Deeper Reading by Kelly Gallagher
Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12
Major Concepts of the Book
HOW DO WE GET STUDENTS TO SEE THE VALUE IN READING?
- Teach the challenging texts. That's why we're here!
- Focus the reader by framing the text, tapping into BK or help shape schema
- Prepare students well enough for 1st draft reading - KNOW your students
- Deepen Comprehension through 2nd draft reading - 3 questions
- Allow students to collaborate to further enhance understanding
- Guide students to meaningful reflection
Philosophy of the Author
- Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development - Scaffolding
- Collaboration promotes new connections and new insights from listening and learning from multiple viewpoints. "Reading comprehension...takes place in and is governed by a specific context, and it is dependent on social interaction." p. 216
Deeper Reading and EDAP 636
Gallagher closely aligns with the following chapters in Best Practices:
Chapter 6 - Adolescent Literacy Instruction
Chapter 7 - Motivating Students to Read
Chapter 10 - Comprehension Instruction
My biggest challenge with my 7th graders: How do I get them to read with a critcial eye?
- "Why are we reading this?"
- Understanding prior knowledge can adversely impact student motiviation
- Reading issue with on demand writing. (Say/Mean chart)
- I want a purpose when I read as well!
"Have I provided enough framing? Did I address my students' prior knowledge? Have I helped them make sense of difficult vocabulary? Have I helped them embrace their confusion?
What can we do as teachers to remove these obstacles?"
Developing the ability to read and pass a test is desirable; developing the ability to read the world is even more important!
Every time something is said, something remains unsaid.
Multiple Viewpoints give students "imaginative rehearsals" they need before they encounter those issues in the outside world