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Think Big With Think Alouds, Grades K-5


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Foreword by Douglas Fisher Acknowledgments CHAPTER 1 The Genius of Think Alouds: To Think Big, Readers Need to Hear What "Big" Sounds Like What Think Alouds Are What Think Alouds Are Not Why Think Alouds Are Relevant Today The Educational Theories Behind Think Alouds Practice Makes Perfect: The Three-Step Process to Planning Think Alouds A Final Note About the Three-Step Process How to Use This Book Final Thoughts Ready for a Trial Run? CHAPTER 2 Think Aloud With Focus: Five Comprehension Strategies That Go the Distance How Think Alouds Benefit Our Readers Arming Yourself With the Five Essential Think Aloud Strategies The Five Essential Think Aloud Strategies Final Thoughts Ready for a Trial Run? CHAPTER 3 Read Once: Identifying Juicy Stopping Points An Overview Using Poetry in Kindergarten Using Narrative Text in Third Grade Using Informational Text in Fifth Grade Final Thoughts Ready for a Trial Run? CHAPTER 4 Read Twice: Determining Where and When to Think Aloud Examining the Original Stopping Points in "Sick" by Shel Silverstein Examining the Original Stopping Points in Enemy Pie by Derek Munson Examining the Original Stopping Points in Eyes and Ears by Seymour Simon Final Thoughts Ready for a Trial Run? CHAPTER 5 Read Three Times: Writing the Scripts on Sticky Notes Signaling for Think Alouds Think Aloud Sentence Starters Introducing the Three-Column Chart The Think Aloud Scripts for Our Model Texts Final Thoughts Ready for a Trial Run? CHAPTER 6 How Did They Go? Teachers Share Successes and Challenges Inside K-5 Classrooms: A Yearlong Study Lessons Learned From the Yearlong Study Ideas to Hone Your Thinking Aloud Evaluating Your Own Thinking Aloud Final Thoughts Ready for a Trial Run? CHAPTER 7 Students Do: Tips and Tools for Helping Your Readers Think Aloud on Their Own Using Gradual Release of Responsibility to Scaffold Think Alouds Encouraging Self-Evaluation With Think Alouds Applying Think Alouds Across Content Areas Thinking Aloud With Visuals Final Thoughts Ready for a Trial Run? Appendices Appendix A: Sample Think Aloud Appendix B: Sample Texts Appendix C: Think Alouds for Sample Texts Appendix D: Think Aloud Sentence Starters Appendix E: Three-Column Think Aloud Chart Appendix F: Think Aloud Script for The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen Appendix G: Think Aloud Script for A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon Appendix H: Think Aloud Self-Evaluation Appendix I: Think Aloud Scripts Appendix J: Putting It Together: Think Aloud Scripts References Index

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Molly Ness is an associate professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University, and earned her PhD in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on reading comprehension instruction, the instructional decisions and beliefs of preservice and inservice teachers, and the assessment and diagnosis of struggling readers. A former Teach For America corps member, she is an experienced classroom teacher. She is the author of Lessons to Learn: Voices from the Front Lines of Teach For America (Routledge Falmer, 2004). Her research has been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals including The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership, Reading Horizons, Journal of Reading Education, Reading Psychology, and Journal of Research in Childhood Education. She is an active member of the following professional organizations: Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER), National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE), Literacy Research Association (LRA), International Reading Association (IRA), Professors of Reading Teacher Educators, Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading, and Phi Delta Kappa. Her book, The Question is the Answer, was published in 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

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