The Reading Room

Working with Vicki Vinton on Meaning Making

A Reading Workshop with Vicki Vinton

Last week, ASD was fortunate to have Vicki Vinton on campus to work with us on helping students derive meaning from text while they are reading. Vicki visited many of the classrooms in the UE school, taught lessons and worked with teachers and administrators throughout the week. This past weekend, I atteneded a two day workshop with Vicki at our NESA Fall Training Institute which was held here at ASD.

Vicki provided practical strategies and methods for helping students to make meaning from text in authentic ways. Students should be having "real" conversations about what they are reading. They need to be thinking, questioning and digging deeper as they read.

"All there is to thinking is seeing something noticeable which makes you see something you weren't noticing which makes you see something that isn't even visible.” Norman MaClean, A River Runs Through it

Before, During and After Reading.....

Ask you child...

What do you know? Can you find evidence in the book to support your thinking?

Then ask...

What are you wondering about?

These types of open ended, thought provoking questions engage children's thinking while they are reading. You will be amazed at the type of discussions your child is capable of when asked these kinds questions.


For the past couple of weeks, grade 3 students have been immersed in a nonfiction reading and writing unit. In The Reading Room, students read their nonfiction books and article They learned how to take notes on their reading. They will now begin to construct paragraphs using their notes. This will be done in their classrooms during writing workshop.

Grade three students are now moving back into reading chapter books for the remainder of our time together.

Before, During and After Questions: Promoting Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking

Did you ever wonder what an interactive read aloud looks like?

Although this video shows children who are younger than most of your children, you can gain a sense of how teachers use interactive read-alouds to get students thinking. Students are asking questions before, during and after reading in order to comprehend the text.