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Comprehension Connections : Bridges to Strategic Reading



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Inferring, questioning, determining importance. It's not easy to explain these abstract reading strategies to elementary readers, yet knowing how they work and how to use them is an important first step to connecting with texts. Fortunately Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, everyday lessons that make abstract thinking concrete and that can help every child in your classroom make more effective use of reading comprehension strategies.s"Comprehension Connections" is a guide to developing children's ability to fully understand texts by making the comprehension process achievable, accessible, and incremental. McGregor's approach sequences stages of learning for each strategy that take students from a fun object lesson to a nuanced and lasting understanding. Her lessons build bridges between the concrete and the abstract by incorporating writing, discussion, song, art, and movement into a web of creative connections that reinforce each strategy on a variety of levels. All the while "Comprehension Connections "offers an inside look at the dynamic of McGregor's teaching, showing you how her ideas look in action, and including the language she uses and that she encourages her students to use as they build their facility with: schema inferring questioning determining importance visualizing synthesizing.sMany students struggle to understand what it is they are supposed to do as they learn to read strategically. Help them make connections to the ideas behind reading and watch as your readers go deeper into texts than ever before.

Table of Contents

Prologue : concrete bridges : the new deal for readers
Bridge building 101p. 1
Metacognition : it's the thought that countsp. 11
Schema : your own World Wide Webp. 29
Inferring : not just anybody's guessp. 47
Questioning : fuel for thoughtp. 61
Determining importance : under the big topp. 75
Visualizing : see for yourselfp. 89
Synthesizing : keep the changep. 103
Epilogue : where the sidewalk beginsp. 115
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