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.
Please enjoy this complimentary excerpt from Comprehension. In this section, the authors discuss the importance of developing constrained foundational skills including phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, and phonics.
Read this article from ILA's "Literacy Across Disciplines" by Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey, authors of Comprehension. Inside, the authors discuss their vision for not only deepening students' understanding of complex texts, but energizing and inspiring students to read passionately.