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Strategies That Move Readers Forward

Simpson, KSU

Joanne Simpson

on 29 December 2012

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Transcript of Strategies That Move Readers Forward

Simpson, KSU Strategies That Move Readers Forward Practice Skills in Isolation
Does Not Allow Students to Connect to the Reading
Take Turns Reading Aloud
Creates anxiety
Popcorn reading is not authentic.
Increases frustration, hesitations, guessing, stumbling. What We Do Wrong Try to remember what you liked in school.
What worked for you?
What didn't work?
Were you an A student? Would the same strategies work with your students? Why, why not? How did you learn to read? Skills are used without conscious planning.
Strategies are willful plans for comprehension.
Strategies cause students to become more aware of their reasoning processes.
Skills are not adaptable. Reading Skills vs Reading Strategies Reading is not meant to last a 50-60 minute class period.
Mini-lessons are 10-15 minutes.
Read for 10-15 minutes.
So, a reading day would look like - lesson opener, mini-lesson, reading, mini-lesson, closing.
Change activities 3-4 times an hour or you'll lose them. Mini-Lessons (Atwell) Deciding whether to abandon an independent reading book or finish it.
Finding specific details from a text to support an inference or position (contextual evidence).
Knowing the difference between important and irrelevant details. Sample Mini-Lesson Topics You must teach them to write about their texts through. . .
Text to text.
Text to self.
Text to world. They must read to write. Encourage students to use post-its while they read, listen to you, etc. Teach them to annotate via sticky!
Name the strategy and model it first.
Think aloud with them about how to solve a reading problem.
Answer their questions. ALL OF THEM. Making Mini-Lessons Work Pause while you read to them. Explain what you are thinking and how you are feeling.
Explain that you do not have to think about the strategies you are teaching them, and they'll feel that way one day too.
Encourage them to practice, by showing them that you practice. Learn with them. Or make them think you do. What knowledge do I have to help me read this?
How do I pronounce that word?
What does that word mean?
Why don't I remember what I just read?
Why does that passage confuse me?
How do I figure out implied meaning?
How do I figure out that metaphor? Questions You'll Teach Them to Ask Teach them the strategies.
Encourage them to ask questions aloud.
Teach them to move from thinking aloud, to thinking silently.
Teach them to move from working in a group, to pairs, to independently.
Ultimately, you have to move them forward. :-) Think Aloud to Think Silently
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