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To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension
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Building effectively on the base of her original work, Mosaic of Thought, Second Edition: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction, Keene spells out the next steps in teaching those comprehension strategies by getting them to always think more deeply, more purposefully, more richly. More so than just a mindless rattling off of the comprehension strategies, To Understand challenges you to see how those strategies lead to a deeper understanding of how what you've read impacts you.
So often, we burn through a series of books with kids, inspiring them to read quantity, without much forethought of how this literature must be effecting them. We believe that reading a million pages, or a thousand book, and getting a principal to kiss a goat, is reading success. Keene challenges us to go beyond that, to seek ways that we must inspire our children not only to read books, but to talk about how that reading impacts our minds and hearts. Children have a remarkable capacity to think deeply and purposefully, if given the chance, if taught how to do it, and if supported in the classroom.
Keene offers repeatedly through her book a simple mantra: teach a few concepts, over a period of time, with great intensity, and across a variety of texts and genres. Instead of trying to tackle any state's 134 page document of what's "essential" in literacy learning, she had four pages (four!) of what research says "is essential", and sticking to those, in the face of increasing demands of teachers from NCLB, is the true way to go.Read more ›
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This is a wonderful book that all teachers of reading should own and use. It is full of practical and usable ideas that go along with her deep understanding of what readers need... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Beachy
Ellin Keene's book "To Understand" is a powerful and thought provoking book. It discusses issues of reading comprehension instruction and is so vital. Read morePublished on May 20, 2009 by Judith A. Schoenfeld