Reading with Meaning: Teaching comprehension in the primary grades Paperback – Jan 1 2002
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Debbie Miller taught in the Denver Public Schools for thirty years. She was also an adjunct professor at The University of Denver and Regis University. The author of Reading with Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades, (Stenhouse, 2002) and the video series, Happy Reading! and the Joy of Conferring, Debbie now presents workshops and works extensively with schools and districts on long-range planning and development of literacy programmes.
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In Chapter 1, Miller goes straight to the crux of the matter: Gradually release responsibility to students; teach a few strategies of great consequence in depth over time; give students the gifts of time, choice, response, community, and structure.
Chapter 2 tells us how-and why-we should create a sense of community in the classroom. "Real classroom communities," writes Miller, "are more than just a look. Real communities flourish when we bring together the voices, hearts, and souls of the people who inhabit them." We must be "deliberate" in September if we are to create the type of environment in which growth and authentic learning will occur.
The Reader's Workshop is the topic of Chapter 3. Wait a minute, you may be saying, how does one have a "Reader's Workshop" when most of the students are not yet reading? "Readers' workshop in September," Miller writes, "is less about teaching children how to read and more about modeling and teaching children what it is that good readers do, setting the tone for the workshop and establishing its expectations and procedures, and engaging and motivating children to want to learn to read." And so Miller shows us, in detail, how we can go about this foundation-building. She begins with "Book Selection," then "Reading Aloud, Mini-Lessons, Reading and Conferring," and finally "Sharing.Read more ›
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I borrowed this book from a colleague and even before I finished the first chapter, I knew I had to have my own copy. She has a lovely writing style. Read morePublished on July 26 2013 by sonjaphoto
A bible for elementary teachers.My staff have enjoyed working through Debbie's book and are even more excited about their work everyday.Published on Nov. 23 2012 by Garth Harrison
I have been an elementary teacher for over 20 years and I've spent 17 of those years working with struggling readers. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by HickoryKat
I teach 2nd grade and this is a wonderful resource to help teach reading comprehension. My student's comprehension skills have greatly increased and I've been teaching for 10... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004
If you are a K-2 teacher considering Reading Workshop implementation and can only afford to buy one book, THIS IS THE BOOK TO BUY! Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by G. Frueh
I had bought this book after it was highlighted at a conference I attended. Shortly after, it was one of the book choices for a literature circle I was participating in during a... Read morePublished on July 24 2003 by Jennifer L W
Step back from your classroom for a moment and enter into Debbie Miller's first grade classroom. You will notice students who love to read, sharing what they have read with their... Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by Molly Petersen
As a parent interested in improving my son's progress in reading, I began to search around for just the right book to help. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2002