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Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency

Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Reading, K-8

Irene Fountas, Lesley University, Gay Su Pinnell, The Ohio State University

SeriesThis product is part of the series: The F&P Professional Books and Multimedia Series

ISBN 978-0-325-00308-5 / 0-325-00308-4 / 2006 / 608pp / BOOK WITH DVD
Imprint: Heinemann
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Grade Level: K - 8th
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Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, K–8 is the next new breakthrough from Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Offering a complete picture of how to skillfully teach meaning making and fluency within any instructional context, Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, K–8, supports you with frameworks for high-quality instruction that describe appropriate expectations for comprehending, fluency, and vocabulary development.

Fountas and Pinnell's teaching and assessment frames will give you a firm understanding of your students' reading levels: where they are, where they should be, and what they need to do to get there—for any reader, in any grade, at any moment. You'll also gain insight about the specific demands that fiction and nonfiction texts place on readers and about how effective readers think within a text, beyond a text, and about a text to gain rich understandings. As you learn about how the characteristics of texts help or hinder a reader's improvement, you'll find effective teaching strategies for:

  • comprehending, word solving, fluency, and vocabulary
  • writing about reading in a variety of genres and using writing as a tool for thinking
  • using guided reading with fiction and nonfiction books
  • discussing books during interactive read-aloud and literature study
  • taking part in shared and performance reading.

Fountas and Pinnell's teaching tips, smart strategies, proven classroom ideas, and professional-learning opportunities will lead the way as you discover how to help readers develop effective systems of strategic actions over time. You'll also learn how to take running records of reading behavior to assess comprehension and fluency then use those assessments to inform and differentiate your teaching.

In addition, Fountas and Pinnell have also added a dynamic companion resource to Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, K–8: a DVD containing short, focused video segments that illustrate concepts from the book and demonstrate exemplar teaching in real classroom settings. The DVD is also a repository of useful materials to support your work—including blackline masters, forms, checklists, and numerous other classroom tools.

Fountas and Pinnell have developed detailed teaching guides for Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency. Perfect for staff development leaders or teacher educators, these guides offer all the specifics on leading a professional development program or preservice course on comphrension instruction with Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency as the core text.

Each of the guides is written to address a specific course of study and is available for free download along with its accompanying course syllabus:

  • Professional Development Program:
    Individual Study/Group Study (20 sessions)
  • Preservice Teachers:
    One Semester Course (14-week college/university course)
  • Preservice Teachers:
    One Quarter Course (11-week college/university course)
  • Graduate Students:
    One Semester Course (14-week college/university course)
  • Graduate Students:
    One Quarter Course (11-week college/university course)

Click on the "Companion Resources" tab to download each of the guides.

Discover powerful ways to help your students read with deep understanding and fluency. Read Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, K–8 and be part of the big breakthrough in literacy instruction.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Living a Literate Life: The Right of Childhood
Creating a Classroom Community of Readers and Writers

SECTION I: READERS
1. Understanding Readers, Texts and Teaching
2. Helping Students Build a System for Processing a Variety of Texts
3. Reading Is Thinking: Within, Beyond, and About the Text
4. Helping Students Develop Systems of Strategic Actions to Sustain Processing
5. Helping Students Develop Systems of Strategic Actions for Expanding Thinking
6. Understanding the Fluent Reader: Effective Processing
7. Recognizing Change Over Time in Fluent Reading
8. Assessing Comprehension and Fluency to Document Progress and Inform Teaching
9. The Role of Talk, Writing, and Benchmark Books in Assessing Comprehension

SECTION II: TEXTS
10. Using a Variety of High-Quality Texts to Support Literacy Learning
11. Supporting Thinking Across a Variety of Genres
12. Using a Gradient of Text to Match Books to Readers
13. Understanding the Demands of Nonfiction Texts
14. Understanding the Demands of Fiction and Poetry

SECTION III: TEACHING
15. Engaging Readers in Thinking and Talking about Texts Through Interactive Read-Aloud
16. Creating a Literate Culture Through Interactive Read-Aloud: Shared Talk About Texts
17. Planning for Interactive Read-Aloud and Literature Study Across the Grades
18. Moving from Interactive Read-Aloud to Literature Study
19. Deepening Comprehension: Engaging Students in Small-Group Literature Discussion
20. Getting Started with Book Clubs: Thinking and Talking about Texts
21. Promoting Shared and Performed Reading: Fluent Oral Processing of Texts
22. Maximizing Independent Reading: Helping Students Think Within, Beyond, and About Texts in a Reading Workshop
23. Designing Minilessons to Support Thinking About Texts in a Reading Workshop
24. Using Guided Reading to Teach Comprehending and Fluency
25. Using Guided Reading to Teach for the Comprehending of Fiction Texts
26. Using Guided Reading to Teach for the Comprehending of Nonfiction Texts
27. Writing about Reading: Moving from Talk to Written Conversation about Texts
28. Writing about Reading in a Variety of Genres
29. Meeting the Diverse Needs of English Language Learners
30. Teaching for Fluency Across Instructional Contexts
31. Expanding Vocabulary Across Instructional Contexts

Final Thoughts

Teacher Resources: Description of Print Materials on the DVD
Bibliography of Children's Literature
References
Index

In Depth

Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency

Preservice Teachers: One Semester Course (14-Week College/University Course)
Teaching Guide (PDF)
Editable Sample Syllabus (MS Word)

Preservice Teachers: One Quarter Course (11-Week College/University Course)
Teaching Guide (PDF)
Editable Sample Syllabus (MS Word)

Graduate Students: One Semester Course (14-Week College/University Course)
Teaching Guide (PDF)
Editable Sample Syllabus (MS Word)

Graduate Students: One Quarter Course (11-Week College/University Course)
Teaching Guide (PDF)
Editable Sample Syllabus (MS Word)

Professional Development Program: Individual Study/Group Study (20 Sessions)
Teaching Guide (PDF)

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