Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading A Professional Development Guide to Comprehension

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-06-27
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Designed to help teachers meet the literacy instruction guidelines as identified by the National Reading Panel (2000) and create an effective literacy program in their school or district while improving their understanding and practices of comprehension. Explores five of the major components essential to creating an effective literacy program and presents teachers with friendly tips and strategies to implement at their own school. Each of the five books in the series focuses on one key component: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension and offers recommendations for incorporating appropriate reading materials, fostering productive home-school connections, and promoting a desire for students to learn to read and write throughout the five part series. Written for elementary school teachers and literacy support specialists.

Author Biography

Dr. Timothy Rasinski is a Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education. His major interests include working with children who find reading difficult, phonics and reading fluency instruction, and teacher development in literacy education. He has published over 100 articles and 10 books on various aspects of reading education. Dr. Rasinski is past editor of The Reading Teacher and is currently an editor for the Journal of Literacy Research. He has served as president of the College Reading Association and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association. He earned bachelor degrees in economics and education at the University of Akron and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His master's degree in special education also comes from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Rasinski was awarded the Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.


Nancy Padak is a Distinguished Professor of Education at Kent State University where she directs the Reading and Writing Center and teaches graduate courses in literacy education and recently received the honor of Kent State University Distinguished Professor. She was a part of the team that wrote the initial grant to fund the state literacy resource center at Kent State University-Ohio Literacy Resource Center (OLRC) and has been a middle school and high school classroom teacher and administrator in a large urban school district. She frequently works with teachers, has written or edited a dozen books and more than 100 scholarly articles. Nancy is a past College Reading Association President and a former Editor of The Reading Teacher.  She currently edits the Journal of Literacy Research. Nancy . Nancy has three grown children, Katie, Mike and Matt. Her husband, Gary is Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Kent State. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Table of Contents

Series Introduction: Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading: A Professional Development Guidep. vii
The National Reading Panel Reportp. viii
Professional Development in Literacyp. xi
Using the Booksp. xi
Overview of Book Contentp. xii
Introduction: Comprehensionp. xv
Reading Comprehension: Definitions, Research, and Considerationsp. 1
Background Knowledgep. 3
Comprehension Strategiesp. 4
Levels of Comprehensionp. 6
Text Typesp. 8
Teaching Comprehensionp. 8
Professional Development Suggestionsp. 11
Instructional Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehensionp. 15
Building Background Knowledgep. 18
Comprehension Strategiesp. 21
Comprehension Programs and Materialsp. 50
Professional Development Suggestionsp. 52
Assessing Reading Comprehensionp. 55
Assessing Your Own Reading Comprehension Assessmentp. 60
Approaching Comprehension Assessmentp. 62
Self-Assessmentp. 68
Plans for Changep. 69
Professional Development Activity: Critical Incidentsp. 71
Beyond Strategies and Beyond the Classroomp. 73
Beyond the Classroomp. 74
Beyond Strategiesp. 76
Students with a Difference-Struggling Readers and English Language Learnersp. 79
Professional Development Activityp. 83
Resourcesp. 87
World Wide Web Resources for Comprehensionp. 88
Professional Resources for Teachersp. 88
Book Club Ideasp. 91
Notesp. 95
Referencesp. 107
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