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Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12

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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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Stenhouse Publishers
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Mikey T
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Laura Leaney
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: English teachers
I hovered between a rating of 3 and 4 stars on this. The book has value for English teachers, but like many books chock full of "activities" to elicit deeper meaning from text, it's a little dry, especially on the back end. I like Gallagher's sensibility though. I would trust him as a reader, because he knows that "reading is not an all-or-nothing proposition. There are gray areas." I wish someone would tell the people at Common Core. I also agree with his stance that "learning begins when we en ...more
Dawn
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Must-have resource for all middle and secondary school English teachers!
Kate
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
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
Carrie
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pedagogy
Another Gallagher blockbuster! Deeper Reading explores how teachers can get kids to not just fake read or highjack others who have done the work. He sets up the justification for incorporating choice and an open-workshop type atmosphere in the classroom. He also touts the idea of giving kids the space and time to read in the classroom. Great practical ideas that I can see readily incoporpating into my own classroom.
Mark
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.
Heather Munao
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teaching
This book offered a philosophy (first draft reading and second draft reading) which makes sense when you think about how nicely it connects to what we try to tell kids about editing, drafting, etc. He offered a lot of suggestions/strategies for "second draft" reading ideas. I put bookmarks all over it! Gallagher really makes me want to be a great teacher.
Mrsandrukat
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing I will use it every time I plan a new unit!
Kristin
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
Great book....awesome strategies I can use tomorrow, next month, next year. Quick read, entertaining, and insightful. Recommend for all teachers, not just ELA.
Angie
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2017
This is a wonderful book that shares some wonderful insights into how to teach older readers to read more deeply. I loved that the strategies shared are not complicated and will be easy to implement!
ATB
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Invaluable
Kristin Bateman
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was assigned this book for a graduate class I'm currently taking, and didn't have the highest expectations because well, 1.) It's a "school book" and 2.) Teachers are horrible students, in general.

My mind was blown! This text is INCREDIBLE and has so much to offer that will totally shift how I teach reading, and I admittedly have been teaching for fifteen years. What floors me even more is the copyright is 2004...and what Gallagher was suggesting was unheard of in pedagogy at the time. Now wh
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Jamie
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, but I couldn't fall in love with it in the same way I do about works by Penny Kittle or Donalyn Miller. I acknowledge that may be too high a standard for a pedagogical text, but there it is.

This book is highly practical, so it's valuable in that it offers a large number of activities that can be applied to different types of texts, and while his examples often target high school students (or adults), they illustrate how the ideas might be adapted for younger students.

One slig
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Claudia
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
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Debbie
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Lablover
Mar 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
I don't know if it's from more than twenty years of teaching special education or the fact that I have taught every level from preschool through high school but I didn't find this book illuminating. Gallagher talks about focusing the reader and activating prior knowledge as if this is something new. I learned that as an undergrad and was required to demonstrate it in lesson plans during student teaching in every lesson. The strategies that he presents, for the most part, are "old hat" to me. Gal ...more
Alex Harrow
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
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
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GNOWP
Mar 12, 2010 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
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Kristin
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching-books
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
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Theresa Maher
Aug 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: frustrated English teachers
Recommended to Theresa by: read it for a class
Shelves: teachingbooksj
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
Beth
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

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
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Chris May
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really solid book full of strategies, and assignments, for teaching kids the importance of reading and re-reading a text for different purposes to ferret out "deeper meaning" in a text (hence the title). I can see many of these assignments/strategies integrating into my Language Arts curriculum and pumping up the rigor in some of my other projects. Although this book seems more geared to high school, the lessons could be adapted to younger (and older) audiences pretty easily. And although he s ...more
Kari S
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
N
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: education-theory
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.
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
Cathy
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: professional
Deeper Reading was written for teachers of grades 4-12. Therefore, aS a 3rd grade teacher, I found many of the activities would be out of reach for my students. However, I found it extremely helpful to be reminded where my instruction is taking my students. In other words, I was reminded how important the foundation is to our students' reading journey. Specific ideas in the book that were of particular interest to me: prior knowledge, engagement, understanding of genre, reading variety, context ...more
Cristi Julsrud
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This was probably my least favorite of Gallagher's books so far. I was distracted by a lot of technicalities. I found the font off-putting, there were quite a few spelling and grammatical errors, and some of the student work samples were flat-out incorrect. It seemed somewhat sloppy to me, especially given that his books are usually examples of excellent professional writing. The ideas are great, and I will definitely be implementing some of the strategies in my classroom. The section on metapho ...more
Elie
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have I mentioned recently that Kelly Gallagher is my teaching hero?

This professional development book is incredibly readable and full of practical and ingenious strategies to help students from upper elementary through high school comprehend challenging texts. He begins with a flowchart of sorts that outlines the different components of teaching a difficult text. Then each chapter is devoted to each of the steps. I'll be making a copy of this chart and adding in details of the strategies to han
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