Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Into the Book ~ Strategies for Learning

Into the Book is a free online multimedia resource designed to improve students' reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum.  This is a great site with lots of visually interesting activities that focuses on eight learning strategies:

  • Using prior knowledge
  • Making connections
  • Questioning
  • Visualizing
  • Inferring
  • Summarizing
  • Evaluating
  • Synthesizing

Into the Book includes:

  • student website featuring interactive reading comprehension activities
  • teacher website featuring music, video clips, classroom design ideas, posters, teacher guides, lesson plans and lots more

The nine Into the Book student episodes feature an extraordinary classroom where a group of ordinary students use powerful learning strategies to enter the world of the story. Programs show student viewers how to use these strategies when reading fiction, nonfiction, or everyday text. They'll also model real-life applications of the strategies. For more information, video clips, and a teacher guide to using the video programs, click on "Student Video" under each strategy.


"Teaching children which thinking strategies are used by proficient readers and helping them use those strategies independently creates the core of teaching reading. If proficient readers routinely use certain thinking strategies, those are the strategies children must be taught. For the kindergarten-through-twelfth-grade reading curriculum to focus primarily on those strategies, we need a new instructional paradigm: Our daily work with children must look dramatically different from the approaches in wide use in our schools today."
—Keene, 1997, pp. 53-54

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