I enjoyed reading the analogy of watching baseball to reading complex texts. At first, I thought this was ridiculous, but after the point was made about comprehending at a deeper level, it won't leave my mind. Baseball is boring to watch at first, but knowing the intricacies of the game make it much more interesting. I love soccer, too, and find that many people find that boring. I am reminded of how many books that I have taught that are boring to my students and realize that they need to know the intricacies to help build their interest and comprehension.
After reading the chapter, Teaching Challenging Texts, I found that I generally do not spend enough time doing pre-reading activities to prepare my students. Of course, it makes perfect sense now and I have thought of doing it from time to time, but time seems of the essence in our school. It is very common that classroom sets are handed off from one teacher to another and then to another. Our time to prepare, read and discuss is often rushed. I also struggled with Kelly's idea that the first read is like the first draft in writing. Where does a mainstream teacher have time for students to read a 2nd time? Perhaps he means that reading the second time means that students are focusing on a particular concept and not necessarily re-reading the entire chapter or passage.