Do your students often struggle with difficult novels and other
challenging texts? Do they think one reading of a work is more
than enough? Do they primarily comprehend at a surface-level, and
are they frequently unwilling or unable to discover the deeper
meaning found in multi-layered works? Do you feel that you are
doing more work teaching the novel than they are reading it?
Building on twenty years of teaching language arts, Kelly
Gallagher, author of Reading Reasons, shows how students can be
taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and
difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension. In Deeper
Reading, Kelly shares effective, classroom-tested strategies that
enable your students to:accept the challenge of reading difficult
books;move beyond a "first draft" understanding of the text into
deeper levels of reading; consciously monitor their comprehension
as they read;employ effective fix-it strategies when their
comprehension begins to falter;use meaningful collaboration to
achieve deeper understanding of texts;think metaphorically to
deepen their reading comprehension;reach deeper levels of
reflection by understanding the relevance the book holds for
themselves and their peers;use critical thinking skills to
analyze real-world issues.
Kelly also provides guidance on effective lesson planning that
incorporates strategies for deeper reading.
Funny, poignant, and packed with practical ideas that work in
real classrooms, Deeper Reading is a valuable resource for any
teacher whose students need new tools to uncover the riches found
in complex texts.