Explaining Reading, Second Edition A Resource for Teaching Concepts, Skills, and Strategies

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-01
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press
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This bestselling teacher resource and widely adopted text demonstrates the "whats," "whys," and "how-tos" of explicit reading instruction for struggling K–8 learners. The book describes 23 skills and strategies associated with vocabulary, comprehension, word recognition, and fluency. Ways to explain each skill or strategy are illustrated in real-world examples that teachers can use as starting points for their own lessons. Retaining the straight-talking style that made the prior edition so popular, the second edition has been revised and updated to reflect reader feedback and the latest research.

Author Biography

Gerald G. Duffy, EdD, is the William Moran Distinguished Professor of Literacy and Reading at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Duffy spent 25 years teaching teachers how to teach reading and conducting research on classroom reading instruction at Michigan State University, where he was a Senior Researcher in the Institute for Research on Teaching and where he holds the rank of Professor Emeritus. He is also a former elementary and middle school teacher. A past President of the National Reading Conference and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame, Dr. Duffy has worked with teachers and children across the United States and overseas, has written and edited several books on reading instruction, and has published over 150 articles and research studies, with an emphasis on explicit teaching and teacher development.  

Table of Contents

Background to Explaining
The Foundation: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thingp. 3
Skills and Strategies to Be Learnedp. 13
Explaining the Forest as Well as the Treesp. 35
How to Use Part II of This Bookp. 44
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!p. 59
Examples of How to Explain
Examples for Explaining Vocabulary
Teaching Word Meanings Directlyp. 71
Using Semantic Maps to Develop Word Meaningp. 77
Using Context to Figure Out Word Meaningsp. 85
Structural Analysisp. 92
Examples for Explaining Comprehension Strategies
Predictingp. 101
Monitoring, Questioning, and Repredictingp. 107
Imagingp. 115
Inferringp. 122
Look-Backs as Fix-It Strategiesp. 130
Main Ideap. 138
Themep. 146
Summarizingp. 153
Drawing Conclusionsp. 161
Evaluatingp. 169
Synthesizingp. 177
Examples for Explaining Word Recognition
Attending to Print Detailp. 187
Recognizing Words at Sightp. 192
Phonemic Awarenessp. 198
Letter-Sound Associationp. 204
Decoding by Analogyp. 209
Context and Phonics in Combinationp. 215
Examples for Explaining Fluency
Quick Recognition of Look-Alike Wordsp. 223
Intonation and Phrasingp. 229
Appendix. Additional Practical Teaching Resourcesp. 236
Indexp. 238
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