Improving Comprehension Instruction: Rethinking Research, Theory, and Classroom Practice
October 2002, Jossey-Bass
Foreword (Gerald G. Duffy).
Part One: New Directions in Comprehension Instruction.
Introduction: Improving Comprehension Instruction: An Urgent Priority (Linda B. Gambrell, Cathy Collins Block, and Michael Pressley).
1. Reconceptualizing Reading Comprehension (Anne P. Sweet and Catherine Snow).
2. The Thinking Process Approach to Comprehension Development: Preparing Students for Their Future Comprehension Challenges (Cathy Collins Block and Rebecca B. Johnson).
3. From Good to Memorable: Characteristics of Highly Effective Comprehension Teaching (Ellin Oliver Keene).
4. The Guided Reading Lesson: Explaining, Supporting, and Prompting for Comprehension (Gay Su Pinnell).
5. Instructional Components for Promoting Thoughtful Literacy Learning (Pamela J. Dunston).
Part Two: New Comprehension Lessons Across the Curriculum.
6. Differentiating Reading and Writing Lessons to Promote Content Learning (Karen D. Wood).
7. Parsing, Questioning, and Rephrasing (PQR): Building Syntactic Knowledge to Improve Reading Comprehension (James Flood, Diane Lapp, and Douglas Fisher).
8. Using Writing to Improve Comprehension: A Review of the Writing-to-Reading Research (Bena R. Hef.in and Douglas K. Hartman).
9. Research-Based Comprehension Practices That Create Higher-Level Discussions (Janice F. Almasi).
10. Goose Bumps and Giggles: Engaging Young Readers' Critical Thinking with Books from the Teachers' Choices Project and Graphic Organizers (Kathy N. Headley and Jean Keeler).
Part Three: Integrating Technology and Innovative Instruction.
11. Using Technology to Individualize Reading Instruction (David Rose and Bridget Dalton).
12. Computers, Kids, and Comprehension: Instructional Practices That Make a Difference (Linda D. Labbo).
13. Out of This World: Cyberspace, Literacy, and Learning (Victoria Gentry Ridgeway, Chris L. Peters, and Terrell Seawell Tracy).
14. Reading in the Digital Era: Strategies for Building Critical Literacy (Lisa Patel Stevens and Thomas W. Bean).
Part Four: Overcoming Comprehension Challenges.
15. Hitting the Wall: Helping Struggling Readers Comprehend (D. Ray Reutzel, Kay Camperell, and John A. Smith).
16. At-Risk Students: Learning to Break Through Comprehension Barriers (Lynn Romeo).
17. Helping Struggling Readers Make Sense of Reading (Irene W. Gaskins, Sally R. Laird, Colleen O'Hara, Theresa Scott, and Cheryl A. Cress).
Conclusion: Improving Comprehension Instruction: A Path for the Future (Michael Pressley).
Linda Gambrell is director, division of education at Clemson University. She has coauthored books on reading instruction and written numerous articles published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Educational Psychologist and Journal of Educational Research.
Michael Pressley is the professor of psychology at Michigan State University. He is an expert in comprehension processing in primary-level reading education. Pressley has received numerous awards for his research contributions in the fields of cognition, reading, and teaching.
"Highly Recommended." (Choice, May 2003)"An important compendium of first-class information. It is a valuable instructional guide at a time when classroom teachers are under unprecedented pressure for the nationwide move to standard-based reform and high stakes testing. Rather than continuing the myth of the 'good old days' of reading instruction, this book ensures that comprehension will become an integral part of the nation's literacy agenda."
from the Foreword by Gerald G. Duffy, professor emeritus, Michigan State University
"Educators interested in an up-to-date account of comprehension
research will appreciate the many and varied chapters in Improving
Jane Osborn, Education Consultant, University of Illinois
"A rich resource for all interested in improving comprehension
instruction. The specific 'close-ups' of good illustrative lessons
and programs provided by the authors enable us to think deeply
about instruction and visualize the possible. Taken together the
chapters stimulate reflection about both the commonalities and
differences in these research-based applications!"
Donna Ogle, past president, the International Reading Association
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