The Reading Strategies Book 2.0 is a new, expansive, extensively researched edition of author Jennifer Serravallo’s trusted literacy guide for teachers. Written with today’s teachers and literacy landscape in mind, the skill progressions that organize each chapter make it easy to find strategies to target individual needs, supplement curriculum aligned to standards, and monitor progress. Each strategy page also provides classroom-ready prompts, lesson language with updated mentor texts, teaching tips with advice for differentiation, and hundreds of new classroom charts. Research links and citations woven throughout provide an evidence base for every idea and suggestion.
A True Research-Based Classroom Resource
The updated edition features over 700 unique citations from fields such as cognitive science, neuroscience, linguistics, education, and psychology. Research citations can be found on every page of the book. Each strategy page now includes a new Research Link feature that summarizes applicable and relevant research findings that inform the strategy.
The book opens with a robust, all-new “Getting Started” chapter, which leans on more than 150 studies to provide a crucial foundation and review of key topics relating to effective literacy instruction, including the research base for strategies, important research-based frameworks for reading instruction, how strategies fit alongside other important aspects of reading instruction such as phonics and knowledge-building, and how to provide effective feedback to readers.
New If–Then Skill Progression Organization
Strategies within each chapter in the new edition are now organized by skill progressions. Using an “if–then” structure, the new organization simplifies finding the right strategy, saving preparation and planning time and ensuring teachers choose a more targeted, effective strategy for each learner. Skill progressions also help teachers identify skills aligned to grade-level standards to use strategies to supplement curriculum, target skills for whole-class lessons, or help teachers identify patterns of need within the class to facilitate small-group instruction.
“I’m so excited to bring this new version of Reading Strategies to teachers, classrooms, and parents across the country,” said Jennifer Serravallo.
New Lesson Language and Teaching Resources
The Lesson Language feature is incorporated throughout the book to show how a teacher might offer an explicit demonstration aligned to a strategy. These sections were completely rewritten for The Reading Strategies Book 2.0 and feature a set of inclusive, diverse children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult expository and narrative texts. New and revised Teaching Tips in each chapter offer advice for differentiation or provide background information to support teacher effectiveness. The new edition also features a classroom-ready chart for each strategy, and over 200 charts are brand new. The charts are clear, streamlined, easily replicable, and designed to be effective for a wide range of grade levels.
Reading Strategies 2.0 also includes new, higher-level strategies across chapters to support middle school students, advanced readers, and their teachers. These new strategies support skills such as analysis and critique and content such as evaluating the validity of a source, understanding satire, and using allegories and archetypes to interpret a text and find its deeper meanings.