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Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? Content Comprehension, Grades 6-12 workshop by: Jack Decker, Deb Keeler summer 2008 Cris Tovani 2004.

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1 Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? Content Comprehension, Grades 6-12 workshop by: Jack Decker, Deb Keeler summer 2008 Cris Tovani 2004

2 Morning Agenda 9:00 – 12:00  9:00 – 9:30 Introduction, Review, Activity  9:30 – 10:30 – Engaged Reading with group.  10:30 – 10:45 Video Clip Tovani  10:45 – 11:30 – Video Clip  11:30 – 12:00 – Wrap up & Challenge

3 A Review from Academic Literacy I  GOOD READERS HAVE MORE EARNING POWER UPON GRADUATION!  Strong readers use strategies to help them understand text (any text).  These students become aware of their own thinking processes & monitor their comprehension.  It is all about holding their thinking so that they can reuse the content.  Reading becomes more complex as students enter middle & high school.  Strong readers activate prior knowledge, self-question,draw inferences, determine what’s important, employ fix-up strategies, and use images.  Find a purpose for reading!

4 READING REASONS Kelly Gallagher  Reading is rewarding  Reading Builds vocabulary  Reading helps you become a Better Writer  Reading is Hard & Necessary  Reading makes you Smarter  Prepares you for work ($)  Financially Rewarding  Opens door to University  Arms you against Oppression  Develops a Moral Compass

5 The Question?  How comfortable are you modeling a strategy to help students become better readers of your content area?

6 QUESTION?  What Kinds of Text do you have a difficult time reading?  Use this to your advantage when teaching struggling students

7 The Challenge!  Being pressured to cover so much material in so little time makes it almost impossible to teach anything well.  “Everyone involved – teachers, students, parents, - would benefit from a leaner, meaner, comprehension curriculum composed of a handful of key strategies taught well and frequently applied to read text.” (Tovani)  Teach Students to READ for a PURPOSE.  Students Question what & why they read different text.

8  It’s Not That Simple!

9 Final thought before Reading  Teaching strategies for the sake of teaching strategies isn’t the goal  The only reason to teach PEOPLE how to be strategic readers is to help them become more thoughtful about their reading.  Teach the value of being a good reader.  We will teach students how to read, BUT let’s try to teach them why we need to be good readers as well.  PURPOSE, PURPOSE, PURPOSE!

10  Meaning doesn’t arrive because we have highlighted text or used sticky notes or written the right words on a comprehension worksheet.  Meaning arrives because we are purposefully engaged in thinking while we read!

11 Purpose of this Class Literacy II  To become engaged in the reading of Cris Tovani’s book, Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?  To become an expert in one chapter of this text.  To teach others about your thinking and how you could implement these ideas within your classroom.  Question Tovani’s ideas.  Try an idea from Tovani’s book and implement in your classroom.

12 Double – Entry Diary  Quote or description from reading  “School should not be a place where young people come to watch old people work.”  Record of your thinking  I wonder  This reminds me of  My thinking has changed  I’m inferring  A question I have

13 ACTIVE READING  Find a partner and review the statements from the chapter you are given.  Discuss the concepts mentioned in your chapter. Interact with the text (connect, agree, disagree, image, talk to text, Think Aloud).  Be prepared to make a brief presentation to the group

14 CHALLENGE!  Take a concept from Cris Tovani’s book, Do I Have to Teach Reading, and implement one or more of her ideas in your classroom in the beginning of the school term  Be prepared to share with the class during session two in October 2007

15  Three Cups of Tea  By Greg Mortenson


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