Comprehension That Works: Taking Students Beyond Ordinary Understanding to Deep Comprehension

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-30
  • Publisher: Shell Education
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This professional development resource, co-authored by Dr. Timothy Rasinski and Dr. Danny Brassell, empowers teachers to facilitate innovative and engaging instruction with their students. Unique classroom-tested strategies integrate current research findings with real-life observations of diverse students in action. Learn why these comprehension strategies matter.

Author Biography

Danny Brassell, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Teacher Education Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 11
What Is Reading? What Is Reading Comprehension?p. 13
You're the Expertp. 14
At Your Fingertipsp. 15
Reading and Reading Comprehensionp. 15
Three-Level Taxonomy of Comprehensionp. 17
Transformational Model of Comprehensionp. 18
A Processing Definition of Readingp. 19
Engaging Student Interestp. 23
You're the Expertp. 24
At Your Fingertipsp. 25
Learning and Knowledge Goalsp. 27
Real-World Interactionp. 28
Interesting Textsp. 29
Autonomy Supportp. 30
Strategy Instructionp. 31
Collaboration Supportp. 31
Evaluationp. 32
10 Cool Ways to Engage Students' Interest in Readingp. 33
What Do Proficient Readers Do?p. 37
You're the Expertp. 38
Proficient Readers Use Existing Knowledge to Make Sense of New Informationp. 39
Proficient Readers Ask Questions About the Text Before, During, and After Readingp. 40
Proficient Readers Draw Inferences from the Textp. 41
Proficient Readers Monitor Their Comprehensionp. 42
Proficient Readers Use "Fix-Up" Strategies When Meaning Breaks Downp. 43
Proficient Readers Figure Out What Is Most Important in Whatever They Readp. 43
At Your Fingertipsp. 44
Proficient Readers Synthesize Information to Create New Thinkingp. 45
Some Observable Habits of Proficient Readersp. 46
Identifying Difficulties in Reading Comprehensionp. 47
You're the Expertp. 48
At Your Fingertipsp. 49
Teacher-Directed Assessment of Comprehensionp. 51
Word Recognition as a Source of Comprehension Difficultyp. 56
Fluency as a Source of Comprehension Difficultyp. 56
Vocabulary and Comprehension Concerns as Sources of Comprehension Problemsp. 57
Tools for Measuring Word-Recognition Accuracy, Automaticity, and Prosody in Oral Readingp. 58
How to Differentiate Instruction for Student Comprehensionp. 63
At Your Fingertipsp. 64
Readinessp. 65
Interestsp. 66
Profile of Learningp. 67
Environmentp. 68
You're the Expertp. 68
Contentp. 69
Activities (Process)p. 70
Productp. 72
Dare to Differentiate: 50 Terrific Teacher Tools and Ideasp. 73
Differentiation Songs & Dancesp. 77
Comprehension Strategiesp. 79
You're the Expertp. 80
How and Why We Explicitly Teach Comprehension Strategiesp. 81
At Your Fingertipsp. 81
Using Background Knowledgep. 82
Reciprocal Teachingp. 83
Questioningp. 84
Visualizingp. 85
Inferringp. 85
Summarizingp. 86
Getting to Know Types of Expository Text Structuresp. 87
Comprehension Strategies for Before Readingp. 89
You're the Expertp. 91
At Your Fingertipsp. 92
Activating Students' Prior Knowledgep. 93
Building Students' Background Knowledgep. 94
Determining Purpose for Readingp. 96
Understanding Elements and Structure of Textsp. 97
Working with Wordsp. 99
Some General Tips Before Readingp. 102
Comprehension Strategies for During Readingp. 103
You're the Expertp. 104
At Your Fingertipsp. 105
Helping Students Become Involved with Textp. 106
Building Comprehension Through Questioningp. 109
Monitoring Comprehensionp. 110
Making Inferencesp. 112
What Do Good Readers Do as They Read?p. 115
Comprehension Strategies for After Readingp. 117
You're the Expertp. 118
At Your Fingertipsp. 118
Post-Reading Discussionsp. 119
Text-to-Self Connectionsp. 121
Text-to-Text Connectionsp. 122
Text-to-World Connectionsp. 123
Compare and Contrastp. 124
Written Response-Summaries, Syntheses, Essays, and Morep. 126
Other Transformationsp. 131
Digging Deep After Readingp. 135
References Citedp. 137
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