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Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement 2nd Edition

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Strategies That Work should be on every English teacher's bookshelf. It is a reader-friendly text that will help all of us to further engage students in the learning process. --English Journal

I reviewed my dog-eared copy of the first edition, and I wondered, 'How can they possibly improve this book?' --Teacher Leaders Network


Strategies That Work is a 'must-read' for beginning or veteran teachers, pre-service teachers, reading specialists, administrators, and parents. --Education Review
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About the Author

Stephanie Harvey has spent her career teaching and learning about reading and writing. After fifteen years of public school teaching, both in regular education and special education classrooms, Stephanie worked for twelve years as a staff developer for the Denver based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), a partnership of leaders from education and business, who support innovation in public schools. Insatiably curious about student thinking, she is a teacher first and foremost and currently serves as a private literacy consultant to schools and school districts. In that role, she conducts keynote speeches, presentations, workshops, demonstration lessons, coaching sessions and ongoing consultation to teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, principals and district administrators. With a focus on K-12 literacy, her specialties include comprehension instruction, inquiry-based learning, content area reading and writing, nonfiction literacy, and the role of passion, wonder and engagement in teaching and learning. Stephanie has written many articles, books and resources; her Heinemann publications include the title Comprehension and Collaboration which she co-authored with Smokey Daniels, and The Comprehension Toolkit series which is an in-depth Curricular Resource for comprehension instruction co-authored with Anne Goudvis. Click here to read recent Heinemann Blogs from Steph. Connect with Steph at @StephHarvey49 Listen to an interview with Stephanie Harvey on Education Talk Radio - 2/29/2012 (30:35)

Anne Goudvis is the coauthor the Heinemann title Comprehension Going Forward and of Strategies that Work (with Stephanie Harvey). She and Steph also created best-selling classroom materials through firstHand: The Comprehension Toolkit; The Primary Comprehension Toolkit; and Comprehension Interventions. Anne has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and university instructor. For the past fifteen years she has worked as a staff developer with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition and currently does staff development in schools around the country. Recent interests include working in schools with culturally and linguistically diverse students and integrating reading comprehension instruction with content area topics in social studies and science.
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Product Details

  • Series: Strategies That Work Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement
  • Paperback: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers; 2nd edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157110481X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571104816
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is a great book but I think its better for teachers of third grade and higher. This is like third, fourth, fifth grade version. "Reading With Meaning" is better for K, first, and second grade teachers. Its great as a part of a series.
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This book is a gem. It is written in a graceful and readable style. The authors fill the book with examples that illustrate keys to improving reading comprehension, apt books, stories or readings that reinforce the point, teacher-student communications and examples of teacher-student work. For anyone involved in teaching reading comprehension or tutoring students with reading difficulties, it is an invaluable resource.
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Strategies That Work 2nd Edition is a terrific resource for teaching comprehension. Based on a body of research on reading comprehension, the authors help teachers translate research into classroom practice with over 60 comprehension strategy lessons to help kids learn, understand and remember what they read. Four new chapters in the final section of the book focus on reading and understanding across the curriculum, in science, social studies, text books and even test reading! The authors feature kids work throughout the book, and show how they assess comprehension which is very helpful. I recommend this book without reservation.
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The newer edition of this book is wonderful. It is packed with useful information that every teacher can apply to their reading instruction. I found the text easy to read, the recommendations are practical, and this book is a wonderful companion text to "The Comprehension Toolkit".
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In graduate school, my professor said that this is one of the most important books on literacy. SHE WAS SO RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! A must-read for reading specialists and classroom teachers!
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This book goes beyond the general information about reading comprehension and gets to the heart of what matters to teachers--strategies and how to teach them. This was required reading for one of my master's level courses in reading education, but it is far from being a boring textbook.

Strategies That Work seems to have been written to give teachers easy access to a treasure trove of strategies and activities they can utilize in the classroom. It's broken down into four main parts. Part I: The Foundation of Meaning, Part II: Strategy Lessons, Part III: Comprehension Across the Curriculum, and Part IV: Resources That Support Strategy Instruction (several appendices full of handy resources). More than just course reading, this book will be on my shelf as a well-worn, go-to resource for years to come.
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I purchased this book for a class I was taking and have been VERY pleased with it. The writers present a clear and concise merging of theory with practice. The book is filled with dozens of sample lessons with varying approaches to teaching reading. Although focused mainly on grades K-6 in content, its application of skills will work well with for reading students of any age. This would be a HELPFUL BOOK FOR HOME-SCHOOLING PARENTS.
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