Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension: A Guide for Educators

Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension: A Guide for Educators

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Overview

How do K-12 students become self-regulated learners who actively deploy comprehension strategies to make meaning from texts? This cutting-edge guide is the first book to highlight the importance of executive skills for improving reading comprehension. Chapters review the research base for particular executive functions—such as planning, organization, cognitive flexibility, and impulse control—and present practical skills-building strategies for the classroom. Detailed examples show what each skill looks like in real readers, and sidebars draw explicit connections to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Reproducible planning and assessment forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462521166
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 07/31/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kelly B. Cartwright, PhD, is Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Teacher Preparation at Christopher Newport University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cognitive, language, and literacy processes. Her research focuses on the development of skilled reading comprehension and the neurocognitive and affective factors that underlie comprehension processes and difficulties from preschool through adulthood. Dr. Cartwright is the editor of the book Literacy Processes: Cognitive Flexibility in Learning and Teaching. She regularly works with teachers in schools throughout the United States to better understand and improve comprehension instruction for struggling readers.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Skills: What Are They, and Why Are They Important for Developing Thinking Readers?
2. Plans and Goals: Getting Ready to Read
3. Organization: Why Text and Reader Organization Matter
4. Cognitive Flexibility: Juggling Multiple Aspects of Reading
5. Working Memory: Holding and Linking Ideas in Mind While Reading
6. Inhibition and Impulse Control: Resisting Distractions to Support Comprehension
7. Social Understanding: The Importance of Mind Reading for Reading Comprehension
Epilogue: Linking the New with the Old: How Are Familiar Comprehension Skills and Strategies Related to Executive Skills?
Appendix A. Rubric for Assessing Executive Skills in Observations of Your Students’ Reading Behavior
Appendix B. List of Games Related to the Executive Skills Described in This Book
References
Children’s Literature Cited

Interviews

K-12 classroom teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and special educators; school psychologists; teacher educators, graduate students, and researchers. May serve as a text in such courses as Reading Comprehension.

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