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Review of 'Reading Reconsidered' (Lemov, Woolway & Briggs)

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:30 am
by Debbie_Hepplewhite ... onsidered/

Reading Reconsidered

Posted on March 5, 2016

‘Teach Like a Champion,’ by Doug Lemov, changed my teaching profoundly: it was the most practical and helpful piece of writing I had ever encountered, and transformed my classroom practice, giving me specific aspects to hone and improve.

When I heard that Lemov had been an English teacher, it didn’t surprise me – in particular, in TLAC 2.0 there are several techniques which are especially useful for the English teacher. When I heard he was co-authoring a book on reading, I had very high hopes. ‘Reading Reconsidered,’ written by Lemov with Erica Woolway and Colleen Driggs, does not disappoint. With a nod to the poetic importance of literature (‘this book is about the enduring power of reading to shape and develop minds’), again, we have a manual for practice; specific things that teachers can do, day in, day out, to read effectively with pupils.

Re: Review of 'Reading Reconsidered' (Lemov, Woolway & Briggs)

Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:58 pm
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Recorded excerpt about the importance of non-fiction as 'background knowledge':

Why Background Knowledge is Crucial for Literacy

An excerpt of "Reading Reconsidered" by Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs and Erica Woolway ... d-excerpt/

In the new book Reading Reconsidered: A Practical Guide to Rigorous Literacy Instruction, Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs, and Erica Woolway offer clear guidance on how to teach students to be better readers. In this excerpt, they illuminate why background knowledge is so important to reading comprehension. Lemov, Driggs, and Woolway are leaders of the Teach Like a Champion team at Uncommon Schools, where they work to design and implement teacher training and principal training programs based on the study of high-performing teachers.

Reading nonfiction poses a double challenge for most students. Comprehension of nonfiction often demands a strong base of prior knowledge, but reading nonfiction is also one of the primary ways such a base of knowledge is built. Nonfiction, in other words, both relies on and develops knowledge, and the significance of this paradox is far reaching.

Re: Review of 'Reading Reconsidered' (Lemov, Woolway & Briggs)

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 12:06 am
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
A Second Excerpt on Building Background Knowledge from Reading Reconsidered ... onsidered/