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Reading comprehension : strategies for independent learners
Blachowicz, Camille L. Z.
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New York : Guilford Press, 2001.
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xiii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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LB1573.7 .B53 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For those of us calling for more serious attention to comprehension, especially in the early years of schooling, this book is most welcome. Blachowicz and Ogle have compiled an expansive array of strategies for building comprehension and situated them in an overall literacy program. Their recommendations are grounded in both what good readers do when they read and what good teachers do when they teach. They include numerous examples and artifacts from actual classrooms, as well as frames and formats for use in one's own teaching .

Author Notes

Donna Ogle is Professor of Education at National-Louis University and President elect of the International Reading Association.

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What is revealed in this reading comprehension volume that has not been disclosed in similar volumes? How will this text help to develop effective and independent learners? What mechanisms are needed to create an effective classroom for comprehension instruction to take place? These and other questions are addressed here. Reading comprehension does not just happen at some point in one's life; rather, reading comprehension is a process that takes place over time and with practice. Knowledge, experience, and context affect the way individuals understand, value, and remember what they read. The authors take a closer look at comprehension through context, processes, instruction, and strategies. These strategies address reading for information; reading fiction; developing vocabulary; engaging in research; performing tasks, studying, and taking tests; and encouraging lifelong reading. To achieve full comprehension the process must be self-monitored, motivated and purposeful, socially and individually constructed, and divided into smaller skills and supported by broader strategies. Finally, teachers must help to achieve full comprehension by setting goals, modeling, guiding practice, providing independent practice, and assessing. These practices, among others, will result in effective reading comprehension and independent learning. Appropriate for upper-division undergraduates and above. V. K. Lester Tuskegee University

Table of Contents

1 Learning about Comprehension from Good Readers
2 A Closer Look at Comprehension: Context, Processes, Strategies, and Instruction
3 Creating an Effective Classroom for Comprehension Instruction
4 Finding a Starting Point: Ways to Assess Comprehension
5 Strategies for Reading for Information
6 Strategies for Reading Fiction
7 Strategies for Vocabulary DEvelopment
8 Strategies for Engaging in Research
9 Strategies for Studying, Test Taking, and Performing Tasks
10 Strategies That Encourage Lifelong Reading