Title

Strategy Instruction and Lessons Learned in Teaching Higher Level Thinking Skills in an Urban Middle School Classroom

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

Through a compilation of standards-based lesson plans for small- and whole-group instruction, this chapter offers a humorous and heartbreaking perspective of the author's experiences during a yearlong university partnership “Book Bistro” in a 7th grade classroom with urban adolescent struggling readers. Using a combination of leveled, fictional, nonfictional, and culturally relevant text, the chapter is written as a personal narrative to address higher level thinking through systematic instruction in comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and structural analysis. A step-by-step implementation procedure for each of the research-based strategies is presented, including concept of definition, discussion web, probable passage, pointed reading, semantic feature analysis, and others. A table within the chapter provides a description of each of the strategies, alignment with the 2009 NAEP framework, and an instructional scaffold for using the strategy within a specific phase of the reading process.

Comments

ISBN: 9780872076877