What is reading, but silent conversation.
Walter Savage Landor
To a great extent within classrooms, the language used
by teachers and students determines what
is learned and how learning takes place.
Wilkinson and Silliman, 2000
As I read, I work to...
Monitor, clarify, refine & repair my understanding of the text.I employ my phonological awareness, phonics knowledge, fluency models, vocabulary wells, and multiple ways of knowing to understand a variety of genres.
I talk to myself by saying:
n “I get it...”
n “I think…”
n “This is about...”
n “Okay, here’s what I know so far…
n “I’m thinking…because…”
n “I know…”
n “Hmm, I don’t really get this/understand this…
I’d better reread that part…”
Monitoring Understanding Unit of Study Touchstones
Self-Talk for Monitoring Understanding:
I don’t get it. Hmm, what should I do now?
I better reread that.
I will try that again.
This made me think about.../I was thinking...
Tell me what you are thinking.
Does that make sense?/What would make sense here?
Does that look right?/What would look right there?
Does that sound right?/What would sound right there?
Have a go./Try that again./Give that another try.
Reread that part.
Ask the author for a “Pardon me. What did you say?” like I showed you during our shared
reading. Reread the text to hear the words again.
Check the picture.
What could you do to help yourself there?
Let’s try one of our new word strategies there. Which one do you think would work there?
Share your movie/video of this story/piece.
Monitoring Understanding Mentor Texts:
Any book in your classroom or home! :)
Student authored texts
Author autobiography and biography texts
Metaphorical texts such as Making Tracks (David Hawcock and Jan Lewis, 1994), Making Tracks (Steve Parker, 1998) and Workshop (Andrew Clements, 1999)
Atkins, S. Beth Voices From The Field: Children of Migrant Farmworkers Tell Their Stories
Baker, Keith 1-2-3 Peas
Boynton, Sandra All titles
Buzzeo, Thomas One Cool Friend
Christelow, Eileen Five Little Monkeys
Mr. Henshaw Beverly
Clements, Andrew The Landry News
Cowley, Joy Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm
Crews, Donald School Bus
Cronin, Doreen Diary of a Worm
Cummings, Pat Talking to Artists
Danneberg, Julie First Day Jitters
Fleming, Denise In the Small, Small Pond
Frazee, Marla A Couple of Boys Have the Best Weekend Ever
French, Jackie Diary of a Wombat
Gantos, Jack Jack’s Black Book
Gomi, Taro Spring Is Here
Griego, et. al. Tortillas Para Mama
Haseley, Dennis A Story for Bear
Heide & Gilliland The Day of Ahmed’s Secret
Hills, Tad Rocket Writes a Story
Hort, Lenny The Seals on the Bus
Jenkins, Martin Can We Save the Tiger?
Kirkpatrick, Taylor Worthwhile
Lowry, Lois Anastasia Krupnik
MacLachlan, P. Arthur, For The Very First Time
McGrath, Barbara I Love Words
McPhail, David Fix It!
Meyer, Mercer A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
Moss, Marissa Amelia’s School Survival Guide (series)
Moss, Marissa Max’s Logbook
Moss, Thylias I Want to Be
Myers, Walter Dean Monster
Nagda, Ann W. Dear Whiskers
Paulsen, Gary The Winter Room
Pearson, Susan How to Teach a Slug to Read
Pollack, Pam Who is J.K. Rowling?
Raymer, Dottie Molly’s Route 66 Adventure
Ringgold, Faith Cassie’s Word Quilt
Roe, Eileen All I Am
Stepanek, Mattie Celebrate through Heartsongs (poetry series)
Viorst, Judith Alexander, Que Era Rico el Domingo Pasado
Wildsmith, Brain Can You Do This?
Willems, MO We Are in A Book!
Wolff, Ashley Oh, the Colors/De Colores