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Rigorous Reading, Florida Edition

Rigorous Reading, Florida Edition
5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts

Foreword by Eugene Pringle, Jr., Now With Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards!

August 2020 | 176 pages | Corwin

Newly revised and updated throughout, this new Florida Edition has been specially developed to align with Florida’s new B.E.S.T. Standards.

What it really means to "read closely."

What could Fern Arable, Jay Gatsby, and Winston Churchill possibly have in common? They all need masterful teachers to help students revel in their complexity. And Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher are just the two mentors to help you make that happen. Call it close reading, call it deep reading, call it analytic readingcall it what you like. The point is, it's a level of understanding that students of any age can achieve with the right kind of instruction. In Rigorous Reading, Nancy and Doug articulate an instructional plan so clearly, and so squarely built on research, that teachers, schools, and districts need look no further.

The 5 Access Points Toward Proficiency, Purpose & Modeling:

  1. Teachers think aloud to demonstrate critical thinking and how good readers always know why they are reading.
  2. Close & Scaffolded Reading Instruction: Teachers engage students in repeated readings and discussions, with text-dependent questions, prompts, and cues to help students delve into an author's ideas.
  3. Collaborative Conversations: Teachers orchestrate collaborative learning to get students in the habit of exercising their analytical thinking in the presence of their peers.
  4. An Independent Reading Staircase: Teachers artfully steer students to more challenging books, with strategic bursts of instruction and peer conferences to foster metacognitive awareness.
  5. Performance: Teachers offer feedback and assessments that help students demonstrate understanding of text in authentic ways and plan instruction based on student understanding.

There's more . . . Also included are illustrative classroom video clips available via QR codesmaking Rigorous Reading the only resource a teacher, school, or district needs to seriously stretch students' capacity to read and comprehend text.

List of Videos
INTRODUCTION: Your Access Point
CHAPTER 1. Ramping Up for Complex Texts
Reading Complex Texts

A New Definition of Text Complexity

Reading Closely and Carefully

Accessing Complex Texts Through a Gradual Release of Responsibility

The Organization of Learning Expectations in Florida

Organization of Rigorous Reading, Florida Edition


CHAPTER 2. Access Point One: Modeling and Learning Intentions
Accessing Complex Text Requires Modeling

Accessing Complex Text Requires a Clear Learning Intention


CHAPTER 3. Access Point Two: Close and Scaffolded Reading Instruction
Accessing Complex Text Requires Close Reading

Accessing Complex Text Requires Scaffolded Reading Instruction


CHAPTER 4. Access Point Three: Collaborative Conversations
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Collaborative Conversations

Accessing Complex Texts Requires Student-to- Student Interaction


CHAPTER 5. Access Point Four: An Independent Reading Staircase
The Goals of Independent Learning

Accessing Complex Texts Requires Wide, Independent Reading

Increasing At-Home Reading

Accessing Complex Texts Requires Conferring


CHAPTER 6. Access Point Five: Assessing Students’ Understanding
Checking for Understanding

Providing Effective Feedback

Engaging in Feed-Forward Instruction



Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781071810637