Reading First in Virginia: Comprehension | Bibliography


pix Harvey, S., & Goudvis, A. (2000). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension to enhance understanding. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

This book focuses on teaching specific comprehension strategies. The book contains over forty strategy lessons appropriate for K-8. The strategies include making connections, asking questions, visualization, inferential thinking, extracting important ideas, and synthesizing information. This book supports reading and writing practices across the curriculum and would be appropriate for subject specific teachers. In addition, this book contains a useful appendix with lists of favorite books for each strategy, text sets, professional journals, and response options.


pix Tierney, R., & Readence, J. (2000). Reading strategies and practices: A compendium (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

This volume houses a comprehensive collection of reading strategies and instructional techniques. The book includes lesson frameworks, literature-based approaches, phonics and word identification, content area literacy, comprehension development, and oral reading. This book allows the reader an active role in examining and evaluating the selected strategies. It is particularly useful for comprehension and vocabulary instruction, and is appropriate for beginning through instructional readers.


pix Yopp, R., & Yopp, H. (2001). Literature-based reading activities (3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

This practical book is broken into prereading, during-reading, and postreading comprehension activities that can be used with a whole class, small group, or one on one. Great for all types of readers, Yopp and Yopp give a detailed description of the purpose of each activity and its implementation. This book also includes information on how to use literature in the classroom.