Helping Students Make Meaning from Text
The Reading Comprehension Blueprint
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Comprehension is a primary ingredient of reading success—but most educators aren't taught how to deliver structured comprehension instruction in their classrooms. Meticulously researched and masterfully organized, this book offers a clear blueprint for understanding the complexities of reading comprehension and delivering high-quality, evidence-based instruction that helps students construct meaning from challenging texts.

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Comprehension is a primary ingredient of reading success—but most educators aren't taught how to deliver structured comprehension instruction in their classrooms. K–8 teachers will find the guidance they need in this groundbreaking professional resource from Nancy Hennessy, former IDA President and an expert on reading comprehension. Meticulously researched and masterfully organized, this book offers a clear blueprint for understanding the complexities of reading comprehension and delivering high-quality, evidence-based instruction that helps students construct meaning from challenging texts.

Aligned with the science of reading and IDA's Structured Literacy approach, this book is a must for in-service educators and an ideal supplement to pair with core literacy textbooks. Today's teachers will get the essential knowledge and practical tools they need to help every student become a proficient reader—and build a strong foundation for school success.

EDUCATORS WILL:

  • Get critical background knowledge. Synthesizing decades of research on reading comprehension, this book provides educators with all the fundamentals they need to teach this key component of reading proficiency.
  • Master the blueprint. Teachers will get a complete framework for organizing instruction, aligned with the language comprehension strands of Scarborough's Reading Rope. In-depth chapters are devoted to each facet of reading comprehension, including vocabulary, syntax and sentence comprehension, text structures, background knowledge, and levels of understanding and inference.
  • Make it work in the classroom. Educators will find practical guidance and tools for planning their units and lessons, adapting to the needs of individual students, and assessing student progress. (An interactive book study guide makes this book easy to use as a professional development resource.)

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: To help them apply the science of reading comprehension and design high-quality instruction, teachers will get classroom activities, sample lesson plans, and questions that help them reflect on and strengthen their practices. The photocopiable teaching resources, including unit and lesson plan organizers, can be used again and again in the classroom.


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About the Downloads
About the Author
Foreword    Louisa Cook Moats, Ed.D.
Preface
Acknowledgments

Section I     The Nature of Reading Comprehension
Chapter 1     Dimensions of Skilled Reading: Connecting to Educators' Critical Background Knowledge
Chapter 2     Viewpoints on Reading Comprehension

Section II     The Blueprint
Chapter 3     The Blueprint for Reading Comprehension Instruction
Chapter 4     The Blueprint for Vocabulary
Chapter 5     The Blueprint for Syntax and Sentence Comprehension
Chapter 6     The Blueprint for Text Structures
Chapter 7     The Blueprint for Background Knowledge
Chapter 8     The Blueprint for Levels of Understanding and Inference

Section III     Implementation
Chapter 9     The Blueprint: Making It Work

Appendix: Instructional Tools and Templates

Index

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Amy Elleman, Middle Tennessee State University - June 26, 2020
"Nobody does research to practice better than Nancy Hennessy. The Reading Comprehension Blueprint is an ideal blend of research and practical application that provides educators with the tools necessary to break down the complex task of teaching reading comprehension."
Jena Funck, Educational Administration - June 22, 2020
"A much-needed resource for any educator . . . provides the reader a deep understanding and practical guide to reflect, plan, and strengthen their instruction to benefit all students."
Judith Birsh, Co-editor of Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, Fourth Edition - June 22, 2020
"Hennessy unravels all the threads in the tapestry of comprehension, giving the reader the opportunity to see and understand the multiple fibers woven into full comprehension when supported by knowledgeable, research-based instruction."
Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Editor of Literacy Foundations for English Learners - June 22, 2020
"A comprehensive and practical book complete with evidence-based strategies for improving reading comprehension. . . . [S]hould be a required reading for all educators."
Suzanne Carreker, Principal Educational Content Lead, Lexia Learning, A Rosetta Stone Company - June 22, 2020
"Wonderful, timely, and much needed! Nancy Hennessy's blueprint is a critical resource for changing the reading landscape across the country."
Pat Roberts & Nancy Blair, Co-Founders of AIM Academy and AIM Institute for Learning & Research - June 22, 2020
"Masterfully translates the research into everyday practice . . . the perfect tool to support the educator who is interested and invested in implementing change in the classroom to teach a variety of students who deserve to reach their full potential as skilled readers. Nancy Hennessy is a true gift to our field."
Pamela Kastner, Literacy Statewide Lead, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) - June 22, 2020
"Grounded in the science of reading and Scarborough's Reading Rope, this framework bridges the research-to-practice divide and arms teachers with the tools they need for knowledgeable, informed practice."
Author: Nancy E. Hennessy M.Ed.   Foreword Author: Louisa C. Moats Ed.D.
This book may be appropriate as a supplemental text for literacy instruction and reading methods courses similar to those listed below:

RDG 3413 Foundations of Literacy Instruction
DC&I 530 Approaches to Literacy Instruction
CIEP 359 Teaching Reading in Elementary

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