A Summer Book Study for teachers to help reinforce literacy and reading comprehension in the classroom through tools and a literacy rich classroom.

Chapter 3 – Comprehension at the Core: Building Knowledge Through Thinking Intensive Reading

Welcome back to week 2 of our Summer Book Study! This week we are covering chapters 3-5. I know that this may seem like a lot, but in order to finish the book before Greg and I go back to school, we have to combine chapters! 🙂 But on another note, you can go at your own pace and always come back to read what you need!

A Summer Book Study for teachers to help reinforce literacy and reading comprehension in the classroom through tools and a literacy rich classroom.
“…content literacy is no longer a bit player; now it’s the star of the show!” pg 29

Chapter 3 reinforces the common thread of this book, which is that reading requires thinking. And in order for readers to comprehend, they need a plethora of strategies to aid them. So far the first few chapters of this book has laid a foundation of how important thinking is to reading and to move away from generic questions and questioning. Here are a few of my take aways from this chapter.

A Summer Book Study for teachers to help reinforce literacy and reading comprehension in the classroom through tools and a literacy rich classroom.
“In content-rich classrooms, kids are asking questions, inferring, discussing, debating, inquiring, making things, and generating new ideas.” pg 26

Here’s a great example of using environmental print in the classroom!

Classroom Environment and ‘culture’ matters! Much of this chapter speaks about students being given ample opportunities to be exposed to language and to be able to talk, question, and wonder. How is this accomplished in a classroom where the teacher demands/prefers silence or only controlled questions/answers? Let’s all be honest with ourselves and reflect on what REALLY happens in our classrooms.

Chapter 4 – Twenty-First Century Reading: Books and Beyond

Chapter 4 has been one of my most favorite chapters! There were so many ideas in this chapter that I wholeheartedly believe in and think should be shouted from every school rooftop! While I am just sharing a few of my takeaways, please read the chapter in it’s entirety and then come back and comment with your thoughts and ideas!

A Summer Book Study for teachers to help reinforce literacy and reading comprehension in the classroom through tools and a literacy rich classroom.
“Gutherie and Humenick found that when kids had access to a wide range of interesting text that they selected and were able to read, their motivation for reading increased, as did their reading comprehension (2004).” (pg 40)

Reading can NOT happen without books!! As classroom teachers, we need to stop limiting WHAT our students can read!! Make your classroom library the center of your room and accessible to EVERYONE!!

Summer Book Study Chapter 5 – Effective Comprehension Instruction: Teaching, Tone and Assessment

Chapter 5 is again reinforcing that PURPOSEFULLY teaching comprehension strategies is the key to kids comprehending text. Read on for a few of my takeaways from this chapter.

While there was a lot of information in all 3 of these chapters, I definitely gained some amazing nuggets to aid me in teaching, and not just in reading. I am looking forward to the next part of the book, where the authors focus on the comprehension strategies.

What were your takeaways and thoughts on these chapters? I would love to hear them! Feel free to leave your comments here at the end of this post, or meet myself and Greg for our Live chat on FB and Instagram!

Don’t forget to check out Greg’s post here and come back again next week for chapter 6 !!

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    1. Hi Cathy and thanks for your message! I never got a chance to post after week 5, but I’ll make a note to finish and post about the rest of the chapters!

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