Good writers are in the business of leaving signposts saying, Tour my world, see and feel it through my eyes; I am your guide.
Good readers use signposts, too. And that is the focus of Stephanie Harvey’s and Anne Goudvis’s second book in the Comprehension Toolkit.
“We teach the reader, not just the reading. We want children to be lifelong learners who read actively and independently across the curriculum, who engage their minds and understand what they read. The Toolkit lessons and practices teach kids to use comprehension strategies to ‘read to learn’ as they encounter information and ideas in a wide variety of nonfiction texts.”
—Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis
Again, I have created posters to help the students remember to use these important lessons as they read. There are three posters. One each for lessons 4 – 6. You can find them all here at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Text signposts is a particularly important lesson, as younger students need to be taught to read all the words on a page. Often in non-fiction text they are in the habit of reading only those things that look interesting or catch their eye. Many younger students merely look at the photographs. This is easily evident when they become excited and come with a question about the picture and the answer to their question is in the caption. Reading all of the text takes much practice. It does not come easily as children naturally avoid things they feel will be difficult. That is one of the greatest benefits of this program. Students are given a “toolkit” to help them become more successful readers.
More to come.