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Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension
Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension
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Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension

When K-5 students understand how to read text features like diagrams, bullets, insets, and tables, they are reading the whole page—essential for deep comprehension of nonfiction and fiction text. In this revised edition of Reading the Whole Page: Teaching and Assessing Text Features to Meet K-5 Common Core Standards, seasoned educators Michelle Kelley and Nicki Clausen-Grace show you how to explicitly teach K-5 students to read text features, use them to navigate text, and include them in their own writing. The classroom-proven mini-lessons, activities, and assessment tools in Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension help you: teach relevant Common Core State Standards and grade-level expectations; diagnose, monitor, and meet student needs with one of two level-appropriate assessments; evaluate knowledge with a unique picture book that can be downloaded that illustrates all the text features; and monitor and guide differentiated instruction with a convenient class profile. Sixty mini-lessons for teaching print, graphic, and organizational features provide ample choices for meeting the standards while adapting to students’ needs. Flexible lessons, which follow the gradual release of responsibility model and increase in difficulty, can be used within the typical 90-minute reading block, during content-area instruction, in small groups, and as part of independent practice opportunities like literacy centers. Each lesson offers concept review, suggestions for differentiation, assessment options, and technology connections, requiring students to find, explore, manipulate, and create text features in their own writing. Even more activities—from text feature walks to scavenger hunts—help students integrate text feature knowledge as they read. The downloadable materials provided online include important resources and convenient lesson supports, such as interactive thinksheets that can be filled out directly on the computer, visual examples of each text feature, rubrics, the assessment picture book, and readers’ theatre scripts. 

 
ISBN978-1-4966-0298-5
SubjectLiteracy, Common Core
Page Count232
Copyright2016
SeriesMaupin House
Paperback
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$24.95
 


 
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Connie Dierking, Literacy Coach, teacher, and author - Linking K-2 Literacy and the Common Core: Mini-Lessons that Work!

"Connie Dierking, Literacy Coach, teacher, and author of Linking K-2 Literacy and the Common Core: Mini-Lessons that Work!: Locating text features is just the beginning of comprehending all types of text. Explicit instruction in their use is the navigational gateway for successful reading. Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension provides teachers with a common language necessary for guidance in text feature instruction. Michelle and Nicki have provided sixty mini-lessons that are teacher and student friendly. Ideas for introducing and reading various features allow teachers to differentiate instruction in fun and meaningful ways. The extensive appendix provides everything you would need to teach features in large group, small group and even in literacy centers. A very valuable resource for teaching text features well!" - Connie Dierking, Literacy Coach, teacher, and author

October 8, 2015

School Library Connection - Holly Weimar, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

"This resource offers guidance for teaching and evaluating students’ learning of nonfiction text features. Chapters cover print, graphic, and organizational features, and include mini-lessons that progress from simple to more complex features. A number of mini-lessons are provided with real-world examples and support materials, including a list of suggested titles for teaching. . . .The final chapter moves the focus from students learning individual text features to integrating the use of multiple text features when reading to learn. Recommended." - School Library Connection

March 1, 2016

Michelle Kelley

Michelle Kelley

Michelle Kelley is an associate professor in reading at the University of Central Florida, teaching pre-service educators and graduate students. She also provides professional development to teachers and administrators. Michelle previously taught in Maine and Florida and served as a professional developer for FLaRE (Florida Literacy and Reading Excellence Center). She is the co-author of Teaching Text Features to Support Comprehension and Reading the Whole Page: Teaching and Assessing Text Features to Meet K-5 Common Core Standards.

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