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Rigorous Reading, Texas Edition
5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts

Adapted Edition

Foreword by Gretchen Bernabei



February 2018 | 184 pages | Corwin

Newly revised and updated throughout, this new Texas Edition has been specially developed to align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards.

What it really means to "read closely."

What could Fern Arable, Jay Gatsby, and Winston Churchill possibly have in common? They all need masterful teachers to help students revel in their complexity. And Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher are just the two mentors to help you make that happen. Call it close reading, call it deep reading, call it analytic reading - call it what you like. The point is, it's a level of understanding that students of any age can achieve with the right kind of instruction. In Rigorous Reading, Nancy and Doug articulate an instructional plan so clearly, and so squarely built on research, that teachers, schools, and districts need look no further.

The 5 Access Points Toward Proficiency Purpose & Modeling:

  1. Teachers think aloud to demonstrate critical thinking and how good readers always know why they are reading.
  2. Close & Scaffolded Reading Instruction: Teachers engage students in repeated readings and discussions, with text-dependent questions, prompts, and cues to help students delve into an author's ideas.
  3. Collaborative Conversations: Teachers orchestrate collaborative learning to get students in the habit of exercising their analytical thinking in the presence of their peers.
  4. An Independent Reading Staircase: Teachers artfully steer students to more challenging books, with strategic bursts of instruction and peer conferences to foster metacognitive awareness.
  5. Performance: Teachers offer feedback and assessments that help students demonstrate understanding of text in authentic ways and plan instruction based on student understanding.

There's more . . . Also included are illustrative classroom video clips available via QR codes along with an online Facilitator's Guide with PowerPoints--making Rigorous Reading the only resource a teacher, school, or district needs to seriously stretch students' capacity to read and comprehend text.

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. The recipient of the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association, she is also a teacher-leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College and a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California. Nancy can be reached at nfrey@mail.sdsu.edu. Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, NCTE's Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. He is a credentialed English teacher and administrator in California. Doug can be reached at dfisher@mail.sdsu.edu. Nancy and Doug collaborate often. Text Complexity (IRA, 2012) is among their many best-selling texts - and Rigorous Reading's precursor, which explains what exactly makes a text "hard."

 
 
List of Videos
 
Foreword
 
INTRODUCTION: Your Access Point
 
CHAPTER 1. Ramping Up for Complex Texts
Reading Complex Texts  
A New Definition of Text Complexity  
Reading Closely and Carefully  
The Importance of Comprehension Strategies Instruction for Accessing Complex Texts  
Accessing Complex Texts Through a Gradual Release of Responsibility  
Summary  
 
CHAPTER 2. Access Point One: Modeling and Learning Intentions
Accessing Complex Text Requires Modeling  
Accessing Complex Text Requires a Clear Learning Intention  
Summary  
 
CHAPTER 3. Access Point Two: Close and Scaffolded Reading Instruction
Accessing Complex Text Requires Close Reading  
Accessing Complex Text Requires Scaffolded Reading Instruction  
Summary  
 
CHAPTER 4. Access Point Three: Collaborative Conversations
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Collaborative Conversations  
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Student-to- Student Interaction  
Summary  
 
CHAPTER 5. Access Point Four: An Independent Reading Staircase
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Wide, Independent Reading  
Increasing At-Home Reading  
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Conferring  
Summary  
 
CHAPTER 6. Access Point Five: Assessing Students’ Understanding
Checking for Understanding  
Summary  
 
Coda
 
References
 
Index

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