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Make learning more exciting through engagement with authentic questions. Includes sample lessons, discussion techniques, and questioning schemes for all content areas. (Grades 4+)


Author :
Wilhelm, Jeffrey
Publisher :
Scholastic (2000)

Shows how students can comprehend, appreciate and converse with all kinds of texts through the use of Think-Alouds. Includes practical activities and sample work. (Grades 4+)

In this short podcast, Wilhelm explains the strategies and how they work.

Author :
Wilhelm, Jeffrey
Publisher :
Scholastic (2001)

Fresh takes on teaching literacy elements, with ready-made exercises to use in reading workshops: character, setting, point of view and theme.


Author :
Smith, Michael W. & Wilhelm, Jeffrey D
Publisher :
Scholastic Teaching Resources (2010)

The benefits and use of strategy-based reading instruction. Practical, thoughtful ideas for teaching comprehension to students of all ages.


Author :
Oliver Keene, Elin & Zimmerman, Susan
Publisher :
Heinemann (2007)

Offers practical tools to help students explore non-fiction and to dig for deeper understanding of the real world.


Author :
Harvey, Stephanie
Publisher :
Stenhouse (1998)

Debbie Miller shares her new thinking about comprehension strategy instruction, the gradual release of responsibility instructional model, and planning for student engagement and independence.


Author :
Miller, Debbie
Publisher :
Stenhouse (2012)

Explores the wonderful interplay between art and text. Authors featured include David Weisner, Besty Lewin, Lane Smith, Brian Selznick, Bryan Collier and David Shannon.

Author :
Evans, Dily
Publisher :
Chronicle Books (2008)

How to devote more time to reading instruction in the older grades, without neglecting content demands. Also check out Sibberson’s blog.


Author :
Sibberson, Franki & Symusiak, Karen
Publisher :
Stenhouse (2003)

Shows how to teach kids to think while reading and offers many mini-lessons for teaching comprehension. Includes oodles of great book titles for reading with students.


Author :
Harvey, Stephanie & Goudvis, Anne
Publisher :
Stenhouse (2007)

Includes 30 model lessons for teaching 6 effective reading comprehension strategies as well as recommended picture books, activities and assessment tips and tools. (Grades 2-5)


Author :
Zimny, Joanne
Publisher :
Scholastic Teaching Resources (2008)