“Effective reading strategies are like my favorite recipes; they teach you how to accomplish something that is not yet automatic in a broken down, step-by-step manner…Strategies make the often invisible work of reading actionable and visible.”
The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers is an invaluable resource for anyone involved with reading or literacy instruction. Former NYC teacher and educational consultant Jennifer Serravallo (author of The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook, Teaching Reading in Small Groups, and Conferring with Readers) shares 300 practical and flexible strategies for K-8 readers. Each color-coded chapter covers one of thirteen specific reading goals from supporting pre-emergent/emergent readers, teaching fluency, and supporting comprehension in fiction and nonfiction to improving comprehension and writing about reading. Each strategy — one per page — is expanded upon and includes the skill covered, teaching tips, prompts, and a visual.
The Reading Strategies Book will help support focused, differentiated instruction on the individual, small group, or whole-class level in a variety of literacy frameworks including the Daily 5, guided reading, and literacy centers. It’s a must for a teacher’s bookshelf…or desk as you will likely refer to it so often. Serravallo suggests using it “like a big cookbook, each day planning a several course meal” (13).
*If you are an educator and interested in a professional development opportunity based on this book, check out Heinemann Professional Development Services’ 3-part series of live webinars/virtrual PLC: “Using Reading Strategies in the Classroom: Matching Methods to Purpose Throughout the Year” — presented by Jennifer Serravallo. Three sessions are offered 8/19/15, 12/3/15, and 3/10/16. The great thing about webinars is you can watch after school with colleagues or from the comfort of your own home.
**UPDATE: If you missed the first session, you can still register! Heinemann will send you the video recording and you can join the remaining two sessions in December and March. I just finished the first webinar where Jennifer walks through how to use the hierarchy as outlined in the book to match goals to individual learners with examples and a case study.