“Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented...very highly recommended."
—Susan Bethany, Midwest Book Review
Reviews from educators like you...
“This is the missing link. While the Common Core State Standards require students to read complex texts, read closely, and answer text-dependent questions, nothing shows us how to help students do all that during independent reading—nothing until Notice and Note came along. Kylene and Bob show us how we can attend to the demands of the CCSS and support engaged, attentive, independent readers.”
—Darl Kiernan, PhD., literacy trainer, Northwest Regional Professional Development, NV
“As Bob and Kylene taught their Notice & Note lessons I watched our students become engaged and excited about reading. Students scoured the text to find support for their thinking, and struggling readers succeeded with texts that would have otherwise been discarded as too hard. Don’t buy just one of these books—buy one for every teacher in your building!”
—Margaret Ruppert, literacy specialist, Akron Public Schools, Akron, OH
“Bob and Kylene shared these lessons in my class of eighth graders. When my students began to notice the signposts and ask the accompanying anchor questions, navigating a text became possible even for my struggling readers, and the text became something they not only deeply understood but also enjoyed.”
—Jennifer Ochoa, middle school teacher, MS 324, New York City, NY
“Notice & Note will help you foster rigorous reading and high-level thinking while honoring your students’ need to interact with what they read. Kylene and Bob forge connections between new academic standards and decades of reading research through commonsense strategies that encourage collaboration and engaged reading. This book is well worth noticing and noting.”
—Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer and a grade 4 teacher, Ft. Worth, TX
“As Kylene and Bob taught their Notice & Note lessons at Chicago Shakespeare, I watched a room of teachers get curious, slightly anxious, and then completely enthusiastic about these new avenues for approaching literacy in their urban classrooms. Kylene and Bob understand research and real classrooms, which is why their work continues to be essential.”
—Marilyn Halperin, Director of Education, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IL
"Teaching students to respond to complex texts is a critical aspect of implementing the Common Core State Standards. When I use Notice & Note lessons in my professional development sessions, teachers invariably go deeper into long familiar texts. These strategies awaken our critical eye and direct us to explore text elements that we might otherwise ignore. Notice and Note strategies will improve how your students analyze and respond to any text."
—Patsy Dunton, ELA Specialist, Maine DOE
"As much as I love Beers and Probst's concept of signposts and anchor questions, I think my favorite part of Notice & Note is their section on “Letting Students Create Text-Dependent Questions.” With a few simple steps, they demonstrate how to teach students to ask questions about texts to drive comprehension and learning. I love this approach because it makes texts accessible to everyone—after all, we can all think of questions as we read—but more importantly, it signals the importance of INQUIRY in learning and ENCOURAGES students to ask questions while reading, which is, in fact, what good readers do. This book makes a vital contribution to the ongoing discussion about how to help students become stronger readers."
—Sarah Tantillo, author of The Literacy Cookbook
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