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Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,504 ratings  ·  97 reviews
How do students become thoughtful, independent readers who comprehend text at a deep level?

To find the answers, authors Keene and Zimmermann embarked on a journey into the thought processes of proficient readers - a journey through poems and essays, classrooms and workshops, humor and reflection. "Mosaic of Thought "chronicles that journey, which ultimately led the authors
Paperback, 255 pages
Published April 21st 1997 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Mosaic of Thought was the first book I read about teaching English. Ten years ago, on the verge of leaving graduate school, I was introduced to Mosaic. I was blown away: it was as if the authors had taken off the top of my head, had observed my thought process while I was reading, and then held up a mirror to make me aware of what I was doing.
In the years since I have returned to Mosaic many times over, using it as a seed text to pull teaching points from. I found that Keene and Zimmermann of
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book changed the way I teach reading! It opened my mind to the possibilities of helping children with comprehension and awakening children to the wonderful world of books. Each chapter has a wonderful breakdown of how to go about teaching each skill as well as wonderful examples of children's literature for teaching that reading comprehension skill.
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education, 2016
decided this text should be one I own when I read it versus borrowing from IL so I put it on hold until I got my own copy. Definitive text for reading strategy instruction including read alouds, conferring, crafting lessons (including gradual release).
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! Meant for reading teachers, I find the simple techniques here easy to implement with my children, teaching them to get more out of their books. Interesting to read, I recommend it!
David Avery
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a student preparing to become an elementary school teacher I found Mosaic of Thought to be extremely enlightening as to how people read and how one can improve reading comprehension. I plan on using the knowledge I learned in this book such as schema, sensory images, asking questions while reading, inferring, and etc., to teach children how to improve their meta cognition in terms of reading. And not only was Mosaic of Thought very enlightening, but the authors, Keene and Zimmerman, used ente ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time getting through this classic. As another reviewer noted, a page-turner this book is not. With that said, I appreciated the practical insight the authors provided. Now that the comprehension strategies discussed in this book are somewhat commonplace, I found it nice to return to where a handful of them were shared for the first time.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teacher-texts
So much better than the last book I read for grad school. It was easy to follow and gave me some great ideas to implement not only for my ELA classes, but also my speech class. My only complaint is that I wish there were more high school examples throughout. I plan on trying to get some colleagues to borrow and read it.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education, nonfiction
I had to give this four stars instead of five because it's not one that I remember well. Other education books just pop into my head, but not this one. I remember finding it useful and still have it in my collection. It's time I dig it out for a refresher.
Lisset Terrazas
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the book Mosaic of Thought because it was a requirement for one of my classes in school. While I can see how this book can be a helpful tool for current teachers, overall, I found the book extremely boring and would not have read it if it was not a requirement.
Jessica Wilson
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wealth of information on reading comprehension and teaching reading strategies. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is teaching.
Alison Maxey
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is definitely not a page turner but provides a lot of constructive ways to teach English in the classroom. I'll definitely hang on to this book when I begin teaching English myself.
Denise Hahn
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book encourages teachers to know themselves on a deep meta cognitive level so they can explicitly share the strategies they use when they are trying to comprehend texts.
Maria Hrickova
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crystal Bravo
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to understand and it includes useful tips.
Tabitha Langman
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mosaic of Thought was interesting reading material to me because it was reading about reading, mostly comprehension. It really talks about the importance of not just reading but comprehending what you read in the best way possible. While I thought the book dragged on a little too long and could have been more condensed. It gives thorough explanations of what it means to comprehend material.
Rose Delmer
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly this book was a boring read for me. The way that the chapters were set up distracted me. I wanted the information presented first, with examples and additions to supplement the main idea after. As someone who is working towards becoming a teacher, I didn't feel connected to this book or like it really applied to me and my current situation.
Jordan Todd
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I did not love this book. I thought it had bits of really good information throughout the chapters, but overall I did not think it was a great read.
Tara Dolin
Mar 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read this book for my English class and it was meant to be purposeful but it was honestly so hard to read. It was extremely boring and felt like a chore to read.
Haley Moffat
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Great book to educate future teachers or teachers on many practices they can use in their classroom.
Stacy  Natal
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacy by: Michelle Ament
Shelves: non-fiction, teaching
Misc. thoughts about this book to help me to remember this book:

1. I loved that the author’s demonstrated the metacognitive strategies with text that THEY read. This modeling is the strength of this book. I feel strongly that in order to be effective teachers of reading, we need to practice the strategies with text that we read. If we are unable to sift through, make connections, and synthesize challenging reading, neither can our students.
2. The book works through seven metacognitive strategies
Lars Guthrie
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I missed this widely known resource for teachers while in SF State credential program, but am so glad one of my students' teachers referred to it and got me into it. Ellin Keene and Susan Zimmermann wrote this mainly for the classroom, but the ideas and strategies are pertinenet for anyone trying to help students and themselves to have a deeper and more meaningful interaction with reading. It's a book I'll be returning to often.

Here's a quote that relates directly to Lindamood-Bell's Vi
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teachers and educators.
I started reading this book 4 months ago. A page-turner it's not. It is written by teachers to help teachers learn to teach. I learned fascinating things from this, and really it seems that every teacher should read it or a book like it. We as Americans are incredibly under educated and unknowledgeable. Seeing the problems that Keene and Zimmermann were trying to solve back in the mid90s made me realize that it is laregely due to our reading - or the fact that we don't do much of it. Most people ...more
Marcy prager
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 y ...more
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this. It reminded me of Cziko's Reading for Understanding. I liked the way Ellin, one of the authors, started each chapter with a text, her think aloud of it, and how this played out in the classroom. The repetitive nature of each mini-lesson was ingrained in my head. Modeling think alouds, having students read individually while conferencing with students, sharing aloud after.

I wish there were more high school examples. There is only one at the end and compared to the element
Morgan (Turbo)
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
My first Teacher's book that I read from the publisher Heinemann (they're great). It discusses teaching reading via a new methodology (well at least from when I was in grade school). At times I found following along the author's thought processes very engrossing and other times I found it very tiring. What helped me to finish the book was discovering the structure of the chapters: author's personal experience, in the classroom, and summary of skills at the end. After I noticed that then I starte ...more
Kevin Kuehn
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Definitely more for my teacher friends, but this book, which is considered to be a seminal piece of writing for learning how to teach literacy (but really how to teach understanding), is as informative as it is transformative. Ellin Keene took my depth of literacy (and thinking) instruction to a whole new level. Now, I'm still not sure exactly what it means for my practice, but I definitely have a new perspective from which to think about how I go about helping my kids learn how to think. If you ...more
Bill Littell
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A highly intelligent, readable, insightful, and enjoyable piece on reading. Enlightening and pracical.

Words of Wisdom: "John Cheever once said that he wrote 'to make sense of my life.' We read, I think, for the same reason: to make sense of our lives and to connect to those who have come before us and those who now share the planet with us. We read to do our jobs, to learn, to explore, to adventure, to bring order to chaos, to open new vistas, to better understand the world around us, and to dev
Jenny O
Aug 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: school-stuff
I feel bad that I'm only giving this book three stars. It's just timing. This is the classic book for teaching reading strategies, but I read so many others that by the time I got to this one it's just feeling a little stale. I'm tired of reading teaching books that have lots and lots of uplifting narrative that show how masterful the author is. The most interesting parts of the book are outside of the classroom, when the author describes her own struggles reading adult works. In fairness, this ...more
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
This books was well worth my time and I enjoyed and appreciated the insight of this book. As I read new books, attend library book club and conduct a Readers Workshop in my son's classroom, I am continually blessed for having read this book. I want to reread it already. I find myself wanting others (librarians, book discussion leaders, book friends) to have read this book so they can know and share in the mosaic of thought offered through great literature. I crave good literature and am sometime ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I am not a teacher and so read this book more for information about how to help children comprehend what they are reading. This is a good overview of different strategies that proficient readers use, even if they don't realize that they are using them. The book reminded me again that reading a book is not a passive activity. A good reader is having simultaneous conversations with the author and herself: questioning the author; wondering what happens next; how does the text fit in with what she a ...more
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