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Comprehension [Grades K-12]

The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading

Comprehension is the structured, comprehensive, three-pronged approach—skill, will, and thrill—you need to empower students to comprehend text and take action in the world.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071812839
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: September 15, 2020

Price: $40.95



Radically change the way students learn from texts, extending beyond comprehension to critical reasoning and problem solving. 

Is your reading comprehension instruction just a pile of strategies? There is no evidence that teaching one strategy at a time, especially with pieces of text that require that readers use a variety of strategies to successfully negotiate meaning, is effective. And how can we extend comprehension beyond simple meaning?

Bestselling authors Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Nicole Law propose a new, comprehensive model of reading instruction that goes beyond teaching skills to fostering engagement and motivation. Using a structured, three-pronged approach—skill, will, and thrill—students learn to experience reading as a purposeful act and embrace struggle as a natural part of the reading process. Instruction occurs in three phases:    

  • Skill. Holistically developing skills and strategies necessary for students to comprehend text, such as monitoring, predicting, summarizing, questioning, and inferring.
  • Will. Creating the mindsets, motivations, and habits, including goal setting and choice, necessary for students to engage fully with texts.
  • Thrill. Fostering the thrill of comprehension, so that students share their thinking with others or use their knowledge for something else.
Comprehension is the structured framework you need to empower students to comprehend text and take action in the world. 


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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and How Learning Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.

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Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Her published titles include Visible Learning in Literacy, This Is Balanced Literacy, Removing Labels, and Rebound. Nancy is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California and learns from teachers and students every day.
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Nicole Law

Nicole Law, PhD, served as a curriculum coordinator for English language learners, cultural responsivity, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), district equity, and mathematics and science instruction in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this position, Nicole created multilayered and multifaceted professional learning for teachers and administrators covering all aspects of directed programs and curricular areas. In 2008, Nicole received the National Milken Award from the state of Indiana. Prior to her leadership role, Nicole was a science teacher, administrator, and a building principal. She has an MED in elementary administration and supervision from Butler University and a PhD from Indiana State University. Nicole is the co-author of Collective Equity and Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: The Point of Comprehension Is Not Comprehension

But What Is Reading?

Teaching Students to Comprehend

Skilled Readers or Strategic Readers

Constrained and Unconstrained Skills

Is Comprehension Enough?

Chapter 2: Skill in Reading Comprehension

Skill in Reading Comprehension

Background Knowledge in Reading

The Sounds of Language

Phonics: Sound and Print

Fluency in Reading

Vocabulary in Reading

Comprehension Strategy Instruction


Chapter 3: Will in Reading Comprehension

Will in Reading Comprehension

Dispositions That Underpin Learning

Creating the Classroom Conditions for Will to Flourish


Chapter 4: Thrill in Reading Comprehension

Thrill in Reading Comprehension

The Right and the Responsibility of Criticism

Reading Through a Critical Literacy Lens

Goal Setting Through Student-Generated Questions

Taking Action

Chapter 5: Tools for Reading Comprehension Instruction

Texts as Tools for Fostering Comprehension

Text Readability and Text Complexity

The Special Cast of Digital Texts

Texts in Primary Grades

Tasks as Tools for Fostering Comprehension

An Instructional Framework That Works






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