Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact

192p. bibliog. charts. illus. index. ALA. 2012. pap. $50. ISBN 978-0-8389-1088-7. LC 2011029708.
The target audience for this book is pre-service school librarians and classroom teachers, although veteran practitioners may also learn a few tricks along the way. Readers will gain a "background knowledge in literacy instruction based on research and writing in the fields of education and librarianship" with sample lessons to put into practice. The authors define various co-teaching approaches that focus on learning outcomes; therefore, emphasis is given to evaluation and assessment. They define reading-comprehension strategies: "Activating or Building on Background Knowledge," "Using Sensory Images, "Questioning," "Making Predictions and Drawing Inferences," "Determining Main Ideas," "Using Fix-up Options," and "Synthesizing." Each chapter provides a description of the strategy, guidance on how to teach tit, connections to literature, and a listing of tween, YA, and adult literature cited in the chapter. The lessons are based on three different levels of readers' abilities: advancing, advanced, and challenging. Standard lesson plans are included, and are enriched with ideas for collaboration and guidance in how to proceed through the lesson. Extensive downloadable supplemental materials are available online as "web extras" and include lesson plan graphic organizers, mentor texts, rubrics, and thematic text sets, to name just a few.—Wendy M. Scalfaro, G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton, NY

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