Academic journal article Childhood Education

Comprehension across the Curriculum: Perspectives and Practices K-12

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Comprehension across the Curriculum: Perspectives and Practices K-12

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COMPREHENSION ACROSS THE CURRICULUM: Perspectives and Practices K-12. Kathy Ganske & Douglas Fisher. New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 2010. 313pp. $32.00. This book was originally intended for study groups, or to stimulate school district-wide discussions about improving comprehension instruction for all grades. The authors believe that learning comprehension does not solely take place within language arts, and they want to remind educators that comprehension takes place throughout the day in all aspects of study.

In Part 1, "Theoretical Perspectives," teachers are asked to rethink the concept of what it means "to understand." As educators, we should be very explicit in our initial teaching of new concepts and explain to students how this is important for comprehension strategies. The section then addresses comprehension in the primary grades and how there is more concentration in this area now more than ever. It addresses challenges in comprehension in grades 7-12 and possible solutions. Part 2, "Classroom and School Applications" (chapters 4-12), begins with the role of comprehension in the primary grades through high school. Starting with chapter 7, the focus changes to interdisciplinary studies of mathematics, social studies, science, modern literacies (such as Web pages), and a variety of other media. Comprehension also is discussed with regard to English language learners and to using nonfiction books within social studies and science curricula. …

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