Primary Comprehension Toolkit

Language and Lessons for K-2

This product is part of the series: The Comprehension Toolkit Series

The 22 lessons in The Primary 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 Primary Toolkit's core lessons.

  • The Teacher's Guide shares the philosophy behind Toolkit, describes the components, and shows how to use the Toolkit
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The 22 lessons in The Primary 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 Primary Toolkit's core lessons.

  • The Teacher's Guide shares the philosophy behind Toolkit, describes the components, and shows how to use the Toolkit in the classroom.
  • The Primary Comprehension Toolkit DVD-ROM includes live-from-the-classroom video footage of the authors teaching lessons; slideshows of an active literacy classroom and strategy instruction in science and social studies; and downloadable research articles, thinksheets, and full-color lesson texts.

6 Strategy Books
Instruction in The Primary Comprehension Toolkit centers on six strategy books (22 lessons) organized around fundamental comprehension strategies.

  1. Monitor Comprehension encourages readers to think about their thinking as they respond to the words, pictures, and ideas in a text.
  2. Activate & Connect teaches young readers how to build knowledge and understanding by connecting the new to the known.
  3. Ask Questions shows children how to use questions to expand their thinking and discover new information.
  4. Infer & Visualize prompts young readers to create pictures in their minds and to merge their background knowledge with text clues to draw inferences.
  5. Determine Importance helps children identify, organize, and share the important ideas and information in a text.
  6. Summarize & Synthesize guides readers to see the bigger picture, pull together their thinking, and share their learning about the world.

Informational Text
In the Primary Toolkit, students explore comprehension strategies as they read short, engaging, real-world informational text.

  • Lesson Text Poster Pack contains six large posters from TIME For Kids Bigger Picture Edition and an issue of National Geographic Young Explorer.
  • The Trade Book Pack contains the nine popular trade books referenced in some Primary Toolkit lessons (optional purchase).
  • Keep Reading! A Source Book of Short Text provides two kinds of nonfiction text: Lesson Text, the articles used in many lessons, and Nonfiction Short Text, 39 alternative nonfiction texts. Plus, a set of bibliographies for children and teachers are also included.

For a comprehensive overview of the Comprehension Toolkit series including sample lessons and other guides visit:  http://www.comprehensiontoolkit.com.

 

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ISBN 978-0-325-00997-1 / 0-325-00997-X / 2008 / 640pp / Bundle
Grade Level: K - 2nd
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Contents

 

STRATEGY BOOKS: Stephanie and Anne have organized the 22 strategy lessons in The Primary Comprehension Toolkit into six strategy books.

1. Monitor Comprehension encourages students to think about their thinking as they respond to the words, pictures, and ideas in a text.

2. Activate & Connect teaches young readers how to build knowledge and understanding by connecting the new to the known.

3. Ask Questions shows children how to use questions to deepen thinking and discover new information.

4. Infer & Visualize prompts young readers to create pictures in their minds and use clues in the text to construct meaning.

5. Determine Importance helps children identify, organize, and share the important ideas and details in a text.

6. Summarize & Synthesize guides readers to see the bigger picture, pull together their thinking, and learn about the world.

 

INFORMATIONAL TEXT: The short, engaging, real-world informational texts Anne and Stephanie have chosen for the Primary Toolkit provide effective contexts for exploring comprehension strategies.

The Lesson Text Poster Pack, 6 posters from popular children’s magazines and an issue of National Geographic Young Explorer, provide high-quality opportunities to engage with nonfiction texts from multiple access points.

The Source Book of Short Text provides two kinds of nonfiction text: Lesson Text, the exemplar text from the lessons (48 pages); and Additional Text, 88 pages of age-appropriate nonfiction texts specially written for the Primary Toolkit.

 

BUILT-IN PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT: A series of resources introduce, support, and extend the Primary Toolkit’s core lessons.

The Teacher’s Guide outlines the thinking behind the Primary Toolkit and describes its components, instructional design, and authentic assessment.

The Resources for The Primary Comprehension Toolkit DVD-ROM includes live-from-the classroom video footage of the authors teaching lessons; a photographic overview of an Active Literacy Classroom; and downloadable research articles, think sheets, and full-color lesson text.

Companion Resources

Common Core correlation for Grades K-2

Supporting Materials

 Samples and Supporting Materials:

Toolkit e-Sampler for Grades K-2

Lesson 8: View and Read to Learn and Wonder: Use images and words to gain understanding

Lesson 14: Make Sense of New Information: Infer from features, pictures, and words

Nonfiction Short Text, The Grizzly Bear

Nonfiction Short Text, A Stick Puppet Play

Bibliography

Introduction

Teaching Comprehension with the Primary Toolkit

The Primary Toolkit and your reading program

Teaching and Assessing with the Primary Toolkit

Science and Social Studies instruction with the Primary Toolkit

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Seminars

PD Resources From Anne Goudvis

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