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Strategies that Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement, by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis

School librarians should share the goal of teaching for comprehension, understanding, and engagement, so the strategies described in this book are relevant and valuable for school librarians.

Carmen Pianko

on 6 March 2011

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Transcript of Strategies that Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement, by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis

Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement
By Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis And where school librarians fit in! Instruction Collection Professional Development + Support Resources indexed by:
Reading level
Strategies they best facilitate teaching
Genre Collection includes:
Professional resources
Short stories
Picture books (even in secondary schools!)
Short non-fiction
Print and electronic resources School librarians should be teaching reading comprehension! Teach variety of note-taking tools and strategies Questioning as a precursor to research Most effective if whole-school initiative, so teach those teachers! According to Harvey + Goudvis:
By teaching reading comprehension, we can help students understand content and become engaged thinkers and learners.

Comprehension enhances understanding and understanding enhances engagement! (p. 3) Keys to teaching
reading comprehension Teach reading comprehension Using texts that are: Relevant in content: different types of texts to support curriculum content Engaging: the more difficult
the text, the more engaging the
content must be. Short: picture books and other short texts are great, even in secondary school! Well-matched to strategies: when first introducing a comprehension strategy, teach it with texts that fit well with the strategy. Instruction:
Time for reading, teaching, and using strategies
Explicit teaching of strategies
Modeling/think aloud to share literacy own literacy practice
Gradually give students more responsibility
Strategies as a means to comprehension Librarian is knowledgeable of collection AND curriculum Become a resource through knowledge of strategies and lessons for teaching reading comprehension What can school librarians do to facilitate reading comprehension? Interactive read-alouds Encourage students to "leave tracks of their thinking" by taking notes in library books using sticky notes (p. 56) Model reading and reading comprehension strategies Share different types of texts and teach students how to read and use them Co-teach from the beginning of lesson units that will lead to research projects to support learning using stories, primary sources, etc. and help students channel their curiosities into focused research questions like this book! Teach teachers the strategies, tools, and lessons you use in the school library and others they can use, too Demonstrate why they should want to partner with you! So that teachers and you can find them! Harvey, Stephanie and Anne Goudvis. Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement. Portland: Stenhouse Publishers, 2007. Print. Strategies focus on talking and writing about reading in order to help students... Connect to prior knowledge Think about new learning Ask questions about what they are reading Make inferences Recognize and use text features Recognize important ideas and themes Synthesize and summarize Read to answer questions
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