Raising the Standards

Raising the Standards

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Sarah Collinge introduces teachers to a new approach to reading chapter books that motivates students by bridging the gap between text and reader. The acronym C. I. A. stands for collect, interpret, and apply—the essential components of the approach. By breaking down the reading process into meaningful stages, Sarah brilliantly simplifies the overwhelming task of reading longer, more complex text. While making the process of reading explicit, the approach increases the cognitive capacities of all readers, whether they are below, at, or above grade level. Sarah presents research-based strategies, including:

1. The Gradual Release of Responsibility

2. Teacher read-aloud and guided practice

3. Co-created charting and the reader’s notebook

4. Targeted vocabulary instruction

5. Writing about reading

You will be amazed at the wealth of material Sarah packs into this compact guide, which is filled with student work samples, strategies and procedures to implement in your classroom, and assessment tips. Raising the Standards through Chapter Books: The C. I. A. Approach presents an approach that is new and innovative, yet that is based on the most significant research in the field of literacy. The Common Core State Standards call for an increase in text complexity, as well as an increase in reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, across grade levels. The C. I. A. approach pushes these priorities for all students.