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102 Reading Response Lessons

102 Reading Response Lessons
Improving Comprehension Skills for Test Day--and Beyond

November 2005 | 312 pages | Corwin

Empower your students to skillfully analyze and respond in writing to any comprehension question!

Helping students comprehend what they read is a challenging goal, but even more daunting is teaching students to answer comprehension questions in writing. Based on the author's interactions with her students, this innovative text presents a five-step method that has proven not only to help students improve their literacy skills for standardized tests but also, and more important, to help them respond to what they read in your classroom and beyond.

This resource presents a process that requires only two 30-minute sessions per week and can be used across content areas and grade levels. Using the built-in scaffolding, students quickly learn how to dismantle even the most challenging comprehension questions and respond to them in clear, sophisticated paragraphs. Numerous rubrics are included, empowering students to:

  • Analyze and respond effectively in writing to comprehension questions
  • Develop and enhance critical vocabulary skills
  • Learn to assess their own work
  • Recognize what constitutes powerful writing

Enhance your students' ability and confidence to skillfully analyze and respond in writing to any comprehension question!

About the Author
Section 1: Guiding Reading Response in Your Classroom
1. An Introduction
2. Planning and Implementation
3. Lesson Plans
4. One Rubric for Every Response
5. Data Collection
6. Suggested Texts
7. Anchor Pieces for Selected Questions
8. Independent Reading Logs
Section 2: Comprehension (An Understanding of What Was Read)
9. Comprehension of Narrative Texts
10. Comprehension of Informational Texts
11. Comprehension of Functional Texts
Section 3: Application (Organization, Clarification, Conclusions)
12. Application of Narrative Texts
13. Application of Informational Texts
14. Application of Functional Texts
Section 4: Analysis (Compare Content to Personal Experiences)
15. Analysis of Narrative Texts
16. Analysis of Informational Texts
17. Analysis of Functional Texts
Section 5: Synthesis (Organizing the Content in New Ways)
18. Synthesis of Narrative Texts
19. Synthesis of Informational Texts
20. Synthesis of Functional Texts
Section 6: Evaluation (Making a Judgment)
21. Evaluation of Narrative Texts
22. Evaluation of Informational Texts
23. Evaluation of Functional Texts
Key features

§         Standards-based, six-trait writing model focus

§         Requires only 30 minutes, two times a week

§         129 sample comprehension questions

§         Can be used with the books already being used in class

§         Allows for teacher flexibility/input but requires minimal teacher preparation time

§         Useful across content areas

§         Numerous reproducibles

ü       Scoring rubrics

ü       Student worksheets/organizational tools

§         Numerous student response samples

§         Strategies have been classroom tested and refined.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Introduction/Chapter 1

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