A Practice & Planning Guide for Teachers
The Reading Comprehension Blueprint Activity Book
Special Education

In Nancy Hennessy’s bestselling book, K-8 educators across the country learned the fundamentals of evidence-based comprehension instruction. Now—in response to popular demand—there’s a companion activity book that helps teachers apply the Blueprint in their classrooms!

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Grounded in the science of reading, this book is a practical field guide to intentional instruction that enhances reading comprehension skills for all learners. The activity book covers every section of the Blueprint: vocabulary, syntax and sentence comprehension, text structures, background knowledge, and levels of understanding and inference as well as expression of understanding. For each of these critical areas, this activity book gives educators:

  • Clear and concise guidance on the what, why, and how of instruction
  • Sample lesson plans that teachers can use as models for their own
  • Instructional activities that help students build key skills needed for comprehension
  • Ready-to-use tips for successful teaching
  • "Try This" activities that help teachers reflect on and hone their instruction
  • Supports for diverse learners, including students with learning disabilities and English language learners
  • Reader-friendly definitions of important terms
  • Links to multimedia content for further learning

Perfect for professional development, this hands-on resource can be studied by individual educators, discussed in small groups, or used as the focus for a training program or learning community. A must-have for current and future K-8 educators, reading specialists, and other practitioners, this activity book helps teachers apply their knowledge of structured comprehension instruction in their classrooms—and strengthen reading success for every learner.

About the Online Companion Materials
About the Authors

Chapter 1: The Big Ideas of The Reading Comprehension Blueprint
Chapter 2: Implementing the Blueprint: Preparing for Instruction & Text Reading
Chapter 3: Implementing the Blueprint: Vocabulary
Chapter 4: Implementing the Blueprint: Sentence Comprehension
Chapter 5: Implementing the Blueprint: Text Structure
Chapter 6: Implementing the Blueprint: Knowledge
Chapter 7: Implementing the Blueprint: Levels of Understanding & Inference
Chapter 8: Implementing the Blueprint: Expression of Understanding



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Melissa Loftus And Lori Sappington, Hosts of the Melissa & Lori Love Literacy podcast - January 11, 2024

Clear step-by-step instructional routines to implement in your classroom tomorrow…A perfect companion to [Hennessy’s] Blueprint.

Nancy Chapel Eberhardt, Educational consultant and coauthor of Sortegories and Syntax: Knowledge to Practice - January 11, 2024

Translates the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of reading comprehension instruction into the ‘how.

Stephanie Stollar, Ph.D., Mount St. Joseph University, Founder of the Reading Science Academy - January 11, 2024

“When you are trying to learn something new and complex, nothing compares to seeing multiple examples at different grade levels, and this book delivers exactly that.

Pamela Kastner Ed. D., Literacy Statewide Lead Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) - January 11, 2024

With its innovative structured approach, educators will find this activity book an indispensable companion to the visionary Reading Comprehension Blueprint. Meticulously crafted lesson plan templates and models, coupled with the extra supports provided for diverse learners and English language learners, make this book an essential resource for educators dedicated to unlocking the full potential of every student.

Jessica Hamman, Founder & CEO of Glean Education - January 11, 2024

By fostering critical thinking, [Hennessy and Salamone] help educators build a classroom environment that empowers students to become independent learners capable of extracting knowledge and building meaning — an essential skill for success in academics and beyond.

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