The Comprehension Toolkit by Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis - Heinemann Publishing
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The Comprehension Toolkit

Purchasing The Comprehension Toolkit for Fall 2016?

Pre-order the upcoming Second Edition: Intermediate (grades 3-6)

The original (2005) Comprehension Toolkit is an intensive course of study designed to help intermediate-grade students understand, respond to, and learn from nonfiction text. With the teaching and learning focus on comprehension strategies, the Toolkit provides a foundation for developing independent readers and learners across the curriculum and throughout the school year.

The 26 lessons inThe Comprehension Toolkit model research-based strategies and give you an explicit framework ...

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Purchasing The Comprehension Toolkit for Fall 2016?

Pre-order the upcoming Second Edition: Intermediate (grades 3-6)

The original (2005) Comprehension Toolkit is an intensive course of study designed to help intermediate-grade students understand, respond to, and learn from nonfiction text. With the teaching and learning focus on comprehension strategies, the Toolkit provides a foundation for developing independent readers and learners across the curriculum and throughout the school year.

The 26 lessons inThe Comprehension Toolkit model research-based strategies and give you an explicit framework for your teaching. Through carefully crafted learning tools including language, lessons, and professional support, the Toolkit helps you to design your own strategy lessons to develop independent readers and learners across any content or curriculum.

Professional Support
A series of resources introduce, support, and extend the Toolkit's core lessons.

  • The Teacher's Guide outlines the thinking behind the Toolkit and describes its components, instructional design, and assessment options.
  • The Toolkit CD-ROM includes a video conversation with Dr. P. David Pearson; a slideshow of an active literacy classroom; and downloadable research articles, templates, assessment masters, and full-color lesson text.
  • Extend and Investigate shows how the Toolkit strategies reach across the curriculum and throughout the year. It provides strategies for content area reading and research, textbook reading, test reading, and a variety of practical bibliographies.

Six Strategy Books
The 26 strategy lessons in The Comprehension Toolkit are organized into six strategy books.

  1. Monitor Comprehension identifies ways readers keep track of their thinking and monitor their understanding as they read.
  2. Activate and Connect alerts students to the impact background knowledge has on their learning and supports them to connect the new to the known.
  3. Ask Questions highlights how readers can use questions to clarify unfamiliar ideas and discover new information.
  4. Infer Meaning teaches students how to use context clues and text evidence to crack open the new concepts and big ideas in a text.
  5. Determine Importance helps students distill the main ideas and important information from the detailed facts in nonfiction text.
  6. Summarize and Synthesize encourages students to go beyond the simple restating of facts, to pull together their thinking, and use all the strategies to understand big ideas.

Informational Text
A series of short, engaging, real-world articles provides an effective context for using and practicing the Toolkit's comprehension strategies.

  • The Source Book of Short Text provides two kinds of nonfiction text: Lesson Text, 24 articles from children's magazines; and Nonfiction Short Text, 43 short informational articles specially written for the Toolkit.
  • The Trade Book Pack contains the seven trade books referenced in the Toolkit lessons. (optional purchase.)
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Samples

Companion Resources

Common Core Correlation for Grades 3-6

Supporting Materials

Samples and Supporting Materials

Toolkit e-Sampler for Grades 3-6

Lesson 1: Follow Your Inner Conversation (from Strategy Cluster 1: Monitor Comprehension)

Lesson 4: Follow the Text Signposts (from Strategy Cluster 2: Activate and Connect)

 

Reviews

Third grade teacher Heather Smith sums it up best: “I really didn’t know how to teach comprehension. I’ve known for years that many of my third grade kids could read the words but often didn’t understand what they read, but I had no idea what to do about it. Now I have the Toolkit, and I know what to do and how to do it.  The Comprehension Toolkit has taught teachers how to teach comprehension, and our kids are reading, thinking, and understanding better than ever.”

The Comprehension Toolkit was a natural fit for our district as it was based on our district’s beliefs about literacy: the gradual release of responsibility, instruction built around real-world reading, collaborative learning and thinking, and the importance of understanding texts. Finding a resource that matched our beliefs was rare enough, but finding a resource that matched our beliefs and increased student achievement through increased teacher effectiveness was like hitting the lottery!
Angela Butler, former District Reading Specialist, Hillsborough County, Florida

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