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Helping All Students Engage with Complex Texts

Every teacher wants and expects his or her students to be reading increasingly complex texts, yet sometimes the gap between our expectations and our students' abilities seems wide and deep. It's tempting to look at that gap and step in to fill it for them, but then we'd be doing most of the "heavy lifting"—the understanding, analysis, and interpretation that our students should be learning for themselves.

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Every teacher wants and expects his or her students to be reading increasingly complex texts, yet sometimes the gap between our expectations and our students' abilities seems wide and deep. It's tempting to look at that gap and step in to fill it for them, but then we'd be doing most of the "heavy lifting"—the understanding, analysis, and interpretation that our students should be learning for themselves.

So how can teachers reverse this trend and ensure that our students are fully ent...read more

About the Author(s)

Dorothy Barnhouse is an independent literacy consultant and staff developer. She works closely with elementary and secondary teachers in New York City public schools--and throughout the country--to elevate student reading, writing, and thinking.

Table of Contents

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ContentsAcknowledgments
Introduction: Learning to Listen
Chapter 1: Noticing Smarter: Researching What we Don't Know
Chapter 2: Deciding Smarter: Not Teaching -- Yet
Chapter 3: Teaching Smarter: Noticing and Naming
Chapter 4: Teaching Smarter: Stepping Students Up to Do More Complex Thinking in Independent Reading
Chapter 5: Teaching Smarter: Stepping Students Up to Do More Complex Thinking in Small Groups
Chapter 6: Teaching Smarter: Stepping Students Up to Do More Complex Thinking in Read-Aloud and Shared Reading
Conclusion: On Standards, Standardization, and Agency
Appendixes 1-8
References
Index

Product Details

Grade Range: 2-8
Media: 176 pp/paperMedia: E-Book
Year: 2014
Item No: 0967Item No: 1014Item No: B967
ISBN: 978-157110-967-5ISBN: 978-162531-014-9ISBN: 978-15711B-967-5

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