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More (Advanced) Lessons in Comprehension

Expanding Students' Understanding of All Types of Texts

By Frank Serafini, Suzette Youngs

Frank and Suzette present 64 lessons for elementary and middle school readers. These lessons make explicit the skills needed to engage, interpret and think critically about a wide variety of texts of increasing complexity.

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Lessons in Comprehension helped your students improve their comprehension. Now take your readers to the next level with More (Advanced) Lessons in Comprehension.
With More (Advanced) Lessons in Comprehension Frank Serafini and Suzette Youngs present 64 new, more sophisticated lessons for elementary and middle school readers. Lessons that make explicit the skills students need to engage with a wide variety of texts of increasing complexity. You’ll help students:
  • develop layered, personal interpretations of texts and visual images
  • discuss and negotiate their interpretations within a community of readers
  • read more deeply across genres and sustain interpretations across longer texts
  • think critically about their reading and analyze texts from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
More (Advanced) Lessons in Comprehension also offers you a powerful new tool for assessing your teaching and its effectiveness. Its Instructional Trajectory allows you to:
  • plan instruction with longer-term comprehension goals in mind
  • keep teaching relevant to students’ real-life needs
  • make sure that everything readers do moves them toward deeper comprehension.
More (Advanced) Lessons in Comprehension is a complete resource. It’s supported by the actual classroom language that Serafini and Youngs use with their students as well as examples of all the forms, charts, and artifacts related to each lesson.
If you’ve already taught with Lessons in Comprehension, pick up More (Advanced) Lessons in Comprehension. Or if you’ve just discovered Serafini and Youngs’ approach, try More (Advanced) Lessons in Comprehension in your classroom.
Either way, you’ll find that More (Advanced) Lessons in Comprehension deepens students’ understanding—one ready-to-use lesson at a time.
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1. Rethinking Reading Comprehension and Instruction

2. How This Book is Organized          

Comprehension Lesson Strands

Lesson Strand 1: Getting Beyond Traditional Responses to Literature

1. 1 Drawing as a Response to Literature          .

1. 2 Literary Dinner Party            

1. 3 Multimodal Responses to Literature          .

1. 4 Constructing Literary Board Games          

1. 5 Expanding Reader’s Theatre           

1. 6 Multigenre Responses to Literature          

1. 7 Dear Charlotte             

1. 8 Investigating Response Through Powerpoint        

Lesson Strand 2: Expanding Interpretive Repertoires

2. 1 What Is Noticed, What Is Known          

2. 2 Structured Coding: Speech Bubbles          .

2. 3 Structured Coding: Four Prompts          

2. 4 Moving Beyond the Literal           

2. 5 Paratextual Resources            

2. 6 Insider–Outsider Perspectives with Picturebooks       

2. 7 Book Scene Investigation (BSI)          

2. 8 Dual Storyboards             .

Lesson Strand 3: Reconsidering Teacher Talk and Classroom Interactions

3. 1 Setting Expectations for Discussions          .

3. 2 Literary Discussion Goldfish Bowl          

3. 3 Platforming: Putting Ideas on the Table         

3. 4 Uptake: Taking Up from What Has Been Offered        .

3. 5 Display, Procedural, Process, and Inquiry Questions       

3. 6 He Said, She Said, I Think           

3. 7 Critical Junctures             

3. 8 Dialogue Blockers             

Lesson Strand 4: Reading Across Genres

4. 1 My Genres Box             

4. 2 Analyzing Genres             

4. 3 Analyzing Realistic Fiction           

4. 4 Reading Multigenre Picturebooks          

4. 5 Approaching Historical Fiction           .

4. 6 Analyzing Advertisements           

4. 7 Reading Magazines            

4. 8 Reading Biographies            

Lesson Strand 5: Comprehending Novels and Extended Texts

5. 1 Booktalks              

5. 2 Reflecting on Coding Patterns           

5. 3 Literary Gossip             

5. 4 Comparing Book Covers            .

5. 5 Insiders and Outsiders with Novels          

5. 6 Intertextual Influences            

5. 7 Character Evolution            

5. 8 Quotable Quotes             

Lesson Strand 6: Critical Reading in the Social Sciences

6. 1 Approaching Primary Source Documents         

6. 2 Examining Primary Source Document Photographs       

6. 3 Analyzing and Creating Expository Texts         

6. 4 Analyzing Historical Fiction           

6. 5 Reading for Debates About Historical Events        

6. 6 Student Think-Aloud Clubs           

6. 7 Think-Aloud Comparisons           

6. 8 What Is NOT in the Book?           

Lesson Strand 7: Comprehending Visual Images

7. 1 Approaching a Multimodal Text          

7. 2 Basic Elements of Visual Design          

7. 3 Considering Borders            

7. 4 Signifying Importance            

7. 5 Image Zones              .

7. 6 Modality              

7. 7 Perspective and Viewing Distance          

7. 8 Artistic Styles             

Lesson Strand 8: Interpreting Texts Through Literary Theories

8. 1 Archetypes in Literature  &


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