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The 6 Comprehension Strategies Every Reader Must Learn


Kids’ thinking matters. When students begin to understand that their thinking matters, reading changes. Throughout the school day, kids are actively questioning, discussing, arguing, debating, responding, and generating new knowledge. We can’t read kids’ minds, but one way to open a window into their understanding is to help them bring their thinking to the surface by talking and writing about it.

The Primary and Intermediate Comprehension Toolkits emphasize responsive teaching with lessons that explicitly teach the language of thinking. With this metacognitive scaffolding, teachers are able to gradually release to kids the responsibility for comprehending the wide variety of nonfiction texts they encounter. Toolkit lessons strengthen the specific kinds of thinking proficient readers use: six comprehension strategies that research has shown are part of an effective reader’s mental toolkit. The Comprehension Toolkit guides you through the explicit instruction of these six comprehension strategies:

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Connecting Comprehension and Content: A Visual Podcast with Anne Goudvis and Stephanie Harvey

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Anne Goudvis and Stephanie Harvey have created the Short Nonfiction for American History Series in order to embed reading and thinking strategies into social studies and history instruction, so that comprehension and thinking strategies become tools for learning and understanding content. Throughout the series, Anne and Stephanie show that teaching historical literacy means merging thoughtful, foundational literacy practices with challenging, engaging resources to immerse students in historical ways of thinking. 

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Content Literacy: Building Knowledge Through Thinking-Intensive Learning


Written By Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis for the Heinemann Professional Development Catalog.

E. B. White (n.d.) reminds us to “always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” You can’t help but ask questions in a room that is filled to bursting with great text, stirring images, engaging artifacts, and so on. Content-rich classrooms make wondering irresistible. Stimulating environments fuel kids’ natural curiosity. Teachers who create classrooms like this instill a disposition to explore, investigate, read on, and learn more. The real world is rich, fascinating, and compelling, and because kids are living in it, let’s replicate it in our classrooms.

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How To Acquire And Use Knowledge, And Dive Deeper Into Different Perspectives


In this video blog, authors Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis introduce the new lesson book in The Comprehension Toolkit, second edition – entitled Content Literacy: Lessons and Texts For Comprehension Across The Curriculum.

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How To Teach Comprehension Responsively At Any Grade Level With Any Text


In this video blog, authors Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis share how The Comprehension Toolkit is a flexible teaching resource that—through the gradual release model—allows teachers to make the lessons their own, at any grade level and with any text.

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Developing Thinking Intensive Learning – Within a Lesson, Across a Lesson, and Over Time


In this video blog, authors Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis share how The Comprehension Toolkit helps to show evidence of developing students’ thinking over time.

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