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I Read It, but I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers / Edition 1

I Read It, but I Don't Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers / Edition 1

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I Read It, but I Don't Get It is a practical, engaging account of how teachers can help adolescents develop new reading comprehension skills. Cris Tovani is an accomplished teacher and staff developer who writes with verve and humor about the challenges of working with students at all levels of achievement—from those who have mastered the art of "fake reading" to college-bound juniors and seniors who struggle with the different demands of content-area textbooks and novels.

Enter Cris' classroom, a place where students are continually learning new strategies for tackling difficult text. You will be taken step-by-step through practical, theory-based reading instruction that can be adapted for use in any subject area. The book features:anecdotes in each chapter about real kids with real universal problems. You will identify with these adolescents and will see how these problems can be solved;a thoughtful explanation of current theories of comprehension instruction and how they might be adapted for use with adolescents;a What Works section in each of the last seven chapters that offers simple ideas you can immediately employ in your classroom. The suggestions can be used in a variety of content areas and grade levels(6-12);teaching tips and ideas that benefit struggling readers as well as proficient and advanced readers;appendixes with reproducible materials that you can use in your classroom, including coding sheets, double entry diaries, and comprehension constructors.

In a time when students need increasingly sophisticated reading skills, this book will provide support for teachers who want to incorporate comprehension instruction into their daily lesson plans without sacrificing content knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571100894
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 142,482
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cris Tovani taught first grade to seniors for 31 years. Her entire career has been spent trying to figure out the “knowing-doing” gap. Researchers tell teachers what they should be doing but actually doing it with 125+ students is a whole new ball game. Throughout her career, Cris has tried to take reading and writing research and apply it to all levels of learners. She loves sharing her success and failures with colleagues around the world so they too, can better serve students.

Cris most recently worked with secondary English language learners from a high poverty district in Colorado that was in its fourth year of turnaround. Currently, Cris is facilitating literacy labs in several different states to promote collaboration among colleagues. In addition, she has the pleasure of working with administrators to build their background knowledge on best practices so they are able to give teachers useful feedback about instruction.

Cris is a internationally known consultant focusing on issues of reading, content comprehension and assessment in secondary classrooms. She has been an adjunct professor and is the author of four books: I Read it but I Don’t Get ItDo I Really Have to Teach Reading?So, What do They Really Know? And No More Telling as Teaching:  Less Lecture, More Engaged Learning.

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I Read It, But I Don't Get It : Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has very straightforward strategies that can be implemented immediately and receive tremendous results. I highly recommend this book for teachers or parents that have struggling readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where was Tovani when I was a high school student? If my teachers taught what Tovani teaches in her classroom, I would have learned more and been a successful student. Now, many year later, as a new teacher, I am grateful for instructors like Tovani who share their success and know-how.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book contains so much information. It is well written and addresses many of the problems that teachers complain about. My advice is if you are having problems, get this book and stop complaining. Goes across all content areas.
BJScrapper More than 1 year ago
It would have been nice if this was a downloadable e-book . . . it is time for non-fiction to start catching up with fiction in the e-book world.
wrmjr66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tovani is a reading specialist who explains the problems many struggling readers have at the secondary level. She also sheds light on troubles more able readers can have when they tackle more difficult texts. She gives a number of examples from her own teaching and provides clear suggestions for helping students overcome their problems and become better readers. She makes it clear that becoming a better reader takes work, but we all know that it is worth the effort.
chellerystick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am teaching an undergrad course online and picked this up to see if there would be useful ideas for content teachers. It's going to be a little to apply, but yes, I think so. Most important is the idea of modeling. Specific examples and questions are provided. What I felt I could have used more of was 1. information on detecting reading problems in my students and 2. application examples over a wider range of disciplines and ages.
stevetempo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice professional reading for teachers of all content areas. The work features great explanations, descriptions and application suggestions of reading strategies for adolescent students. These strategies are nothing radical new, but are excellently presented from a practicing teachers point of view. They are designed to engage the student and get them to think, appreciate and understand reading. Ready made templates that can be applied directly in the classroom are also included in the back. A great starter for the coming academic year.
cathyonh More than 1 year ago
Another great read. Teaching comprehension, then this is a definate pick up! How often do our students read with no understanding of what they are reading. Let's make the text accessible. It's a small investment but its rewards are endless!
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