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Teaching for Deep Comprehension

A Reading Workshop Approach

Linda J. Dorn and Carla Soffos

Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos describe the process of comprehension as a reflection of the mind—a window into the reader's thoughts. In Teaching for Deep Comprehension, they discuss how teachers can use the social context of reading workshop to promote deep comprehension. Linda and Carla help teachers develop a better understanding of what it means to comprehend while reading by meshing theories of comprehension with everyday practical examples. Supporting the text is a DVD containing eighty-five minutes of video from a first-grade reading workshop, an adult book discussion, a fourth-grade reading workshop, and other settings.

 


Foreword by Carol A. Lyons

Product Details

  • Author: Linda J. Dorn and Carla Soffos
  • ISBN: 978-157110-403-8
  • Year:2005
  • Media: 200 pp/paper and 85-minute DVD
  • Grade Range: K-6
  • Item No: WEB-0403


Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos describe the process of comprehension as a reflection of the mind—a window into the reader's thoughts. In Teaching for Deep Comprehension, they discuss comprehension from a socio-cognitive perspective — specifically, how teachers can use the social context of reading workshop to promote deep comprehension. The book is framed around three guiding questions:

  • Can comprehension be taught?
  • How does a model become a barrier to comprehension?
  • When does a tool become the reason for reading?

Linda and Carla mesh complex theories of comprehension with everyday practical examples in such a way as to help teachers develop a better understanding of what it means to comprehend while reading. The book's appendix contains a wealth of reproducible materials, including text maps, graphic organizers, book lists, and resource charts. Supporting the text is a DVD containing eighty-five minutes of video from a first-grade reading workshop (shared reading, author studies, share time), an adult book discussion, a fourth-grade reading workshop (mini-lesson and literature discussion groups), and other settings.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Understanding Comprehension
2. Reading for Deep Comprehension
3. Language for Literacy Learning
4. Teaching for Strategic Processing
5. Understanding Language for Comprehending Texts
6. A Workshop Approach to Literacy Learning
7. Creating Literature Discussion Groups
8. Designing Mini-Lessons for Deep Comprehension

Appendix
Section I: Shared Reading Aids
Section II: Professional Development Activities
Section III: Glossary of Genres; Book Lists by Genre and Grade Level; Genre Descriptions, Questions, and Text Maps; Graphic Organizers
Section IV: Rubrics for Assessment
Section V: Correlation of DVD Chapters and Segments to Book Chapters
References
Index

About the Authors

Linda Dorn
Linda Dorn is a professor of reading education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she is the director of the UALR Center for Literacy. She teaches graduate classes in literacy theory, research, classroom practice, and literacy leadership. >more

Carla Soffos
Carla is a literacy specialist with the Arkansas Department of Education. She has twenty-one years of experience in education, including teaching in the primary grades and Literacy Coaching. >more

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