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Colleen offers literacy teachers a valuable comprehension instruction “hack”:
help students get inside the brains of the writers they read by doing the
same kind of writing themselves before they read. She argues convincingly
that the more students understand how something was made, the better
they’ll understand it when they encounter it as readers. She doesn’t just offer
compelling research to prove it; she offers teachers dozens of paired lessons
so that students will read and write information texts with more power. The
Most professional books on teaching nonfiction focus on teaching writing
or reading, but not both. In this unique book, Colleen Cruz shows us how to
teach complementary writing and reading lessons that will help students use
what they’re learning about nonfiction writing to help them become more
powerful nonfiction readers.
This book refuels your energy to think about the way you plan and teach
reading and writing. Colleen holds strong to the tenets of workshop—choice,
voice, and agency—then beautifully blends the lessons and theory with her
vast experience in classrooms, new research on writing and reading, and the
dance we do with it all now in the digital world. The structure of the book
and the lessons are completely accessible for all teachers, the way Colleen
believes the learning and craft to be accessible for all students. It’s a gamechanger
Lots of books teach us the reasons why writing matters, yet Colleen adds a new reason to the list: Writing can be a lever that lifts our kids' reading work. And that can happen even when kids are not writing about reading, but are, instead, doing their own important writing work. Once again, Colleen nudges us forward.