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Constructing Meaning Written by Nancy Boyles Southern Connecticut State University. Created for Parkview Elementary School Teachers Mary Cooper, Literacy Specialist. What we don’t want our students thinking reading is …. Instead….

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constructing meaning written by nancy boyles southern connecticut state university

ConstructingMeaningWritten by Nancy BoylesSouthern Connecticut State University

Created for Parkview Elementary School Teachers

Mary Cooper, Literacy Specialist

instead
Instead…

“If our students are to become good readers, if they are to improve as readers, we must teach them to think about how they think while they read.”

Found on pg. ix

welcome
Welcome!

Goals for this presentation:

  • Find out what kids say about these strategies
  • Have an understanding of the kid-friendly comprehension strategies in Nancy Boyles’ book, Constructing Meaning
  • Understand the importance of teaching all the comprehension strategies in an integrated fashion
  • Recognize the ways our integration of these strategies will help all teachers and students
what do kids parkview students say about these strategies
What do kids Parkview students say about these strategies?
  • “I like it when we use these strategies.” 2nd grader
  • “I’m going to tell you how I combined three of these strategies all at once!” 3rd grader
  • “I never knew what I was supposed to be thinking about when I read. Now I really get it.” 3rd grader
  • “These strategies really charge my brain.” 4th grader
kid friendly comprehension strategies
Kid-friendly Comprehension Strategies

The next six slides will define each of Nancy Boyles’ kid-friendly comprehension strategies

connecting
Connecting

Finding something that is connected:

  • To my life
  • To another book
  • To things in the world
picturing or visualizing
Picturing or Visualizing

If I close my eyes,

  • I can see. . . .
  • I can hear. . . .
  • I can feel. . . .
  • I can smell. . . .
  • I can taste. . . .
wondering or questioning
Wondering or questioning

What questions pop into my mind, such as:

  • What might happen next?
  • How will [the story] end?
  • Why did the author write this?
  • What else do I want to know?
guessing or predicting
Guessing or predicting
  • What might happen next?
  • How will [the story] end?
  • What is the author trying
  • to tell me?
noticing
Noticing
  • What are the important clues?
  • Have I guessed right or wrong?
  • Is there something I don’t understand?
  • Has the author done something crafty?
figuring out
Figuring Out
  • How do all the clues fit together?
  • When did that “little light bulb” go on in my head?
  • What do I understand better after this reading?
why integrate comprehension strategies as opposed to teaching each in isolation
Why integrate comprehension strategies? (as opposed to teaching each in isolation)
  • “Real readers don’t read by isolating a single strategy”
  • “Real readers don’t use just one strategy while reading to construct meaning from everything they read for six or seven weeks.”
  • “Competent readers have a repertoire of reading strategies available, strategies that they mix and match while they read.”

Found on pg. xii and xiii

how will we help our students if we all use these strategies
How will we help our students if we all use these strategies?
  • Enhance student participation and engagement
  • Improve student reading comprehension
  • Teachers and students will share a common language
  • The language won’t change year to year—learning picks up where it left off the year before
not an add on
Not an “Add On”

“Teaching reading comprehension strategies should not be something you “add on” to your regular curriculum.”

Rather, teaching these strategies can and should be an important part of what happens every day in your classroom during:

  • Shared reading
  • Guided reading
  • Independent reading
  • Whether reading fiction or nonfiction

Found on pg. xiv

special thanks to nancy boyles who gave permission to use her materials for this slide show
Special thanks to Nancy Boyles, who gave permission to use her materials for this slide show.

If you’d like to email Nancy Boyles with your questions or comments, you can email her at [email protected]

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