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Reading with Meaning: Teaching comprehension in the primary grades [Paperback]

Debbie Miller
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Jan. 1 2002 1571103074 978-1571103079
If you have ever wondered how to teach comprehension strategies to young children -- Read. This. Book. This practical guide provides specific techniques and lessons around the building blocks of comprehension -- inferring, questioning, making connections, visualizing, and synthesizing information. You will also learn how to help children make their thinking visible through oral, written, artistic, and dramatic responses to literature.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Any Primary Grade Teacher Dec 7 2003
There are certain "must have" books for teachers. This is one of them. Miller takes a decade of reading research (as synthesized by Pearson, et. al., 1992), and puts it into practice in her classroom. We move through the year with her, watching as she scaffolds for us and her students explicit reading instruction that truly works.
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.
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By Cindy
If you have dedicated yourself to producing thoughtful readers who read for meaning, this is the book you need! Not only is it filled with helpful lesson ideas, but the arrangement of each chapter follows a scaffolded approach to help young readers engage and develop as lifelong readers. Miller shows teachers how to lay out the entire year. Included in this book are chapters about schema building, mental images, inferring, questioning, non-fiction reading, and synthesizing. She focuses on one comprehension strategy in each chapter, including how to introduce it to students AND what children's books she considers "tried-and-true." At the end of each chapter, the author includes a list of children's book titles that all highlight the comprehension strategy perfectly for young children. I have purchased many of the titles that she recommends. All of the books are outstanding pieces of literature that children adore. Also, the lessons work well in a Reader's Workshop format. After instruction, students can get busy practicing reading from their own books by using what they learned right away. This book is an outstanding resource for any teacher!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for primary teachers... Aug. 5 2002
By R. Cole
This is an excellent companion book to Mosaic of Thought by Ellin Keene and Susan Zimmerman. Debbie Miller's awareness of her students' needs and abilities, and her respect for them, are clear in the language she uses when talking to and about them. Especially helpful were the text use examples and the mini-bibliographies at the end of each section. If there is an e-mail ring out there for people using the ideas in Mosaic or this book, I'd love to know how to participate-please let me know in a review like this where to log on. I'm sure others would like to know, too! If you ever have to opportunity to hear Debbie Miller speak, SEIZE IT! You'll love the magic that happens in your classroom when you try out the comprehension strategies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Grade Readers Really Can Comprehend! June 16 2003
I read this book to help me work with my students on comprehension. I had read Strategies That Work and Mosaic of Thought and still didn't know how to implement this comprehension study in my classroom. Reading With Meaning cleared it up for me and gave me clear examples of how to integrate a true comprehension study right along with decoding instruction. This book helped me to outline a two year comprehension study with my first and second grade looping classroom. My kids not only read well but they can comprehend great too! If you are struggling with your students to understand a text deeper this is a must read.
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Debbie Miller is a magical teacher whom I have had the pleasure of observing. She has captured the details of what makes her such a great teacher in her book Reading with Meaning. It is the first resource I have found that truly helps me to visualize how I can teach all of the reading comprehension strategies in my first grade classroom. It also backs many of my current beliefs with Debbie's resources and well thought out rationales. I would highly recommend this book for any teacher who is ready for their primary kiddos to start interacting with and understanding what they are reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading With Meaning is a great resource! Aug. 22 2002
This book is an excellent choice for any primary teacher! Her ideas are relevant for the first year teacher as well a teaching veteran. The goal of this book is to help educators get children active and involved in what they are reading. The chapters are set up in a logical progression from the beginning of the school year until the end. . The reader shares in this wonderful teachers joys, worries, and successes of the new school year. Her high yet attainable expectations for her students are inspiring. I plan on using several of Debbie's ideas in my classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!
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 more
Published 15 months ago by sonjaphoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading With Meaning.
A bible for elementary teachers.My staff have enjoyed working through Debbie's book and are even more excited about their work everyday.
Published 23 months ago by Garth Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Elementary Teachers - This is the book with the answers!!
I have been an elementary teacher for over 20 years and I've spent 17 of those years working with struggling readers. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by HickoryKat
5.0 out of 5 stars A "MUST HAVE" for teachers who teach reading!
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 more
Published 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 more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by G. Frueh
5.0 out of 5 stars Primary Teachers you really do NEED this book!
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 more
Published on July 24 2003 by Jennifer L W
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
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 more
Published on July 14 2003 by Molly Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading with Menaing
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 more
Published on Nov. 20 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for primary teachers!
In this book, Debbie Miller takes you inside the walls of her first grade classroom, leading you through the course of the school year where her students become independent and... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2002 by Stephanie Bentley
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