2nd Edition

Reading with Meaning Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades

By Debbie Miller Copyright 2012

    Ten years since her first edition, author Debbie Miller returns with Reading with Meaning, Second Edition: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades to share her new thinking about reading comprehension strategy instruction, the gradual release of responsibility instructional model, and planning for student engagement and independence. Reading with Meaning, Second Edition delves into strategy and how intentional teaching and guided practice can provide each child a full year of growth during their classroom year. New in this edition are lesson planning documents for each chapter that include guiding questions, learning targets, and summative assessments, as well as new book title recommendations and updated FAQs from the first edition.Also included are strategic lessons for inferring, determining the importance in each text, and synthesizing information. Teachers can help students make their thinking visible through oral, written, artistic, and dramatic responses and provide examples on how to connect what they read to their own lives.In this book, Miller reflects on her professional experiences and judgement along withcurrent research in the field. She provides a guide for any teacher hoping to build student relationships and develop lifelong independent learners.

    Prologue; Introduction to the Second Edition; 1: Guiding Principles; 2: In September, Part One; 3: In September, Part Two; 4: In October; 5: In November and December; 6: In January and February; 7: In March and April; 8: In May


    Debbie has been a national consultant since 2000, but still has those back to school dreams in the fall. After playing school in the basement of her childhood home in Lititz, Pennsylvania, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Millersville University and Temple University and spent the next four decades as an educator. She's worked as a classroom teacher, migrant education teacher, Title I reading teacher, and literacy coach in Pre-K through grade 10 in diverse public school settings. Her love of teaching stems from her love of learning. I have always loved learning. Becoming a teacher was a way I could share that love of learning with children and eventually, with adults. A big part of her learning is listening to teachers and their professional development needs. When I work with teachers, I try to understand their needs by finding out what they know and listening to their questions. Then I begin where they are and work with them to help them take the next steps toward where they (and/or their school systems) want (them) to be. I believe in professional reading and professional learning communities, and support teachers in their quest to best meet the needs of all students in their classrooms. Debbie's ideas for her books also come from her work with teachers. She listens for frequently asked questions, patterns, teachers' needs, and keeps a writer's notebook to collect ideas, thoughts, and notes. Often, the old joke comes to mind: how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That's how I write: Bit by bit, on planes, in hotel rooms, in my office on a rare day. Teachers' questions and comments spur me on through my daily, ongoing work in classrooms, which sustains my craft. Debbie's family has changed and grown in recent years. Her son, Jon, and daughter, Jessica, are both married, and she now has a granddaughter, Chloe, with another on the way. Debbie's husband, Tom, passed away in 2012.

    "I walk away from this book inspired." - Room 241 blog