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Thinking Strategies for Student Achievement
Improving Learning Across the Curriculum, K-12

Second Edition


August 2006 | 248 pages | Corwin
'This resource provides a repertoire of high-effect comprehension strategies. It is important for classroom teachers and school leaders to be able to justify why they are using specific strategies and what the benefits are of a specific strategy. Nessel and Graham provide this justification' - W. Dorsey Hammond, Professor of Education, Salisbury University

How can teachers improve students' higher level and creative thinking? The revised edition of this handbook provides strategies and sample lesson plans to help students learn to think more effectively and to raise their achievement levels.

Drawing upon past and recent research, the authors discuss the importance of actively engaging all students - including those with a history of low achievement - in higher levels of thinking. The thirty specific strategies can be readily integrated into daily lesson plans.

This step-by-step guide shows teachers how to:

• Help students develop, refine, and extend their thinking capacities

• Challenge students to creatively approach complex and unfamiliar material

• Encourage students to bring their own perspective to class assignments

• Provide students at all learning levels with appropriate support

With its user-friendly, practical approach, this important resource should be in the hands of every teacher!

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Thinking--Levels, Purposes, and Contexts
 
1. Analogies
 
2. Anticipation Guide
 
3. Carousel Brainstorming
 
4. Cloze Procedure
 
5. Cubing
 
6. Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DRTA)
 
7. Facts and Inferences
 
8. Frayer Model for Concept Development
 
9. Freewriting
 
10. Games for Thinking
 
11. Graphic Organizers
 
12. I-Search Reporting
 
13. Imitation Writing
 
14. Jigsaw
 
15. Journals and Learning Logs
 
16. Key Word Notes
 
17. Key Word Prediction
 
18. KWL
 
19. List Group Label
 
20. Notetaking
 
21. Paraphrasing
 
22. Possible Sentences
 
23. Read and Think Math (RAT Math)
 
24. Read Talk Write
 
25. Readers' Theater
 
26. Reciprocal Teaching
 
27. Saturation Reporting
 
28. Scrambled Words and Sentences
 
29. Think-Pair-Share
 
30. Writing Frames
 
Resource: Combining Strategies--Sample Lessons
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“Teachers at all levels will find this material useful because the text describes each strategy, explains its benefits, presents step-by-step procedures to teach each strategy, and provides suggestions for implementation."

Leonard J. Villanueva, Sixth Grade Teacher
Honowai Elementary School, Waipahu, HI

“This book can be used at all grade levels and with any curriculum. The layout of each chapter is great, guiding teachers through the strategy without scripting."

Kael Sagheer, Fifth Grade Teacher
Willa Cather Elementary School, Omaha, NE

"One of the book’s major strengths is the simple and straightforward organization of each chapter, which makes the material predictable, accessible, and easy to follow."

Patty McGee, Fourth Grade Teacher
Norwood Elementary School, NJ

"This resource provides a repertoire of high-effect comprehension strategies. It is important for classroom teachers and school leaders to be able to justify why they are using specific strategies and what the benefits are of a specific strategy. Nessel and Graham provide this justification."

W. Dorsey Hammond, Professor of Education
Salisbury University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1


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