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Teaching Interpretation

Using Text-Based Evidence to Construct Meaning

By Sonja Cherry-Paul, Dana Johansen
Foreword by Lucy Calkins

Teaching Interpretation demystifies the interpretation process, helping teachers show students how to construct, revise, and test their interpretations.  Lesson ideas, text recommendations, and templates help you easily incorporate the work of interpretation into your practice.

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"How glad I am that this book has arrived on the scene!  It reminds us that teaching towards the Common Core can be some of the most demanding, significant, and bold work you could possibly do.  In Teaching Interpretation, you'll join two extraordinary teachers in demythologizing the essential skills of Common Core-aligned reading, and in teaching those skills in such a way that students own them."
Lucy Calkins

What does interpretation really mean? What does it look like in the classroom?  How can we effectively teach students of all reading levels to be successful at constructing interpretations? 

 “With the Common Core calling for students to take part in the rich and rigorous work of interpretation,” write Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen, “it is necessary for all teachers to learn how to teach this important work in ways that reach all learners.”  Teaching Interpretation demystifies the interpretation process and help teachers take on the challenge of showing students how to construct, revise, and test their interpretations.  Presented in manageable chunks that can work with any curriculum, they offer a conceptual framework that makes the interpretation process transparent to both teachers and students.   Lesson ideas, text recommendations, templates, and suggestions for how to differentiate help you easily incorporate the work of interpretation into your practice, while student samples and graphic organizers make it all visible. 

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