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Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives

  • Title:Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives: Comprehending, Analyzing, and Discussing Text
  • Author:Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Diane Lapp
  • Publication Date:July 2011
  • ISBN:9781935543527
  • Publisher:Solution Tree

Empower students to take ownership of their reading and learning with Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives. In this comprehensive guide, the authors explore the relationship between text, learner, and learning through discussion and rhetorical writing at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Prompt students to become the sophisticated readers, writers, and thinkers they need to be to achieve higher learning. Clearly defined strategies will drive discussion-based learning and examine the hidden dangers of controlling classroom discourse. Foster critical literacy through questioning and instructional routines, and encourage students to find meaning and cultivate thinking from expository texts—even the most challenging ones. Finally, because all students learn differently, you’ll explore new-media texts and web 2.0 to accommodate learning differences among your students.

  • Learn how to establish an inquiry-based and reflective classroom.
  • Explore methods to help students engage deeply with their own ideas.
  • Gain examples of student and teacher dialogues, teacher modeling, and graphic organizers.
  • Review sample assignments, organizational routines, and instructional strategies.
  • Build an understanding of literary and expository texts.
  • Find techniques to make classroom discussions productive and safe.
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Author Bio

Douglas Fisher is professor of language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design, as well as books, such as Creating Literacy-rich Schools for Adolescents (with Gay Ivey), Checking for Understanding (with Nancy Frey), Better Learning Through Structured Teaching (with Nancy Frey) and Content-area Conversations (with Carol Rothenberg), Text Complexity (2/e) (with Nancy Frey) and Text-Dependent Questions, Grades 6-12 and Grades K-5 (with Nancy Frey, Heather Anderson, Marisol Thayre).

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She has co-authored several books on literacy such as Teaching Visual Literacy and Checking for Understanding (with Douglas Fisher), Text Complexity (2/e) (with Doug Fisher) and Text-Dependent Questions, Grades 6-12 and Grades K-5 (with Dou Fisher, Heather Anderson, Marisol Thayre).


She was a co-recipient (with Doug Fisher) of NCTE’s 2004 Kate and Paul Farmer award for outstanding writing for their article, “Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and The Internet In an Urban High School,” published in The English Journal. She teaches a variety of courses in elementary and secondary literacy in content area instruction and supporting students with diverse learning needs.

Diane Lapp, EdD, is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She has taught elementary and middle school and currently works as an 11th- and 12th-grade English teacher at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Her research and instruction focus on issues related to struggling readers and writers who live in economically deprived urban settings, and their families and teachers. She has co-authorder numerous books such as Effective Instruction for English Language Learners, Essential Readings on Comprehension, and Teaching Literacy in First Grade. Dr. Lapp has received the Outstanding Teacher Educator of the Year Award from the International Reading Association, among other honors, and is a member of both the International Reading Hall of Fame and the California Reading Hall of Fame.

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