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The versatile and practical handbook to promote students' literacy and learning!

Scores of children across the country do not read with comprehension, and literacy has become a national priority. In Literacy Matters, internationally recognized author, educational coach, and consultant Robin Fogarty defines and reviews 15 practical literacy approaches that teachers can use across all content areas and grade levels to help students develop essential literacy skills. This user-friendly resource provides strategies for immediate implementation with an overview of the research and best practices associated with each strategy.

With an easy-to-use menu that enables teachers to select the specific strategies they want to use to boost content-area literacy and comprehension, this valuable guide explores proven instructional methods such as

Teaching metacognitive student thinking; Creating literature circles; Involving parents and community; Tapping into prior knowledge; Using technology to impact literacy acquisition

Put these strategies to use in your classroom, and watch as your students improve their reading and comprehension, and apply these tools for success across content areas and in their lives!

Interact with Seven Strategies to Comprehend (Phantom Skill)
Interact with seven strategies to comprehend (phantom skill)

Comprehension is an interesting concept. It is often referred to as a skill, and, in fact, it is considered the key skill in reading. Yet, it is also called the “phantom skill.” While teachers talk about comprehension and reference it frequently, as one examines the intricacies of reading instruction, one finds that the skill of comprehension is not explicitly taught.

To improve comprehension, teachers can teach active reading strategies. An active reader is an interactive reader. Interactive readers use seven key interactions as they read (Keene & Zimmerman, 1997). The seven strategies are as follows:

  • Schema theory
  • Asking questions
  • Finding themes
  • Visualizing
  • Making inferences
  • Summarizing
  • Using fix up strategies.
  • Each of the seven is briefly discussed in the following ...
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