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60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K-8

60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K-8

February 2006 | 240 pages | Corwin
This book, designed as a reference tool, fills a void by providing a concise overview of the teaching practices of literacy, helping readers examine and evaluate teaching strategies and techniques in the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and visualizing.

Jonson's book follows a user-friendly format that includes:

o Names of specific strategies

o Who would use a given strategy

o When and why a strategy should be used

o How a strategy should be implemented

o Alternative implementation ideas

o Supplies required to implement the strategies

o Figures and illustrations

Jonson brings more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, reading specialist, principal, staff developer, and professor of teacher education to the project. This excellent resource not only synthesizes the current research and theory of best instructional practices, but also presents information in a clear, logical, and accessible manner for practitioners.

About the Author
Strategy 1: ABC Book
Strategy 2: Anticipation Guide
Strategy 3: Bio Poem
Strategy 4: Book Box
Strategy 5: Brainstorming
Strategy 6: Bumper Stickers
Strategy 7: Central Story Problem
Strategy 8: Character Bag
Strategy 9: Character Mapping
Strategy 10: Creating Chapter Titles
Strategy 11: Crossword Puzzle
Strategy 12: Cubing
Strategy 13: Directed Reading Thinking Activity
Strategy 14: Double-Entry Journal
Strategy 15: Exclusion Brainstorming
Strategy 16: Fishbowl
Strategy 17: Found Poem
Strategy 18: Four-Corners Debate
Strategy 19: Gallery Walk
Strategy 20: Grand Conversation
Strategy 21: Guided Imagery
Strategy 22: Hot Seat
Strategy 23: Interior Monologue
Strategy 24: Jigsaw
Strategy 25: K-W-L Chart
Strategy 26: Learning Logs
Strategy 27: Life Experience
Strategy 28: Literacy Quilt
Strategy 29: Literacy Sociogram
Strategy 30: Literature Circles
Strategy 31: Mind Mapping
Strategy 32: Open Mind Character Analysis
Strategy 33: Paired Retellings
Strategy 34: Pick-A-Pal
Strategy 35: Plot Profile
Strategy 36: P-M-I Evaluation (Pluses-Minuses-Interesting Aspects)
Strategy 37: Quaker Reading
Strategy 38: Question-Answer Relationships
Strategy 39: Questioning the Author
Strategy 40: Quickwriting
Strategy 41: Readers' Theater
Strategy 42: Read-Pair-Share
Strategy 43: Reciprocal Questioning (ReQuest)
Strategy 44: Response Log
Strategy 45: Semantic Mapping
Strategy 46: Sketch-to-Stretch
Strategy 47: SQ3R (Survey-Question-Read-Recite-Review)
Strategy 48: Stop-and-React
Strategy 49: Storyboard
Strategy 50: Story Frame
Strategy 51: Story Mapping
Strategy 52: Story Prediction Guide
Strategy 53: Story Pyramid
Strategy 54: Summary Hand
Strategy 55: Tableau
Strategy 56: Tea Party
Strategy 57: Think-Aloud Protocol
Strategy 58: Think-of-Three
Strategy 59: Venn Diagram
Strategy 60: Yellow Stickies
Resource I: Strategies Recommended by Grade Level
Resource II: Elements Addressed Through Strategies
Resource III: Strategies Used Before, During, and After Reading
Resource IV: Meta-Strategies Addressed

"This book is a comprehensive, well organized guide to teaching reading comprehension. The clear, consistent layout of the lesson plans makes it easy for the teacher to locate and implement appropriate lessons quickly. The examples are very helpful and the templates allow a teacher to begin lessons immediately. The wide variety of lesson plans makes this guide truly useful for all grade levels."

Myra Gamble, Reading Specialist
Spring Valley School, Millbrae, CA

"This is one of the most practical and comprehensive resources for teaching comprehension in the elementary classroom. It bridges the gap between theory and classroom practice. The 'what', 'why', 'when' and 'how' to teach is addressed in every lesson."

Mary E. Niesyn, Elementary School Teacher & Literacy Consultant
Reed School, Tiburon, CA

The practical ideas and clear explanations in this book will support our new and expierenced teachers create a strong comprehension component in their balanced literacy programs. The strategies will help students reach their highest potential in reading and writing comprehension. 60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K-8, is a gift for our teachers and students."

Kathy Rosebrock, National Board Certified Teacher, New Teacher Coordinator
Novato Unified School District, Novato, CA

"Finally, someone has written a practical book filled with easy-to-read comprehension strategies. I will definitely use this book with teachers in my district to teach about and review comprehension strategies. The section on 'How Can We Learn More' is also fantastic. Thank you, Kathleen Jonson."

Hazel Brauer, Literacy Coordinator
Jefferson Elementary School District, Daly City, CA

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter One

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