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Reading for Meaning: How to Build Students' Comprehension, Reasoning, and Problem-Solving Skills (A Strategic Teacher PLC Guide)
Harvey F. Silver, Susan C. Morris, and Victor Klein
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About This Book
You're holding a new kind of professional development tool called a Strategic Teacher PLC Guide. Designed in partnership with more than 75 schools, Strategic Teacher PLC Guides make the important work of bringing high-impact, research-based instructional practices into every classroom easier than ever before. Each guide focuses on one strategy from the best-selling ASCD book The Strategic Teacher: Selecting the Right Research-Based Strategy for Every Lesson and serves as a complete professional development resource for a team of teachers (or professional learning community) to learn, plan, and implement the strategy in their classrooms.
This guide focuses on Reading for Meaning, a reading and reasoning strategy that helps students understand new ideas, make inferences, and support their thinking with evidence. The strategy is designed around research showing that proficient readers use a specific set of thinking skills to build deep understanding of the texts they read and apply those skills in three distinct phases: before reading, during reading, and after reading. Reading for Meaning gives all students the opportunity to practice this three-phase approach by
Using simple statements to preview and predict before reading.
Actively searching for relevant evidence during reading.
Reflecting on and synthesizing both their learning and their thinking process after reading.
This PLC Guide takes you and your colleagues on a "guided tour" of Reading for Meaning, enabling you to
Learn how Reading for Meaning builds reading, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.
Experience a model lesson using the Reading for Meaning strategy and learn from sample lessons and planning forms designed by other teachers.
Plan a complete Reading for Meaning lesson for your classroom.
Reflect deeply on your lesson to refine and expand your use of the strategy.
Examine student work at various levels of proficiency and use your findings to plan next steps in building students' reading, thinking, and comprehension skills.
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About the Authors
HARVEY F. SILVER is president of Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press. He has conducted numerous workshops for school districts and state education departments throughout the United States. He was the principal consultant for the Georgia Critical Thinking Skills Program and the Kentucky Thoughtful Education Teacher Leadership Program.
SUSAN C. MORRIS, a former classroom teacher, has over two decades of experience developing practical applications for teachers, students, and parents in the areas of learning styles, multiple intelligences, brain-based research, experiential learning, and curriculum design. As a consultant and coach, she uses a train-the-trainer approach to foster sustainable professional development and incorporate technology to enhance and promote continuous professional learning.
VICTOR KLEIN an experienced educator and former building administrator, has been a trainer for Silver Strong & Associates during the last 25 years. He has supervised three Thoughtful Classroom schools at the primary, secondary, and middle school levels. As a trainer, his areas of professional development expertise lie in professional learning communities, teacher rounds, administrative training, and unit and lesson design.
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