Thoughtful Reading (Video)

Teaching Comprehension to Adolescents

Teachers of adolescent readers face many challenges. Some students are skilled at decoding text but have few strategies for understanding complex genres. Others have entered their teen years struggling to decode even the simplest books and articles. Through her highly successful book, I Read It but I Don't Get It, Cris Tovani, a high school teacher in Denver, Colorado, has provided welcome advice to teachers on the reading strategies that worked in her classroom.

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Teachers of adolescent readers face many challenges. Some students are skilled at decoding text but have few strategies for understanding complex genres. Others have entered their teen years struggling to decode even the simplest books and articles. Through her highly successful book, I Read It but I Don't Get It, Cris Tovani, a high school teacher in Denver, Colorado, has provided welcome advice to teachers on the reading strategies that worked in her classroom.

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About the Author(s)

Cris Tovani taught first grade to seniors for 31 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

Tape 1: No Magic Formula: Teaching Struggling Readers (25:34)
“Figuring out how to teach kids to read” 0:00-8:39 (8:39)

  • First Hour: College Prep English 3:26-4:49 (1:23)
  • Second and Third Hour: Reading Workshop 4:50-7:18 (2:28)
  • Cris’s Four Principles 7:19-8:39 (1:20)

Second and Third Hour: Reading Workshop 8:40-25:34 (16:56)

  • Strategy Instruction: Getting Started 9:23-11:10 (1:47)
  • Strategy Instruction: Whole Class, Short Text 11:11-18:03 (6:52)
  • Individual Conferences 18:04-21:28 (3:24)
  • “You’re smarter today than you were yesterday” 21:29-24:14 (2:45)
  • “What did you do to figure it out?” 24:15-25:34 (1:19)

Tape 2: Beyond the Game of School: College-Bound Seniors (23:41)

  • First Hour: College Prep English 0:00-3:13 (3:13)
  • Strategy Instruction: Slowing Down 3:14-4:53 (1:39)
  • The Sunflower: Constructing Meaning from Difficult Text 4:54-19:58 (15:26)
  • Organizing Thinking 8:26-11:24 (2:58)
  • Strategy Instruction: Think Aloud 11:25-16:38 (5:13)
  • Strategy Instruction: Reading-Writing Connection 16:39-19:58 (3:19)
  • Reading Response Logs 19:59-22:28 (2:29)
  • “It isn’t just a game.” 22:29-23:41 (1:12)

Tape 3: Engaging Students: Choice, Respect, and Talk (22:20)

  • Establishing a Climate of Respect 0:00-3:25 (3:25)
  • “Selfish Reading” 3:26-5:05 (1:39)
  • Small-Group Instruction: Go Ask Alice 5:06-20:13 (15:07)
  • Calendars 20:14-22:20 (2:06)

Tape 4: Making Thinking Visible: Comprehension Tools (24:51)

  • “Show me your thinking.” 0:00-13:02 (13:02)
  • Second and Third Hour: Reading Workshop 2:26-3:49 (1:23)
  • Small-Group Instruction 3:50-13:02 (14:12)
  • Comprehension Constructors 13:03-18:32 (5:29)
  • Highlighting Kids’ Work 18:33-21:04 (2:31)
  • Assessment 21:05-23:32 (2:27)
  • “What I’m doing can be replicated.” 23:33-24:51 (1:18)

Product Details

Grade Range: 6-12
Media: 120 minutes, 2 discs + viewing guide
Year: 2002
Item No: WEB-0467
ISBN: 978-157110-467-0

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