Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement

Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement

by Elaine K. McEwan-Adkins

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"The strengths of this book are many. It translates theory into practice, showing how a solid theory can inform one′s teaching."
Stevi Quate, Co-director of the Secondary Literacy Network
University of Colorado at Denver

"Very comprehensive! It contains everything a teacher needs to guide students in comprehension."
Aileen Carew, Marin Reading Council President&Reading Specialist
Bel Aire School, Tiburon, CA

When students learn to read strategically, they read to learn!

How do some students extract complex information from advanced reading materials while others struggle to find the meaning of even simple passages? What characteristics do strategic readers exhibit that others don′t possess? Unlocking the cognitive strategies of exceptional readers means finding ways to teach every student to read strategically, and help them be successfull in the classroom and beyond. This essential reading instruction teaching tool offers hard evidence to show how effective readers use specific strategies to extract and comprehend information.

Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers melds scientific research with hands-on experience to offer a comprehensive look at reading instruction. Instructors will discover that they can use the seven strategies no matter what their teaching style, and students will discover how to read to learn. McEwan has developed easily reproducible tools geared toward helping teachers get the most out of their readers:

  • Teacher Think-Alouds to facilitate modeling the seven strategies for your students
  • Templates to speed planning time
  • Activities to encourage use of the seven strategies
  • Forms, posters, props, and prompts to assist both students and teachers

While theories come and go, research has shown that using these seven strategies will prove successful in the classroom-and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483360836
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/20/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Elaine K. McEwan is an educational consultant with The McEwan-Adkins Group, offering professional development for educators to assist them in meeting the challenges of literacy learning in Grades Pre K-6. A former teacher, librarian, principal, and assistant superintendent for instruction in several suburban Chicago school districts, Elaine is the award-winning and best-selling author of more than three dozen books for educators. Her Corwin Press titles include Raising Reading Achievement in Middle and High Schools: Five Simple-to-Follow Strategies for Principals, Second Edition (2006), Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers: Using Cognitive Research to Boost K-8 Achievement (2004), Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals: From Good to Great Performance (2003), Making Sense of Research: What’s Good, What’s Not, and How to Tell the Difference (2003), Seven Steps to Effective Instructional Leadership, Second Edition (2003), Teach Them ALL to Read: Catching the Kids Who Fall through the Cracks (2002), and Ten Traits of Highly Effective Teachers: How to Hire, Mentor, and Coach Successful Teachers (2001).

McEwan was honored by the Illinois Principals Association as an outstanding instructional leader, by the Illinois State Board of Education with an Award of Excellence in the Those Who Excel Program, and by the National Association of Elementary School Principals as the National Distinguished Principal from Illinois for 1991. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Wheaton College and advanced degrees in library science (MA) and educational administration (EdD) from Northern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

About the Author
The Goals of the Book
Special Features of the Book
Who the Book is for
Overview of the Contents
1. The Power of Strategic Reading Instruction
What is Strategic Reading?
What is Strategic Reading Instruction (SRI)
What are the Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers?
What are the Prerequisites for Strategic Reading Instruction?
When is a Strategy not a Strategy?
What′s Ahead?
2. Becoming a Strategic Teacher
What Does a Strategic Teacher Look Like?
The Teaching Moves of a Strategic Teacher
The Challenges of Strategic Reading Instruction
The Benefits of SRI
What′s Ahead?
3. Understanding the Seven Strategies
Cognitive Strategy #1: Activating
Cognitive Strategy #2: Inferring
Cognitive Strategy #3: Monitoring-Clarifying
Cognitive Strategy #4: Questioning
Cognitive Strategy #5: Searching-Selecting
Cognitive Strategy #6: Summarizing
Cognitive Strategy #7: Visualizing-Organizing
What′s Ahead?
4. Instructional Activities to Engage Your Students
Turn on Your CPU (Central Processing Unit): Grades 1-8
Turn on Your Math CPU (Central Processing Unit): Grades 4-8
Add it up: Grades 3-8
A Dozen Ways to Infer: Grades 3-8
A Dozen Ways to Say Infer: Grades 4-8
Fix-up Your Mix-ups: Grades 1-8
Do You Have Any Questions? Grades 4-8
The Prospector: Grades 4-8
The Summarizers Five C′s: Grades 3-8
Visualize a Video: Grades K-2
It Pays to Increase Your Word Power: Grades 2-8
Organize it: Grades 3-8
What′s Ahead?
5. Organizing for Strategic Reading Instruction (SRI) in Your Classroom
When Should Strategy Instruction Begin?
How Should I Introduce SRI to My Students?
Do I Have to Think Aloud?
How Should SRI Be Paced and Sequenced?
What if an Instructional Activity Doesn′t Work?
How Will I Know if My Students are Using the Strategies?
Where Will I Find Time for SRI?
How Can I Juggle It All?
What Does a Lesson Look Like?
What′s Ahead?
6. Implementing Schoolwide Strategic Reading Instruction
SRI Requires a Pervasive and Persuasive Reading Culture
SRI Requires Balanced Instruction
SRI Requires a Research-based Curriculum
Is Your School or District Ready for SRI?

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