Yesterday we delved into useful strategies to model reading comprehension. Today we are going to explore some of my favorite books to use when modeling each strategy. Let’s get started.
It is so important to find books that you really connect with when modeling this strategy. It’s pretty hard to have a text-to-self connection with a story when you have no background knowledge (schema) for the text. These are some texts that I like to use because I do have a connection with them.
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
When selecting texts for this strategy, you want to select authors who do a great job at crafting visual images. Look for juicy descriptive words that describe both the setting and the characters.
*Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
*Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Meteor by Patricia Polacco (Almost all of Polacco’s books are great for visualizing and most other comprehension strategies too!)
*Note- I don’t like to use either of these books if the child has already seen a movie version of the story.
Texts for this strategy need to have a meaty problem/solution or a deep meaning to generate lots of good questions.
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Friedman
Big Al by Andrew Clements
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Non-fiction texts work really well with this strategy. I love to use kid’s magazine articles for determing importance. My favorite magazines include Ranger Rick, National Geographic for Kids and Sports Illustrated for Kids.
Don’t be afraid to use wordless books when introducing this strategy regardless of the age of the learner.
A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting
Any of the Carl books by Alexandra Day which are wordless books. Wordless books are great for teaching inferring.
Fables by Arnold Lobel
Texts that really make you think or where your thinking changes over the course of the text work best for modeling this sophisticated strategy.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
Stone Soup by Jon Muth
These are a few of my picks. What are your favorite books to use with each strategy?
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