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1 Comprehension Connections
Linked to: Strategies That Work

2 Best Way to Teach Comprehension Strategies
Teacher Modeling Guided Practice Independent Practice Application of the Strategy in Real Reading Situations

3 Best Practice Instruction: Showing Kids How
Reading aloud Thinking aloud and coding the text Lifting text Reasoning through the text Providing anchor experiences Rereading for deeper meaning

4 Strategies That Work Making Connections Visualizing
Determining Importance Drawing Inferences Asking Questions Synthesizing Information Mosaic of Thought, Ellen Keen Strategies That Work, Harvey & Goudvia On Solid Ground, Sharon Taberski

5 Tanny McGregor “This is just what I want to do for children: Provide concrete instruction that jump-starts them into the realm of strategic thinking. With each lesson I construct, I want to empower students with tools of language, building their confidence as they bridge the known to the new. For many of them it will be a new deal, where thinking replaces the right answer, where meaning is created and not simply received.” Comprehension Connections, Tanny McGregor

6 Metacognition: It’s the thought that counts
Real Reading Salad Warriors of God Fake out when I read…. Fake reading I Read It, but I Don’t Get It, Chris Tovani 2001 Don’t Laugh at Me (use for salad) Think and Text bowls Venn Diagram (book and head) The Thought Bubble Buzzy the Bumblebee, Denise Brennan-Nelson Animals Asleep, Sneed Collard Reading Salad Red and green cut up paper 2 small bowls (TEXT …. THINKING) Large bowl (The Real Reading Salad) Don’t Laugh at Me, Venn Diagram – book & head Thought Bubble Buzzy the Bumblebee Animals Asleep

7 What Good Readers Do … Track their own thinking
Notice when they lose focus Stop and go back Reread to understand Read ahead to find meaning Identify what is causing the confusion Know that every question is important Think critically and are able to disagree Match the difficulty with the strategy that will best solve it

8 Drawing Inferences The Garbage Story …. Formula charts for inference
Every inference must be directly supported by evidence The Garbage Story …. Formula charts for inference Bag of garbage Formula charts for Inference

9 Asking Questions Children believe that asking questions is for ‘dummies’, and they know that far too many adults don’t appreciate inquisitive minds. Even worse, excessive testing has taught students to spend their energies in pursuit of the one right answer, never mind any questions that the reader might have. “Children enter school as question marks ? and come out as periods .”

10 Questioning The Rock….special to me The Lemonade Crime
Questioning Thinking Stems Poster The author strings you along and your questions fuel the drive to keep reading The Lemonade Crime Books by David Wiesner (wordless) Free Fall Tuesday Sector 7 Rock Thinking stems poster The Lemonade Crime Wordless Books Free Fall Tuesday Sector 7

11 Quotes about Questioning
“One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything.” Lichtenberg, scientist “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Einstein “The answers aren’t important really…What’s important is –know all the questions.”Snyder, author “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.”Thurber, humorist “Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.”African proverb “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” Voltaire, philosopher “All men by nature desire to know.” Aristotle, philosopher “The desire to know is natural to good men.” DaVinci, artist

12 Determining Importance
Children need to know how to single out and process what is meaningful and how to recognize and set aside distractions in text and in daily life. CNN (text and images in 5 minutes) Graphs Maps Titles Subheadings Bulleted information Dow, NASDAQ, S&P Pictures within pictures Scrolling weather and news Three changes of anchors and sets Time in three zones Correspondents’ names and credits

13 Determining Importance
Determining Importance chart My Purse Straining the Spaghetti A Circle of Friends by Giora Carmi That’s Wild books in Bookrooms “In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information.” D’Angelo, author “The truth is more important than the facts.” Frank Lloyd Wright “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Einstein “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Carnegie Determining Importance chart Purse Spaghetti That’s Wild Books

14 Synthesizing The Nesting Dolls All dolls lined up in ascending order
The bigger I get, the bigger my thinking gets. I grow and change and so does my thinking. It reminds me of what happens in cartoons, when a snowball rolls down a hill. When I read new information, I just add it to stuff I already know. My thinking used to be one thing, but now it is something else. The Nesting Dolls

15 Spiral (Spiral slides, notebook, lollipops, cinnamon rolls)
Put the nesting dolls together – Largest stands alone Big ideas are made up of little ideas. You can’t always tell how much thinking happened to get to a big idea. We hold all of our thinking inside of us. Our best thinking starts out with something small. The Littlest Matryoshka, Corrine Demas Bliss Spiral (Spiral slides, notebook, lollipops, cinnamon rolls) The Littlest Matryoshka

16 The Metacognition Umbrella

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