I Read It, but I Don't Get It

Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers

I Read It, but I Don't Get It is a practical, engaging account of how teachers can help adolescents develop new reading comprehension skills. Cris Tovani is an accomplished teacher and staff developer who writes with verve and humor about the challenges of working with students at all levels of achievement—from those who have mastered the art of "fake reading" to college-bound juniors and seniors who struggle with the different demands of content-area textbooks and novels.

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Enter Cris's classroom, a place where students are continually learning new strategies for tackling difficult text. You will be taken step-by-step through practical, theory-based reading instruction that can be adapted for use in any subject area. The book features:

  • anecdotes in each chapter about real kids with real universal problems. You will identify with these adolescents and will see how these problems can be solved;
  • a thoughtful explanation of current theories of comprehension instruction and how they might be adapted for use with adolescents;
  • a "What Works" section in each of the last seven chapters that offers simple ideas you can immediately employ in your classroom. The suggestions can be used in a variety of content areas and grade levels (6-12);
  • teaching tips and ideas that benefit struggling readers as well as proficient and advanced readers;
  • appendixes with reproducible materials that you can use in your classroom, including coding sheets, double-entry diaries, and comprehension constructors.

In a time when students need increasingly sophisticated reading skills, this book will provide support for teachers who want to incorporate comprehension instruction into their daily lesson plans without sacrificing content knowledge.

 

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About the Author(s)

Cris Tovani taught first through twelfth grade for thirty-one years. Her entire career has been spent trying to figure out the “knowing-doing” gap. Researchers tell teachers what they should be doing, but actually doing it with 125+ students is a whole new ball game.

Table of Contents

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Foreword by Ellin Oliver Keene
Acknowledgments
Part One: Setting the Stage
1. Fake Reading
2. The Realities of Reading
Part Two: In Support of Strategic Reading
3. Purposes for Reading: Access Tools
4. Conversations with Cantos: Tracking Confusion to Its Source
5. Fix It!
6. Connecting the New to the Known
7. What Do You Wonder?
8. Outlandish Responses: Taking Inferences Too Far
9. "What's the Plan?"
Part Three: Access Tools
Appendix A: Double-Entry Diaries
Appendix B: Comprehension Constructors
Appendix C: Coding Sheets

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Product Details

Grade Range: 6-12
Media: 152 pp/paper
Year: 1999
Item No: 0089
ISBN: 978-1-57110-089-4

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