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Understanding Texts & Readers
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Part I: Readers, Texts and Levels-and What It Means for Comprehension
Comprehension Goals and Considerations
Reader and Text Variables that Impact Comprehension
Merging Levels and Comprehension: What to Expect in the Parts Ahead

Part II: Fiction: Texts, Readers, and Comprehension
Studying Fiction and Supporting Readers: A Framework for Comprehension
Understanding Fiction Texts: A Level-by-Level Guide to Characteristics
Understanding Fiction Readers: A Goal-by-Goal Guide to Readers' Comprehension of Increasingly Complex Texts

Plot and Setting
Character
Vocabulary and Figurative Language
Themes and Ideas

Part III: Nonfiction: Texts, Readers, and Comprehension
Studying Nonfiction and Supporting Readers: A Framework for Comprehension
Understanding Nonfiction Texts: A Level-by-Level Guide to Characteristics
Understanding Nonfiction Readers: A Goal-by-Goal Guide to Readers' Comprehension of Increasingly Complex Texts

Main Idea
Key Details
Vocabulary
Text Features

Part IV: Assessment and Instruction: Bringing Your Understanding of Texts and Readers to the Classroom
Knowing Students: Interests, Language, Culture, Background Knowledge, and More
Assessing and Evaluating Comprehension
Matching Readers With "Just Right" Books
Conducting Goal-Setting Conferences
Using a Variety of Reading Strategies for Teaching Comprehension
Using a Variety Structures: Methods for Teaching Comprehension

Conclusion: The Alchemy of Reading

About the Author

Jennifer Serravallo is the author of New York Times' bestseller The Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular Heinemann professional books, The Writing Strategies Book; Teaching Reading in Small Groups; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K - 2 and Grades 3 - 6. Her newest books are Understanding Texts & Readers, and A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences. In Spring 2019, Jen's new Complete Comprehension: Fiction and Complete Comprehension: Nonfiction will be released. This assessment and teaching resource expands upon the comprehension skill progressions from Understanding Texts & Readers and offers hundreds more strategies like those in The Reading Strategies Book. Additionally, Jen is the author of the On-Demand Courses Strategies in Action: Reading and Writing Methods and Content and Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes, where you can watch dozens of videos of Jen teaching in real classrooms and engage with other educators in a self-guided course. Jen began her career in education as a NYC public school teacher and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Through TCRWP, and now as an independent consultant, she has spent over a decade helping teachers across the country to create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals. Jen holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes. Learn more about Jen and her work at https: //www.heinemann.com/jenniferserravallo/, on Twitter @jserravallo, on Instagram @jenniferserravallo, or by joining The Reading and Writing Strategies Facebook Community.

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