Experienced readers understand that reading is simultaneously a top-down and bottom-up process. They work quickly both to notice the kind of text they’re reading and to notice the topic(s) the text is addressing (top down). That noticing has two major benefits. First, it allows them to draw upon relevant prior knowledge in their efforts to make meaning. Second it allows them to notice what details in the text are most important (bottom-up). Those details help experienced readers change or refine their initial understandings. Those refined understandings guide experienced readers’ noticing of additional details that in turn lead to more refined understandings. And on and on.
Unfortunately inexperienced readers don’t I do the same kind of noticing. In my session, we’ll focus on a sequence of instruction designed to teach students the rules of notice that experienced readers employ. More specifically, my workshop we’ll focus on a sequence of seven different kinds of lessons designed both to teach kids four rules of notice and to make meaning with what they have noticed. Participants will experience the lessons and have a chance develop lessons on their own.
Each attendee that attends Text Complexity on June 23 will receive a copy of Diving Deep into Nonfiction as part of their registration fee.
Friday, June 23, 2017 8:00 AM - 4:00 PMPacific Time
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