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.


Author Bio

Douglas Fisher is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and was honored as an exemplary leader by the Conference on English Leadership. He has published numerous articles on improving student achievement.

Nancy Frey is a professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University. Frey also teaches classes at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Early Career Award from the Literacy Research Association. She has published many articles and books on literacy and instruction.

Diane Lapp is a distinguished Professor of Education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she teaches both preservice and graduate courses in literacy education. Lapp’s major areas of research and instruction are issues related to struggling readers and writers, their families, and their teachers.

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