Comprehension Instruction Through Text-Based Discussion

Linda Kucan and Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar

FREE: Guide for Teacher Education and PD Sessions and Informational
Texts for Classroom Discussions

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts call for engagement with text that "builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews" and emphasize more use of informational texts in the elementary grades. Kucan and Palincsar's tools for text-based discussion can help teachers meet these important goals!

Linda Kucan and Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar have created an all-inclusive book-and-DVD set that can help you advance upper elementary students' comprehension of informational text by supporting understanding of ideas in the text and building knowledge with those ideas.

The chapters first present the theory behind quality text-based discussions for building comprehension, then walk you through lessons based on four specially commissioned informational texts. You'll gain several tools to support text analysis, planning, and enacting discussion, as well as a number of discussion moves and activities designed to support student interactions with texts.

The accompanying DVD shows you how to apply the tools effectively, with video episodes of two teachers leading students in discussions of informational texts about natural and social science topics. All components in Comprehension Instruction Through Text-Based Discussion have been designed to be used together, providing a strong foundation for individual study, school-based professional learning communities, and preservice and in-service teacher education.

© 2013 | 176 pp.
ISBN 13: 978-0-87207-497-2

Comprehension Instruction Through Text-Based Discussion

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