Deeper Reading

  • Title:Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12
  • Author:Kelly Gallagher
  • Publication Date:January 2004
  • Grade Level:4-12
  • ISBN:9781571103840
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Do your students often struggle with difficult novels and other challenging texts? Do they think one reading of a work is more than enough? Do they primarily comprehend at a surface-level, and are they frequently unwilling or unable to discover the deeper meaning found in multi-layered works? Do you feel that you are doing more work teaching the novel than they are reading it?

Building on twenty years of teaching language arts, Kelly Gallagher, author of Reading Reasons, shows how students can be taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension. In Deeper Reading, Kelly shares effective, classroom-tested strategies that enable your students to:

  • accept the challenge of reading difficult books;
  • move beyond a "first draft" understanding of the text into deeper levels of reading;
  • consciously monitor their comprehension as they read;
  • employ effective fix-it strategies when their comprehension begins to falter;
  • use meaningful collaboration to achieve deeper understanding of texts;
  • think metaphorically to deepen their reading comprehension;
  • reach deeper levels of reflection by understanding the relevance the book holds for themselves and their peers;
  • use critical thinking skills to analyze real-world issues.

Kelly also provides guidance on effective lesson planning that incorporates strategies for deeper reading.

Funny, poignant, and packed with practical ideas that work in real classrooms, Deeper Reading is a valuable resource for any teacher whose students need new tools to uncover the riches found in complex texts.


Author Bio

Since 1985, Kelly Gallagher has devoted himself to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking—first and foremost, as a high school ELA teacher in Anaheim, California, and also as a author/consultant who works with educators around the world. Today, he is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education.

Always in search of a better way, Kelly honed his craft by taking on leadership positions in several key literacy programs, including the California Reading and Literature Project, the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach, and the Puente Project, a University of California outreach program that prepares under-represented high school students for transition into universities. For several years, he taught secondary literacy courses as an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton, and, most recently, he served as the president of the Secondary Reading Group of the International Literacy Association (ILA).

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