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Deeper Reading

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Do your students often struggle with difficult novels and other challenging texts? Do they think one reading of a work is more than enough? Do they primarily comprehend at a surface-level, and are they frequently unwilling or unable to discover the deeper meaning found in multi-layered works? Do you feel that you are doing more work teaching the novel than they are reading...more
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Published January 1st 2004 by Stenhouse Publishers
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Typically, I am wary of books written from a high school teachers' POV because I feel so much will not be applicable to my very different elementary school universe. This book, however, is filled with ideas for me to try in lessons and in guided reading groups with my fourth graders. I love how Kelly Gallagher writes and love the points he makes about reading instruction. Some of it was beyond my upper elementary school realm, but overall, I'm glad I read it and I'm sure I will continue to refer...more
Ms. Mulhern Gross
Must-have resource for all middle and secondary school English teachers!
Mikey T
Deeper Reading should have been titled Teaching Reading for Dummies. Ideally, all teachers want students to walk into class already knowing how to make meaning from the text, revisit it a number of times to deepen their understanding, make metaphorical and reflective connections, and to venture from the text to other texts. But, sadly, this is hardly ever the case. We, as teachers, are the ones responsible for teaching this set of skills that will enable to become frequent and better readers as...more
I picked up Kelly Gallagher’s Deeper Reading after reading Gallagher’s Teaching Adolescent Writers. I, like many other teachers, view Gallagher as a teacher rock star, and Deeper Reading does not disappoint. What I like about Gallagher is that he knows what works for teachers because he is a teacher. While his methods are clearly deeply rooted in theory and research, Gallagher presents these methods in a conversational tone, and his books read like a really good teacher-friend giving you practic...more
Good companion piece to Gallagher's Readicide, in that this work offers some concrete suggestions to help alleviate the issues that Readicide highlights. Gallagher's work can be compared to Kylene Beers and Chris Tovani, and he writes in an easy, conversational style (peppered with baseball analogies and anecdotes), that makes it easy - I think - for beginning teachers to imagine how to use these techniques with students. I'll plan on using this text again in the future.
Great book....awesome strategies I can use tomorrow, next month, next year. Quick read, entertaining, and insightful. Recommend for all teachers, not just ELA.
The thing I love most about Kelly Gallagher's books is how he offers hands-on ideas that I can directly apply to any of my classes. He doesn't just theorize (in fact he actually theorizes very little). Instead, he structures his books into chapters that have a clear focus and give specific ideas that are often connected to specific literary or nonfiction examples - and he presents them in an engaging way that makes his books into the ultimate stimuli for my teaching brain.
So far I've read "Writ...more
Amazing I will use it every time I plan a new unit!
I have owned a copy of this book for several years, and I've flipped through it for inspiration here and there, but I'd never read it cover to cover until recently. I began before Christmas, reading a few pages between school visits or during lunch, and just finished today.

Because of the disjointed way I read it, I think I was able to let a lot more sink in than if I read it straight through, as I have other Gallagher (and teacher/writer) books. Inbetween activities and pages, I had opportuniti...more
Mar 13, 2010 GNOWP added it
In Deeper Reading, Kelly shares effective, classroom-tested strategies that enable your students to:

accept the challenge of reading difficult books;
move beyond a "first draft" understanding of the text into deeper levels of reading;
consciously monitor their comprehension as they read;
employ effective fix-it strategies when their comprehension begins to falter;
use meaningful collaboration to achieve deeper understanding of texts;
think metaphorically to deepen their reading comprehension;
reach de...more
Kelly Gallagher is one of a handful of professional writers I'll drop everything to read. I did..."Readicide", I think, is one of the most important books an English teacher could read. He gives us so many powerful, practical ideas here that support his views about avoiding over-teaching and under-teaching literature.

Gallagher thinks in metaphors, writes in metaphors, and teaches with metaphors. He has packed this book with great ideas, not all of them new, but great ideas to facilitate student...more
Carly Smoot
I've been told that Kelly Gallagher is an English teaching rockstar. Based off of this book, that statement would be correct. This book is approachable, it has amazing applications, and he brings up smart, thought-provoking ideas. Plus, it isn't a book written by a theorist to teachers, it is a book written to teachers by a teacher and that makes this book all the more practical. I'm planning to buy the rest of his books on Amazon soon, because now I too am fan-girling over this teaching celeb.
As Gallagher mentions in "Deeper Reading," he has come to think of himself more as a teacher of literacy rather than of literature. Between the two books (Readicide and Deeper Reading), issues of literacy have taken on an urgent tone. Literature may be able to effect profound change, but it's ultimately impotent if individuals are not able to read deeply, or read at all, for that matter. Gallagher's strategies, and the emphasis he places on the importance of including all types of text (Internet...more
Christina Lear
This is truly one of the best books out there for teachers of English. Gallagher proposes that there is a difference between assigning reading and teaching reading, and then he lays out what actions teachers need to take to really guide students so they can engage with text on a more meaningful level than most classrooms reach.

His recommendations are going to be more needed than ever as we all approach more rigorous texts with Common Core implementation. Fear not; this book is filled to the brim...more
As a fairly inexperienced teacher this is the BEST teaching resource I have read to date. This resource has lots of helpful ideas and tips. It doesn't try to tell me what to teach or how to teach it, it reads more like a memior of what Ghallagher has done and what he has learned. Even though it is a book by a teacher for teachers, I felt like I was part of Ghallager's classroom, deciding for myself what I enjoyed and didn't enjoy about his teaching style. I appreciated the way he suggested texts...more
I'm eager to compare this book to Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It. I felt at numerous time sin this book that his activities killed the joy in reading. I think, however, that this was partly influenced by my recent reading of Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers. We'll see. I plan to read Redicide this summer.
Outstanding practical strategies for helping teachers assist their students in digging deeper into the reading of challenging texts. Love the way Gallagher describes himself as less of a literature teacher and more of a literacy teacher. He stresses that the ultimate goal is not to just develop students into analyzers of literature, but "to develop these cognitive skills
to a level where they may be transferred beyond the classroom." He quotes Paulo Freire who said "the world is a difficult text....more

Do not teach another whole-class text again until you read DEEPER READING by Kelly Gallagher.

I have been on a crusade for the past couple years that I would never teach another whole class novel again after I realized what it did to my love of reading in high school. I equated whole-class texts with the death of my love of reading.

Kelly Gallagher has helped me to see that it doesn't have to be that way. There are so many wonderful lessons and activities that can apply t...more
Theresa Maher
Aug 02, 2008 Theresa Maher rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: frustrated English teachers
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For my English teacher friends, this book is a must! While most reading books focus on how to help challenged readers, this one focuses on how to make meaning out of more difficult texts for average and above average readers. Gallahger's ideas are fresh, engaging and meaningful. With every chapter, I found a lesson or strategy that I can't wait to implement. Gallagher uses examples from novels that he himself has taught and sites them by name. I found specific strategies that tie directly to nov...more
Katherine Clark
I am about halfway through this book, and I can't believe how fantastic it is. Part of what I like is that some of what he says, I already do with my students, and I kind of figured that out on my own. But much of what he says is new to me, and I am going to use his suggestions/advice in my basic writing college classes and in my comp class at an art school. I am so excited for this semester. I can not recommend this book more highly, and am eager to dive into his other books that I also checked...more
WOW!!! Kelly Gallagher is an amazing high school teacher that is willing to share his lessons, beliefs, and classroom structure with others in the profession. I gathered many ideas from this book to implement into my 4th grade classroom this year. The importance of building background before reading a piece of text is stressed numerous times throughout the book. He also stresses the importance of rereading text (not every single thing you ever pick up to read) to develop a clear understanding ev...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and you can see each joy and inspiration this book offered me with the numerous sticky notes that cover the pages. This book really provides practical advice, lessons and ideas for helping your students grow to be critical readers. While the book is focused on helping our students into deeper reading, Gallagher understands that reading is connected to writing; there are great ideas here to connect strengthened reading skills, to more fully-developed student writin...more
Julie Bowerman
I expect this book will change the way I teach reading. After Readicide started my quest for meaningful reading for my students, I purchased this Deeper Reading. While the former presented why students should read and that books should be neither overtaught or undertaught, this book presents practical strategies for finding that middle ground of guiding students through difficult texts without becoming so caught up in minutia that the experience becomes a trip to the bowels of the inferno. I'm l...more
This book is filled with tons of activities to help activate prior knowledge with your kids and push them beyond surface level understanding of texts. I was a bit distracted by the theme of teaching the whole-class novel, as my 6th graders will be doing more literature circle and independent reading with my support. However, the activities can easily be tweaked for small groups. I liked his emphasis on collaboration and the use of metaphor to boost comprehension. Great ideas for incorporating ne...more
I should have done the review on this right after reading it. I know I really liked some of his ideas in this professional book on reading. He talks about ways to help students understand metaphor and think that way and well, I really need the book in hand (it's at school) to give some better examples. I do know this was one of my favorites that I've read in this genre this year. I'd recommend it to other English teachers seeking to find ways to challenge students to think critically and to deep...more
As a middle school literature teacher I often have trouble finding reading strategy books geared toward my grade band with applicable strategies for my students. This book was that and so, so much more. The author provides realistic lesson ideas that will work with any novel and describes in detail how to use them and how they will benefit students. I can't say enough good things about it - I am truly excited to kick off the school year with some of the things learned from this book. Highly reco...more
Alex Templeton
Kelly Gallagher is a teacher hero! He writes that it doesn't matter to him if students are able to recount the plot of Julius Caesar detail by detail, but he does want them to be able to track the character changes Brutus undergoes and be able to apply that skill to their other reading and their observations of people in real life. Yes, good. His ideas and exercises are relevant and realistic for a classroom that wants students to think deeply about reading and relate it to their own experiences...more
This book has so many great strategies for YA's to get more from their reading, whether it's fiction or nonfiction. My new classroom phrases are "1st draft reading" and "2nd draft reading". Just as with writing a first draft is ok, but sometimes we need to go for that second or more draft. I've tried the activities he suggested for the short story Love by William Maxwell and they were a success. I'm anxious to try more strategies and read more by Kelly Gallagher.
I was surprised at how many things I found in here that would help my AP level classes - I thought for sure I was just reading with my sophomores in mind. With students reading less and less frequently outside of the classroom and with more ESL needs, providing whole-class strategies to ensure accessibility is a big priority for most English teachers. Gallagher's strategies are practical and easily-implemented, and the pedagogy is sound.
A friend gave this to me at the end of the school year. I decided to wait to read it until now. I wish I hadn't waited so long. This book dives right in to teaching kids to read literature the way it was meant to be read---with a greater purpose. Wasn't it Socrates who once said, "The unexamined life is not worth living"? Kelly Gallagher teaches literature by this mantra.

Love to share with colleagues or other lovers of literature.
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