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Mosaic of Thought by Ellin Oliver Keene
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Dec 11, 2010

it was amazing
Read in December, 2010

I just finished reading the second edition of this book. Like Stephanie Harvey, and a group of other reading comprehension specialists, Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann show how teachers can effectively model how they "think" as they read aloud. Once modeled, students can begin to "think" about what they read independently. Students are encouraged to have emotional and visual responses, text-to-self connections, and inferences. The thinking that is modeled by teachers and then quoted by young and older students prove that all students are capable of thoughtful, deep reflection. Great books that have "ideas" are offered to teachers in this book: The Way to Start a Day by Byrd Baylor, The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg, The Three Questions by Jon Muth, and Remember by Toni Morrison. This is a must read for all teachers. I used many of these strategies for second graders, and now know how to use them for college students in reading courses for teachers as well.

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