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Jennifer Serravallo's 5 Lenses to Assess and Teach Readers: Comprehension

Comprehension: Making Meaning Matters


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Three weeks ago we started an online conversation around Jennifer Serravallo’s (@JSerravallo) 5 lenses for assessing and teaching readers using the hashtag #literacylenses. We discussed engagement during our first week, including methods of assessing engagement in students and classrooms. Then we moved on to the different  aspects of fluency: automaticity, intonation/expression/prosody, phrasing/parsing, emphasis, and pace. Last week we talked about print work/decoding. Our goal is to cover one lens each week, followed by a recap. We will be providing you with some of the assessment tools we highlight as well as strategies to help you teach.

This week we are going to focus on the fourth piece of the puzzle: comprehension. To truly read is to uncover meaning within a text, understand what the author is saying and have your own reactions and responses. We will be posting tips, tools, and strategies from four of Jen's books: Conferring with Readers,Teaching Reading in Small GroupsThe Literacy Teacher’s Playbook K–2 and The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook Grades 3–6.

We have created blank versions of some of the tools Jen discusses in her books for you to download and use in your classrooms. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for both Microsoft Word and PDF versions of the tools from week 1 (engagement) and week 2 (fluency).

If you’re on Twitter, we are using the hashtag #literacylenses to capture the conversation from beginning to end. We'll see you there!

Blank Reading Log D-I WORD Blank Reading Log D-I PDF
Blank Reading Log J-M WORD Blank Reading Log J-M PDF
Blank Reading Log L+ WORD Blank Reading Log L+ PDF
Blank Rereading Log D-I WORD Blank Re-reading Log D-I PDF
Blank Reading Interest Survey K-2 WORD Blank Reading Interest Survey K-2 PDF
Blank Reading Interest Survey 3-6 WORD Blank Reading Interest Survey 3-6 PDF

Blank Engagement Inventory WORD

Blank High-Frequency Word List WORD

Blank Engagement Inventory PDF

Blank High-Frequency Word List PD

Jennifer Serravallo is a national literacy consultant and the bestselling author or coauthor of the Heinemann titles Teaching Reading in Small GroupsConferring with ReadersThe Literacy Teacher’s Playbook K–2 and The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook Grades 3–6. She started out teaching grades 3–5 in Title I schools and then spent eight years as a national staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

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Topics: Video, Conferring with Readers, Reading, Teaching Reading in Small Groups, The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook, Assessment, Comprehension, Conversation, Fluency, Jennifer Serravallo, Print Work, Running Records

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