I Read It, But I Don’t Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers (Tovani)

This is my second time through this book. This time, though, I read it with more focus and urgency. I have many students who are “word callers.” In Tovani’s terms, word callers “can decode words but don’t understand or remember what they’ve read” (14). She offers a dozen or so strategies that are both familiar and useful (sounding), and she seems to have the credentials to offer them. Still, I do wish she’d offered some concrete evidence that they, you know, work, or at least some anecdotes.

She’s got something, though. I was reading it and a student pointed at the title and said, “That’s exactly how I feel.”

I’ll probably see if I can introduce her ideas at my school.


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