[MOSAIC] teaching the book vs. teaching the reader

judy fiene jfiene5 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 19 08:40:59 EDT 2010


Judy,
I  could see how the last post landed on the Mosaic chatboard. You are
correct in suggesting that the activities the teacher did with her class
promotes teaching the book. I agree with you. However, where we respectfully
disagree is that it's not helpful to students. I believe, if the teacher
extended the conversation with the activities by including HOW these
activities relate to what "good readers" do when reading -- it would be a
good anchor lesson. For example, after reading the story about the little
girl who runs away and working on activities that deal with 'identity', the
teacher could encourage students to see how this applies to our
understanding of strategic reading. Using their own personal reading book,
the teacher could spend time having the students discuss how the author
created and developed the main characters in the books they are all reading
answering such questions as: Did the author develop this character -- having
his/her identity stay consisted throughout the story? Did the author change
the character's identity? If so, how and why?  She could explain that when
we read the author gives us information to help the reader have a better
understanding of the characters within the story. Spending time with this
idea, using a lesson (and activities) such as the one described can make the
point to our students about being aware of our thinking (and strategies we
use) while reading.
Happy Sunday.
Judy

On Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 12:03 AM, <jvmazur at comcast.net> wrote:

> I'm sorry to be argumentative, but I think that what you describe is an
> excellent example of teaching kids about a book (or piece of text). Instead
> of your 'fun activities,' I firmly believe that we should be teaching
> reading comprehension strategies to help our kids become better readers. My
> students love delving into text, applying reading comprehension strategies
> and discussing our thinking. We do not color or learn about books; we learn
> to be more proficient readers. Let's not teach the book, let's teach the
> reader.
>
> I have a very hard time understanding how this kind of post winds up on the
> Mosaic chatboard. I suggest you read Mosaic of Thought.
>
> Judy
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Susan Joyce" <seoigh at earthlink.net>
> To: "Mosaic: A Reading Comprehension Strategies Email Group" <
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> Subject: Re: [MOSAIC] Read180 suggestions for Kathleen
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> Kathleen
> I also am in my second year of teaching Read 180. I teach Stage B to 6th
> graders. My classes include both Gen.Ed. and Students w/Disabilities. I also
> require my students to keep a daily reading log. I check the logs every
> Friday for a grade and for the most part, knowing that the logs will be
> checked keeps most of my students "honest".
> One of the ways I try to keep my students engaged with the program is to
> extend the lessons by doing some "hands-on" activities. For example in
> Workshop 2 which covers disasters and focuses on the skill of sequencing, we
> read a story "Fire on a Mountain". After we read the story and complete the
> workshop activities in the rBook, I have my students create a timeline of
> the sequence of events in the story on a foldable and draw pictures to go
> along with the timeline. They seemed to enjoy that. In another workshop
> which concerns "identity", we read a story about a girl who runs away and
> changes her identity. I had my students create an "I Am" poem and draw their
> self-portrait. So, I think if you can find a way to extend the lessons and
> add more creative,"hands-on" experiences, they will be more engaged. Good
> Luck!
> Susan Joyce
> Palm Harbor, FL
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> >>> On 9/16/10 6:58 AM, "Ambrose, Kathleen" <kambrose at hbschools.us> wrote:
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> >>> > Hello-- I am in the second year of implementing READ 180 in my school
> >>> > for
> >>> > Grades 7 and 8-- I am just looking to see if anyone else is
> >>> > implementing
> >>> this
> >>> > program.... any feedback- what works for you? what doesn't work? I am
> >>> always
> >>> > excited to hear how other people are using resources.... Thanks,
> >>> > Kathleen
> >>> >
> >>> > Kathleen Ambrose
> >>> > Reading Specialist
> >>> > Hampton Bays Middle School
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Judy

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