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Reading Power: Teaching Students to Think While They Read [Paperback]

Adrienne Gear

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24 Aug 2002 1551382032 978-1551382036
"Reading Power" promotes reading comprehension with a wealth of effective strategies that help pupils to think as they read. Teachers will learn how to engage their classes and create powerful opportunities for a more interactive, thoughtful reading experience that improves comprehension. Built around the strategies that proficient readers use - or 'reading powers' - the book recognises that teachers implement strategies from many sources and offers simple applications that can be incorporated in any classroom.The practical and useful book is organised around five reading strategies - Connecting, Questioning, Visualising, Drawing Inference, and Transforming. Each chapter includes: a song or chant to use in the classroom for each strategy; suggestions for introducing each reading strategy; sequential lessons that incorporate teacher modelling, guided practice, and independent reading; and ready-to-copy pages that support the sequential lessons; as well as references to appropriate children's literature and the author includes ideas for modelling demonstrations, encouraging practice, and nurturing independent reading.Extensive lists of children's books, organised around reading ability and age, with suggestions for assembling classroom book collections, are an important part of this practical book.

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Adrienne Gear is a literacy mentor in the Vancouver School District who works with teachers and students on reading and writing initiatives and school-wide reading comprehension programmes. A classroom teacher for almost twenty years, she has taught at all primary levels and has experience in library and second language learning. Reading Power evolved from five years of experience in many classrooms in Adrienne's school and has led to workshop presentations throughout Canada.

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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 24 Sep 2008
By R. Keeler - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is SUPERB for K-8 or over teachers who REALLY want to get their students to understand the reading comprehension strategies. I use many of her techniques already (post its, read aloud, modeling) but the songs and chants have helped my reading workshop connect to writing workshop in very powerful ways! I have been a primary teacher for 21 years and always love reading and learning new approaches to promoting student meta cognition in all areas of learning. Adrienne has helped make my teaching more meaningful this year. Thanks for listening. Hope this helps!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Resource! 18 Mar 2009
By Hope - Published on Amazon.com
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Practical and very useful for a teacher who wants students to think strategically when reading. Great work!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas 29 Jun 2009
By N. Zabel - Published on Amazon.com
Our staff used this book for a book study. Very practical and lots of new ideas to help meet the needs of kids and teachers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Megan Reese - Published on Amazon.com
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This text was used in my grad class- very detailed. I plan to use this in my classroom!
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for Educators of All Backgrounds 11 Nov 2013
By T. Marr - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading Power: Teaching Students to Think While They Read was written by Adrienne Gear, a Literacy Mentor in the Vancouver School District. Gear developed this programme while working as an educator (teacher, ESL teacher, teacher-librarian, and District Literacy Mentor) in British Columbia. Rather than simply decoding the text on the page, Gear aims for teachers to explore thinking and metacognition with their students as an integral part of the reading process. Reading Power is the name of the programme that houses five major reading strategies: connect, question, visualise, infer, and synthesise. The intended audience of this book is educators of all occupations, but will be most helpful to classroom teachers in elementary schools. The only redundancy comes when Gear advocates for a “common language” that students can become familiarised with, though seeking acknowledgement of her new programme. Overall, this book was engaging, convincing of the usefulness of the Reading Power programme, and beneficial as an accompaniment to any Ministry literacy document. Reading Power is a welcome addition for any teacher; the principles explained through the Reading Power programme are helpful in any literacy program at any level of education.
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