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Comprehension Through Conversation

  • Title:Comprehension Through Conversation: The Power of Purposeful Talk in the Reading Workshop
  • Author:Maria Nichols
  • Publication Date:August 2006
  • Grade Level:K-6
  • ISBN:9780325007939
  • Publisher:Heinemann

When it comes to reading comprehension, talk isn’t cheap, it’s a valuable way to help children think, articulate their opinions about a text, and get the most from their reading experiences.

Comprehension Through Conversation is a practical guide to comprehension, conversation, and collaboration. Maria Nichols invites you to listen in on reading workshops where purposeful book talk leads students to deeper understandings of fiction, nonfiction, and the world beyond. Moving forward from the widely understood concept that exchanging ideas builds students’ comprehension, Nichols shows you specific ways to use conversation as a scaffolding that bridges prior knowledge to more advanced reading skills and techniques as well as to big ideas such as themes. Her useful ideas for conversations begin with lesson designs that use read-alouds to spark discussions, lead to suggestions for units of study that support children as they read progressively more complex texts, and ultimately build toward fully independent reading and thinking.

Start a new dialogue with your students about reading, thinking, and sharing. Open your curriculum to the types of smart book discussions in Comprehension Through Conversation. You’ll discover that when it comes to increasing reading comprehension, encouraging critical thinking, and creating literate habits of mind, purposeful talk is priceless.

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