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Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading
Inferring, questioning, determining importance. It's not easy to explain these abstract reading strategies to elementary readers, yet knowing how they work and how to use them is an important first step to connecting with texts. Fortunately Tanny McGregor has developed visual, tangible, everyday lessons that make abstract thinking concrete and that can help every child in ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published February 7th 2007 by Heinemann Educational Books
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This is probably my all time favorite teacher book ever! Tanny does an outstanding job of creating metaphorical thinking. I love her launching sequence, and I will use these lessons for years to come. The "Thinking Stems" posters are a staple in my classroom, and I can't wait for her next book on genres to be published!
I highly recommend this book to all of my reading-teacher friends! It is a quick read (I read it in 2 hours at the pool yesterday) and is a great, FRESH companion to all the comprehension classics - Debbie Miller, Chris Tovani, Ellin Keene, Steph Harvey, etc. If you loved Strategies that Work or Reading with Meaning, I guarantee you will LOVE how McGregor uses concrete items to teach comprehension strategies. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is I thought the book could have been mo ...more
This is a great book for classroom and reading teachers. I've always said that the most learning occurs when students are having fun. This book provides concrete and creative ways to teaching six thinking skills: schema, inferring, questioning, determining importance, visualizing and synthesizing. Not only will it be fun for kids, but fun for teachers to teach! It is especially great for districts implementing the Literacy by Design reading series. The six thinking skills in this book are the ex ...more
This is a great quick read about how to tangibly teach reading strategies. It focuses a lot on metacognition (and teaching kids how to understand their thinking) and schema (background knowledge). While some of the strategies for teaching such things are a bit elementary for 5th and 6th graders, the ideas can easily be modified to the next level for middle grade learners. I'm excited to talk about this one with some colleagues!
Wow! This may be the single best book on how to launch reading strategies that I've ever read. Relating the strategies to something concrete makes so much sense. This book made me realize the importance of slowing down my teaching and taking the time to launch each strategy without the burden of text. I hope Tanny McGregor writes more books because I would definitely read another one. Wow!
Mar 22, 2013 Guida Allès rated it 5 of 5 stars
S´han publicat molts llibres sobre estratègies de comprensió. Com millorar i avaluar la comprensió dels alumnes quan és un procés tan invisible?. De tots els que he llegit, aquest és el que més m´ha agradat per ensenyar a pensar estratègicament als alumnes de primària emprant tots els canals comunicatius (Visual, Auditiu, Cinestèsic, de manera creativa, visual i artística).
Awesome book of mini-lessons for key comprehension skills--metacognition, visualizing, schema/connections, making inferences, etc. Loved teaching some of the lessons in here to my kids! Each lesson links to concrete experiences and items--great way to break it down for the kids.
Good book with great ideas on how to teach reading comprehension skills. I liked the examples of text to use with concepts (i.e. inferencing) as well as examples of art, music, and realia that really help bring abstracts concepts to life. I'd recommend it!