courses Strategies in Action: Reading and Writing Methods and Content and 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 https://www.heinemann.com/jenniferserravallo/, 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/
Reading the chapter introductions allowed me to pinpoint my child’s needs. I could easily determine which chapter to read thoroughly and which chapters to skim.
I read every chapter and my book is full of post-its. I realized some mistakes I was making (hiding the pictures so that she would read the words, rather than allowing her to use them as a resource), some things I was doing right, and some new things to try. This book has given me the guidance I needed to support my reader.
I have already noticed a difference in our read-aloud time since I began reading. She is gaining confidence because I have been complimenting her “good reader strategies”. Reading has become less stressful because when she gets a word incorrect I have new tools for how to have her correct herself. Rather than just telling her to try again, I have learned to prompt her to look at the first letter, look at the last letter, try a different vowel sound, etc.
I am thrilled with the change this book is already making for my daughter. I even found a strategy or two that I can tweak for my math classes.