Written by Ruth Schoenbach, Lynn Murphy, and Cynthia Greenleaf, co-directors of the WestEd-sponsored Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI), this significantly updated second edition of the bestselling book contains strategies for helping students in middle school through community college gain the reading independence to master subject area textbooks and other material. Reading for Understanding proves it’s never too late for teachers and students to work together to boost literacy, engagement, and achievement.
In this excerpt, educators learn that reading is much more than just reciting the words on the page – it is a process of problem-solving. Schoenbach explains the important characteristics of reading that reveal the many levels of understanding that must take place while a student reads.
Ruth Schoenbach is co-director of WestEd’s Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI) and one of the principal developers of the Reading Apprenticeship framework.