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Chapters 1-4 entry

I found this book very interesting to read and useful. I liked the connection to reading and writing, and I liked the way Gallagher organized the chapters around comprehension problems that students might face when reading new and challenging texts.

His work reminds me of the classic elements of effective instruction--anticipatory set, teaching for deeper meaning, teaching for transfer, etc., but the focus on high school English is really nifty.

I think this could be a a valuable companion book for any English teacher. For example, when teaching a difficult book like Their Eyes Were Watching God, I could go directly to "Effective First-Draft Reading" and use activities like Twenty Questions, Shift Charts, Trouble Slips, etc. I might even break the class into groups with different groups doing different activities.

I'm always looking for good stuff to do in class that has a purposeful bent. Again, I love the story "Love."

Comments

Last summer I did this with Beers, and I'm continuing with Gallagher--keeping a list at the back of my journal of reading strategies to embed in my literature units. By the end of the institute last year, I had two pages of activities to use in my lesson plans for reading comprehension.

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