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Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading

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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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Tenille Shade
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
Emily Monroe
My favorite reading strategy book! Easy to read and implement plus it actually works with kids of any age! Is a prefect companion to teachers moving into Common Core's deeper reading.
Getting through those professional books that have been sitting on my shelf unread. This one is a keeper. Tanny McGregor is an instructional coach who has developed concrete experiences to help children understand comprehension strategies.
Massanutten Regional Library
Margo, Main patron, June 2015, 5 stars:

This is a great book for practical tips for educators and parents as we help our children learn to THINK while they read.
Annie Palmer
Jun 10, 2010 Annie Palmer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers, tutors
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!
Lou Broughton

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!
Guida Allès
Shan 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 mha agradat per ensenyar a pensar estratègicament als alumnes de primària emprant tots els canals comunicatius (Visual, Auditiu, Cinestèsic, de manera creativa, visual i artística). ...more
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!
This is by far one of my favorite teaching resources. This concrete method of teaching abstract comprehension skills is fabulous. My students love the lesson and are always engaged. Every teacher in grades 3-6 should have this book.
Beth Bell
Quick easy read filled with easy to implement ideas to deepen students' comprehension. Lessons used so far this year have been clear and effective. Adds art, music, and concrete visuals as well as anchor charts. Love it!
I can't wait to try some of these ideas with my English Language Learners. The author offers some awesome suggestions for making the important abstract work of reading comprehension more concrete for students.
Loved this book and its wonderful ideas. Wish I could keep it since I borrowed it and now have to give it back. Definitely a great read for comprehension strategies for students who need more concrete thinking.
This book made me want to run back to the classroom and try these great ideas out! A down-to-earth, creative, and research-based book that can be immediately implemented into elementary classrooms.
Arthur Ross jr.
Wow! What an eye-opening book! Chockfull of great ideas to teach reading in a concrete way to young readers. I'm eagerly anticipating using the large majority of the lessons in my literacy block.
I really thought this book had some good ideas and a lot of food for thought. My principal has chosen this book to implement in the classroom this year at the school where I teach.
Jun 16, 2008 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers
Looking for a why to bring a concrete understanding to the reading comprehension strategies? This is it. An easy read for the teacher and a way to spark a true understanding for children.
I absolutely love this book and the many concrete launching lessons within its pages. It has changed my teaching and helped my students and me understand comprehension in a fresh way.
Shannon Cole
Fabulous lessons for teachers to make higher level thinking very tangible for students! The students on our campus loved the lessons and were able to apply the skills!
Melissa Hensley
A quick read! Great ideas that an be easily applied to any grade level. Love how Tanny brought in all types of media and text to teach with each comprehension skill.
Excellent book! Lots of great ideas for making difficult reading skills concrete. The strategies in this book can work for every grade level.
Beth Robertson
Easy read with practical ideas to incorporate into the workshop model. I teach sixth grade and can modify the lessons to fit my older kids.
Molly Raddemann
I use this book constantly for teaching concrete reading lessons that students remember and refer to throughout the entire school year.
Rebecca Durichek
I love the concrete examples the book uses to teach the reading strategies. I use this book daily in my classroom. Excellent resource!
This book taught me how to teach my students to connect their reading to their thinking by using different metacognitive strategies.
An AWESOME book filled with easy, practical, concrete ideas to teach reading strategies. I recommend this book for every teacher.
Ashley Eivins
I used this book for several of my daily comprehension lessons. The lessons required students to think deeply and they loved it!
Rachel Turner
An easy and quick read. Not many new or novel ideas, but several good reminders and great examples.
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