Browse Books & More by Curriculum: Comprehension
 

20 Reading and Writing Centers: Fun Literacy-Building Centers with Ready-to-Use Picture Cards, Word Cards, Templates, Game Boards, and More
Reading specialist Rosalie Franzese shares 20 of her best literacy centers. The fun activities help students practice letter recognition, letter formation, letter-sound correspondence, word recognition, directionality, one-to-one correspondence, and so much more.
Grades PreK – K
Rosalie Franzese

 
 

3-Minute Reading Assessments: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Comprehension: Grades 1-4
Leveled passages with ready-to-use assessment pages help teachers quickly screen students for reading problems, such as low word recognition, poor fluency rate, and inadequate comprehension
Grades 1 – 4
Timothy Rasinski; Nancy Padak

 
 

3-Minute Reading Assessments: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Comprehension: Grades 5-8
Leveled passages with ready-to-use assessment pages help teachers quickly screen students for reading problems, such as low word recognition, poor fluency rate, and inadequate comprehension.
Grades 5 – 8
Timothy Rasinski; Nancy Padak

 
 

40 Graphic Organizers That Build Comprehension During Independent Reading
The 40 interactive graphic organizers in this book help students use key reading strategies, including making predictions, summarizing, inferring information, identifying main ideas, and so much more.
Grades 2 – 4
Ruth Culham; Anina Robb

 
 

50 Reproducible Strategy Sheets That Build Comprehension During Independent Reading
The 50 interactive strategy sheets in this book help students use key reading strategies, including setting purposes for reading, making predictions, inferring information, identifying main ideas, and so much more.
Grades 4 – 8
Anina Robb

 
 

Action Strategies for Deepening Comprehension
Energize students before, during, and after reading with deepening reading strategies such as inferring, prior knowledge, visualizing, making connections, and more.
Grades 4 – 12
Jeffrey Wilhelm

 
 

Building Independent Readers With Interactive Read-Alouds & Shared Reading
Guided practice is a key component of reading instruction that is too often shortchanged in busy classrooms. Reading experts and veteran teachers Valorie Falco and Rochelle Soloway share their research-based, classroom-tested strategies for filling this instructional gap.
Grades 2 – 5
Rochelle Soloway; Valorie Falco

 
 

Building Independent Readers: A Systematic Approach
Two seasoned teachers share their classroom-tested lessons and strategies that build young readers’ stamina so they can read independently for up to 50 minutes, giving them the extensive reading practice all budding readers need.
Grades 1 – 3
Linda Lee; Mary Haymond

 
 

Closing the Achievement Gap
To meet the instructional needs of the increasingly diverse students in today's middle and high schools, teachers must be more than content area specialists--they must also know how to teach reading. In this practical resource, two teachers share the research-based, classroom-tested techniques they've developed that allow you to teach reading strategies as you teach content.
Grades 6 – 12
Noah Borrero; Shawn Bird

 
 

Complete 4 for Literacy, The
This book provides an organizational framework, detailed models, lessons and practical support for mapping and building grade-specific curriculum across the school year through four major types of units of study—strategy, process, genre, and conventions—that integrate reading and writing.
Grades K – 5
Pam Allyn

 
 

Comprehension Strategies for English Language Learners
With this collection of research-based—and practical—strategies, mainstream classroom teachers can help ease the academic challenges English language learners often face by harnessing the opportunities provided by learning language in a meaningful context.
Grades 4 – 12
Margaret Bouchard

 
 

Critical Literacy: Enhancing Students' Comprehension of Text
Reading from a critical stance is a natural part of comprehension. It involves making connections between the text and the world, questioning the author and the text's purpose, and understanding how we are influenced by the text.
Grades 1 – 8
Glenn Devoogd; Maureen McLaughlin

 
 

Differentiated Activities for Teaching Key Comprehension Skills: Grades 2 - 3
In this collection of standards-based activities, teachers find the leveled materials they need to differentiate comprehension instruction for the range of learners in their classes. Each activity set features a high-interest reading passage that students read independently.
Grades 2 – 3
Martin Lee; Marcia Miller

 
 

Differentiated Activities for Teaching Key Comprehension Skills: Grades 4 - 6
In this collection of standards-based activities, teachers find the leveled materials they need to differentiate comprehension instruction for the range of learners in their classes. Each activity set features a high-interest reading passage that students read independently. Companion activities target specific skills at three levels—below-level, on-level, and above-level.
Grades 4 – 6
Martin Lee; Marcia Miller

 
 

Differentiated Literacy Centers
Developing leveled materials and creating an organizational system to manage it all is an immense undertaking. In this comprehensive resource, veteran teacher and staff developer Margo Southall shares management tools along with hundreds of leveled activities that she has fine-tuned over the years.
Grades K – 3
Margo Southall

 
 

Differentiated Small-Group Reading Lessons
In this highly practical, research-based resource, veteran teacher Margo Southall demonstrates how to form groups based on students' reading goals instead of their reading levels, allowing teachers to target instruction based on specific needs. She includes "When/Then" charts that describe common student difficulties and links them to the appropriate lesson.
Grades K – 3
Margo Southall

 
 

Differentiating Reading Instruction
Differentiated instruction—matching just-right instruction to the needs of each learner—is a powerful and effective way to help all students be successful. In this resource, reading expert, Laura Robb, invites you into her classroom so you can see differentiated reading instruction in action.
Grades 5 – 12
Loviah Aldinger; Laura Robb

 
 

Differentiating Reading Instruction for Success With RTI
Margo Southall shares her classroom-tested tools for differentiating reading instruction within an RTI framework: assessment strategies; when-then charts describing a menu of intervention options; targeted lessons and interventions in word recognition, fluency, and comprehension; techniques for forming and managing small groups; guidelines and practical tips for implementing Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions, and so much more.
Grades K – 3
Margo Southall

 
 

Dont Speed. Read!
The author dispels the misinformation that has arisen about fluency since the National Reading Panel named it as a key element of reading and helps teachers explore and understand their role in supporting students who read with appropriate speed, accuracy, expression and comprehension.
Grades K – 5
Michael Opitz

 
 

Easy Ways to Reach & Teach English Language Learners
How can we help English Language Learners adapt and adjust to life in the classroom—and thrive? ELL specialist Valerie Schiffer-Dannoff shares her success strategies for including ELLs in meaningful instruction and classroom life right from the start.
Grades K – 5
Valerie Schiffer-Danoff

 
 

English Language Learners
Two of the leading experts on English language learning show mainstream teachers in a variety of settings how to support language growth through content areas, organize curriculum around themes, draw on primary language and culture, emphasize meaningful reading and writing, and develop academic language.
Grades K – 12
David Freeman; Yvonne Freeman

 
 

English Learners in American Classrooms: 101 Questions, 101 Answers
The book provides a basic but comprehensive introduction that serves as a state-of-the-art guide to the field, using a straightforward Q&A format designed to focus sharply on the major issues, such as the research on effectiveness of various programs, and assessment and accountability for ELLs.
Grades K – 12
James Crawford; Stephen Krashen

 
 

Essential Spanish Phrase Book for Teachers, The
Overcome the language barrier with your Spanish-speaking students and their families with this handy guide and its indispensable tools.
Grades K – 6
Luisa Perez-Sotelo; Eileen L. Hogan

 
 

Essential Strategies for Word Study
Students learn all about words, inside and out, as they sort and spell, harvest and map, define and design, investigate and analyze, decode and use words—all toward the aim of becoming more effective and efficient readers and writers.
Grades 2 – 8
Timothy Rasinski; Jerry Zutell

 
 

Expanding Comprehension With Multigenre Text Sets
In order to understand a topic deeply, learners must access information from a variety of sources and in many different text genres and media--yet our comprehension instruction often focuses on strategies for understanding single texts in isolation. In this book, a gifted teacher shares a powerful approach she's developed for teaching students to explore a topic using multigenre text sets.
Grades 2 – 5
Maria Nichols

 
 

Fast Start: Getting Ready to Read
Help young children develop their reading fluency, word recognition, and overall comprehension with this easy-to-use early intervention program that takes only ten minutes each night! Parents and children engage in repeated reading of poems, and then they complete a quick, skill-building activity.
Grades PreK – K
Timothy Rasinski; Nancy Padak

 
 

Fresh Takes on Centers: Reading Comprehension
In this comprehensive resource, veteran teacher, reading specialist, and staff developer Mary Beth Allen shares her time-tested organizational tips and tools for easy-to-implement, research-based reading centers. Reproducible activity packets come complete with student directions, templates, record sheets, and graphic organizers to facilitate independent learning.
Grades 3 – 5
Mary Beth Allen

 
 

Grand Conversations - Updated Edition
This updated edition of a 1990 classic advocates the use of real books in a classroom context that places children's enjoyment and interpretation of literature at the center. New material includes a foreword by Shelley Harwayne and tributes to the book's influence by Stephanie Harvey, Lester Laminack, Frank Serafini, and Mary Glover. Assessment tools included.
Grades 2 – 6
Ralph Peterson; Maryann Eeds

 
 

Improving Comprehension With Questioning the Author
In this fully revised and expanded edition of a classic, Isabel L. Beck and Margaret G. McKeown share their new findings on Questioning the Author, the approach that galvanized the research field to look at comprehension instruction in a new way.
Grades 3 – 8
Isabel Beck; Margaret McKeown

 
 

Improving Comprehension with Think-Aloud Strategies
Think aloud as you read from a novel, a textbook, or any other kind of book and watch your students become confident, fluent, readers!
Grades 3 – 8
Jeffrey Wilhelm

 
 

Interactive Comprehension Strategies
One of the hallmarks of an effective reading program is the energetic conversation that surrounds a text students are engaged in reading. Teachers can determine their students' comprehension of the text based on the kinds of questions students ask and the connections they build across text and to their own life stories. In this resource, Frank Serafini shares the strategies that he uses to maximize the effectiveness of these conversations.
Grades K – 8
Frank Serafini

 
 

Interactive Think-Aloud Lessons
In Interactive Think-Aloud Lessons, you will find a wealth of exciting classroom-tested lessons that will aid you in teaching the comprehension strategies--connect, predict/infer, question, summarize, monitor/clarify, and evaluate--through a variety of modalities.
Grades K – 5
Lori Oczkus

 
 

It's Not Complicated! What I Know for Sure About Helping Our Students of Color Become Successful Readers
The book showcases renowned educator Phyllis Hunter’s pivotal guidance for administrators, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens about how best to serve the literacy needs of students of color.
Grades K – 12
Phyllis C. Hunter

 
 

Just-Right Comprehension Mini-Lessons: Grade 1
This resource includes more than 50 research-based comprehension mini-lessons that will engage children and help teachers meet the standards.
Grades 1 – 1
Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Just-Right Comprehension Mini-Lessons: Grades 2-3
This resource includes more than 50 research-based comprehension mini-lessons that will engage children and help teachers meet the standards.
Grades 2 – 3
Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Just-Right Comprehension Mini-Lessons: Grades 4–6
This resource includes more than 50 research-based comprehension mini-lessons that will engage children and help teachers meet the standards.
Grades 4 – 6
Lisa Gilpin; Cheryl Sigmon

 
 

Month-by-Month Reading Instruction for the Differentiated Classroom
Veteran teachers Maria Walther and Katherine Phillips share their comprehensive approach to teaching reading in the K-2 classroom. A menu of mini-lessons for the first 25 days of school help teachers establish routines and introduce reading habits and behaviors. A month-by-month chart organizes a year’s worth of mini-lessons in self-monitoring and decoding skills, comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, writing about reading, and genre awareness.
Grades K – 2
Maria P. Walther; Katherine Phillips

 
 

Nonfiction in Focus: A Comprehensive Framework for Helping Students Become Independent Readers and Writers of Nonfiction
Children's literature experts Janice Kristo and Rosemary Bamford show teachers how to choose nonfiction wisely and teach it wisely.
Grades K – 6
Rosemary A. Bamford; Janice Kristo

 
 

Nonfiction Passages With Graphic Organizers for Independent Practice: Grades 2-4
Get kids reading nonfiction with these 30 high-interest passages on topics such as animals, space, how things are made, and more. Comprehension questions, a graphic organizer, and a writing prompt accompany each selection, providing easily-graded, purposeful homework that's linked to the standards
Grades 2 – 4
Wiley Blevins; Alice Boynton

 
 

Nonfiction Passages With Graphic Organizers for Independent Practice: Grades 4 and Up
Teachers will get kids reading nonfiction with these 30 high-interest passages on topics such as survival in space, natural disasters, famous Americans, and more. Comprehension questions, a graphic organizer, and a writing prompt accompany each selection, providing easily-graded, purposeful homework that's linked to the standards.
Grades 4 – 12
Wiley Blevins; Alice Boynton

 
 

Now I Get It! Teaching Struggling Readers to Make Sense of What They Read
In this comprehensive resource, veteran reading specialists Joan Lazar and Christine Vogel share eight key comprehension strategies together with ready-to-use lessons that they have fine-tuned over years of working with hundreds of struggling readers of all ages—from youngsters to adults.
Grades 2 – 6
Joan Lazar; Christine Vogel

 
 

QAR Now
QAR, Question Answer Relationships, is a powerful, research-based approach for improving reading comprehension that has been helping students become better readers for more than 20 years. Now, QAR's creator, Taffy Raphael and coauthors Kathy Au and Kathy Highfield, have written a comprehensive guide that reflects on two decades of classroom application and expands on the original thinking behind QAR.
Grades K – 8
Kathryn Au; Kathryn Highfield; Taffy E. Raphael

 
 

Reading IS Seeing
Picturing scenes, events, settings, characters, and ideas is essential to reading comprehension - but not all students know how to do it. In this amazing book, a noted educator shows teachers dozens of engaging, interactive techniques that turn reading into a highly visual, enjoyable experience for proficient and struggling readers alike.
Grades 4 – 12
Jeffrey Wilhelm

 
 

Reading Strategy Lessons for Science & Social Studies
Mentor teacher and reading expert, Laura Robb, shares 15 practical, research-based lessons that teachers can use to help kids navigate the special demands of the text they encounter in science and social studies classes. Strategy lessons include building background knowledge, asking questions, visualizing, building vocabulary, synthesizing information, and much more. Includes management tips and student samples.
Grades K – 5
Laura Robb

 
 

Research-Based Reading Lessons for 4-6: Word Study, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
Based on current research and fine-tuned in 4-6 classrooms, these 25 lessons provide direct instruction as well as guided and independent practice activities that have been demonstrated to improve students reading skills.
Grades 4 – 6
Amy Homeyer; Maureen McLaughlin; Jennifer Sassaman

 
 

Research-Based Reading Lessons for K-3: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension
Build a strong foundation for reading success! Based on current research and fine-tuned in K-3 classrooms, these 25 lessons provide direct instruction as well as guided and independent practice activities that have been demonstrated to improve students’ reading skills.
Grades K – 3
Leslie Fisher; Maureen McLaughlin

 
 

Retelling Strategies to Improve Comprehension
Boost students' comprehension by teaching them to retell. Motivating activities and easy-to-use props prompt students to identify literary elements, sequence events, recall details, categorize information, and more.
Grades 1 – 4
Darla Shaw

 
 

Side-by-Side Learning: Exemplary Literacy Practices for English Language Learners and English Speakers in the Mainstream Classroom
Hands-on, project-based learning enhances literacy and language of both English learners and English speakers as they work side by side-even within mandated programs. Book provides research-supported guidelines and strategies, with the DVD showing learners in action within two elementary classrooms where teachers support and stretch students' oral and written English and build content knowledge at the same time. 96 pages + DVD.
Grades 3 – 6
Karen Smith; Carole Edelsky; Christian Faltis

 
 

Success with RTI
This book provides practical, research-based support to help teachers in grades K—5 improve their core instruction and manage the three tiers of intervention that comprise RTI.
Grades K – 5
J. David Cooper; Nancy D. Kiger

 
 

Teacher's Essential Guide Series: Content Area Reading, The
The Teacher's Essential Guide to Content Area Reading leads the reader through Burke's teaching strategies, which draw from a combination of research and Jim's own experience as a public school teacher. He includes invaluable techniques to improve student reading as well as guidelines for explicit comprehension instruction--which strategies to use, when to use them, and how to use them with a variety of texts.
Grades 6 – 12
Jim Burke

 
 

Teaching Comprehension
A comprehensive, research-based resource that makes planning effective reading instruction manageable. The authors have designed a four-part framework that provides a structure for teaching strategies to build vocabulary, activate prior knowledge, strengthen comprehension, and extend learning. Includes planning guides, strategy lessons, student samples, assessments, and more than 50 graphic organizers on CD.
Grades K – 6
Loviah Aldinger; Eileen Carr; Judythe Patberg

 
 

Teaching Comprehension Strategies All Readers Need
For students to understand what they read, they need to be taught strategies good readers use. This book looks at two gifted teachers do just that.
Grades 2 – 5
Nicole Outsen; Stephanie Yulga

 
 

Teaching Comprehension With Nonfiction Read Alouds
In this thoughtful new resource, a master teacher shares her framework for presenting powerful read-aloud lessons that teach students the comprehension skills they need to read nonfiction. You'll learn how to plan and present interactive read alouds of newspaper or magazines articles, textbooks, informational books, and lots more.
Grades 3 – 6
Dawn Little

 
 

Teaching Comprehension With Questioning Strategies That Motivate Middle School Readers
Middle-school literacy expert Larry Lewin shares 12 questioning strategies that boost students' critical thinking and comprehension during and after reading. Easy to integrate into reading assignments in any content-area, these classroom-tested techniques help students engage in a dialogue with the text they're reading, improve their recall and understanding, and build a strong sense of purpose for reading.
Grades 5 – & Up
Larry Lewin

 
 

Teaching English Language Learners: Grades K-5
This book provides situations and issues that teachers may encounter when working with ELLs, and offers grade-level appropriate solutions, teaching approaches, and activities to address them. The book is framed around real questions from real teachers in the field and offers strategies related to oral communication, reading, writing, assessment, special need students, and home school issues.
Grades K – 5
Katharine Samway; Dorothy Taylor

 
 

Teaching Reading Beyond the Primary Grades
With this book, Marjorie Lipson bridges the gap between reading in the primary grades, where students receive daily explicit instruction and guided reading, and reading in middle school, where they must read many genres independently, with understanding. Grounded in Lipson's research in intermediate classrooms, the book provides a blueprint for planning and delivering instruction in word recognition, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
Grades 3 – 6
Marjorie Lipson

 
 

Teaching Reading Through Differentiated Instruction with Leveled Graphic Organizers
Build reading comprehension skills - and reach every learner - with graphic organizers and activity sheets you can use for any book.
Grades 4 – 8
Mary McMackin; Nancy L. Witherell

 
 

Teaching Reading With Think Aloud Lessons
With this giant flip chart, you can teach comprehension to your whole class or small groups with ease and impact.
Grades 4 – 6
Laura Robb

 
 

Teaching Reading: A Complete Resource for Grades 4 and Up
This 3-ring binder from reading expert Laura Robb is the comprehensive resource for research-based reading instruction. In it, Robb has compiled classroom-tested lessons and strategies that help students activate prior knowledge, monitor comprehension, make inferences, write in response to fiction and nonfiction texts, and so much more.
Grades 4 – 12
Laura Robb

 
 

Teaching Reading: A Differentiated Approach
This 3-ring binder from reading expert Laura Robb is the comprehensive resource for research-based reading instruction. In it, Robb has compiled classroom-tested lessons and strategies that help students activate prior knowledge, monitor comprehension, make inferences, write in response to fiction and nonfiction texts, and so much more.
Grades 4 – 12
Laura Robb

 
 

Teaching Reading: Differentiated Instruction With Leveled Graphic Organizers (Grades 1-3)
Help every primary reader build comprehension skills with graphic organizers designed at three levels of challenge. Each of the 15 model lessons in this book is paired with three ready-to-use organizers that support a range of learners.
Grades 1 – 3
Mary McMackin; Nancy L. Witherell

 
 

Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction: Grades 2-4
Teachers can help students read any kind of nonfiction with these easy lessons that introduce key nonfiction elements. Colorful transparencies present maps, graphs, diagrams, time lines and other nonfiction text features.
Grades 2 – 4
Wiley Blevins; Alice Boynton

 
 

Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction: Grades 4 and Up
Help students tackle the textbook with 15 lessons that introduce key nonfiction elements. Colorful transparencies present maps, graphs, diagrams, time lines and other nonfiction text features
Grades 4 – 8
Wiley Blevins; Alice Boynton

 
 

Teaching Text Structures: A Key to Nonfiction Reading Success
Two professors share their research-based, field-tested approach for helping students identify and analyze the most common expository text structures in order to better comprehend the nonfiction they read.
Grades 4 – 6
Sue Dymock; Tom Nicholson

 
 

Teaching Writing in Mixed-Language Classrooms
As classrooms become more and more diverse, teachers are faced with the challenge of meeting the needs of all their students—both English-speaking students and English Language Learners. Teaching writing is especially challenging in these mixed-language classrooms. In this book, a national literacy leader offers a variety of techniques for teaching writing that will motivate all students, while also providing ELLs with the supports they need.
Grades K – 5
Joanne Yatvin

 
 

The Next Step in Guided Reading
Teachers facing the challenge of meeting the diverse reading needs of students will find the structure and tools they need in Jan Richardson's powerful approach to guided reading. Richardson has identified the essential components of an effective guided reading lesson: targeted assessments, data analysis that pinpoints specific strategies students need, and the use of guided writing to support the reading process.
Grades K – 8
Jan Richardson

 
 

Using Name Walls to Teach Reading and Writing
Veteran teacher Janiel Wagstaff shows how to harness the power of children's names to teach key reading and writing skills. ABC Name Walls jumpstart lessons on letter-sound correspondence, identifying beginning, middle, and ending sounds, and blending and segmenting sounds.
Grades K – 2
Janiel Wagstaff

 
 

Using Picture Books to Teach Comprehension Strategies
Reading teacher and children's literature authority Joanne Zimny presents 30 model lessons that teach children to become strategic readers.
Grades 2 – 5
Joanne M. Zimny

 
 

Visual Tools for Differentiating Content Area Instruction
Visual tools expert Roger Essley shows how to engage even the most reluctant learners in reading content area texts and absorbing the information and ideas they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Grades 3 – 8
Roger Essley

 
 

Week-by-Week Homework for Building Reading Comprehension & Fluency: Grade 1
In this follow-up to the best-selling Week-by-Week Homework for Building Reading Comprehension and Fluency, Mary Rose has selected short readings perfect for first graders. Kids take these home with the companion comprehension activity and practice reading with the support of a grown-up.
Grades 1 – 1
Mary Rose

 
 

Week-by-Week Homework for Building Reading Comprehension & Fluency: Grades 2-3
In this follow-up to the best-selling Week-by-Week Homework for Building Reading Comprehension and Fluency, Mary Rose has selected short passages perfect for second and third graders. Kids take these home with the companion comprehension activity and practice reading with the support of a grown-up
Grades 2 – 3
Mary Rose

 
 

Week-by-Week Homework for Building Reading Comprehension & Fluency: Grades 3-6
Can a once-a-week homework activity really boost reading fluency and comprehension? Yes!
Grades 3 – 6
Mary Rose

 
 

Your Core Reading Program & Children's Literature: Grades K-3
Through this pragmatic approach to core reading programs and literature-based instruction teachers are offered opportunities to effectively use both to enhance their students' literacy instruction and learning.
Grades K – 3
Diane Barone; Suzette Youngs

 
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