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Rigorous Reading, Florida Edition
5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts



June 2020 | 176 pages | Corwin

Newly revised and updated throughout, this new Florida Edition has been specially developed to align with Florida’s new B.E.S.T. Standards.

What it really means to "read closely."

What could Fern Arable, Jay Gatsby, and Winston Churchill possibly have in common? They all need masterful teachers to help students revel in their complexity. And Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher are just the two mentors to help you make that happen. Call it close reading, call it deep reading, call it analytic readingcall it what you like. The point is, it's a level of understanding that students of any age can achieve with the right kind of instruction. In Rigorous Reading, Nancy and Doug articulate an instructional plan so clearly, and so squarely built on research, that teachers, schools, and districts need look no further.

The 5 Access Points Toward Proficiency, Purpose & Modeling:

  1. Teachers think aloud to demonstrate critical thinking and how good readers always know why they are reading.
  2. Close & Scaffolded Reading Instruction: Teachers engage students in repeated readings and discussions, with text-dependent questions, prompts, and cues to help students delve into an author's ideas.
  3. Collaborative Conversations: Teachers orchestrate collaborative learning to get students in the habit of exercising their analytical thinking in the presence of their peers.
  4. An Independent Reading Staircase: Teachers artfully steer students to more challenging books, with strategic bursts of instruction and peer conferences to foster metacognitive awareness.
  5. Performance: Teachers offer feedback and assessments that help students demonstrate understanding of text in authentic ways and plan instruction based on student understanding.

There's more . . . Also included are illustrative classroom video clips available via QR codesmaking Rigorous Reading the only resource a teacher, school, or district needs to seriously stretch students' capacity to read and comprehend text.

 
List of Videos
 
Foreword
 
INTRODUCTION: Your Access Point
 
CHAPTER 1. Ramping Up for Complex Texts
Reading Complex Texts

 
A New Definition of Text Complexity

 
Reading Closely and Carefully

 
Accessing Complex Texts Through a Gradual Release of Responsibility

 
The Organization of Learning Expectations in Florida

 
Organization of Rigorous Reading, Florida Edition

 
Summary

 
 
CHAPTER 2. Access Point One: Modeling and Learning Intentions
Accessing Complex Text Requires Modeling

 
Accessing Complex Text Requires a Clear Learning Intention

 
Summary

 
 
CHAPTER 3. Access Point Two: Close and Scaffolded Reading Instruction
Accessing Complex Text Requires Close Reading

 
Accessing Complex Text Requires Scaffolded Reading Instruction

 
Summary

 
 
CHAPTER 4. Access Point Three: Collaborative Conversations
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Collaborative Conversations

 
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Student-to- Student Interaction

 
Summary

 
 
CHAPTER 5. Access Point Four: An Independent Reading Staircase
The Goals of Independent Learning

 
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Wide, Independent Reading

 
Increasing At-Home Reading

 
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Conferring

 
Summary

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Access Point Five: Assessing Students’ Understanding
Checking for Understanding

 
Providing Effective Feedback

 
Engaging in Feed-Forward Instruction

 
Summary

 
 
Coda
 
References
 
Index

Worthwhile, intentional, and thorough are watchwords to describe the Florida edition of Fisher and Frey’s Rigorous Reading. This book provides teachers and teacher-leaders with the critical information they need to unfold Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards and improve transdisciplinary literacy acquisition across grade levels. It is mindfully written for those closest to the students—the classroom teachers.”

Enrique A. Puig, EdD
University of Central Florida

“Fisher and Frey have truly outdone themselves with this must-read for all Florida educators—preservice to secondary. Rigorous Reading effortlessly moves from theory to practice while explicitly addressing necessary scaffolds to ensure each and every student can access complex text. The five access points are exactly what educators need to elevate learning and increase cognitive engagement through strong literacy instruction.”

Courtney Lough
Pasco County Schools, FL

“Just as our students require scaffolded instruction, so do we teachers in an ever-changing educational landscape. In this book, Fisher and Frey offer Florida’s teachers the what and the how of providing the nuts and bolts to students with diverse needs and states of readiness.”

Paul Holimon
Collier County Public Schools, Naples, FL

“This is a bold book. . . . It is genius, and its unique contribution is in bringing the balance and the centeredness to new education standards.”

P. David Pearson
University of California, Berkeley

“With Rigorous Reading, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey have provided literacy educators who are committed to successfully raising the bar with solutions that make sense. The book is masterfully developed with an extensive reach across many grade levels in terms of defining what it means to provide intentional instruction and teaching text complexity. The five access points are discussed pragmatically with evidence of a solid research base deftly woven throughout the book. This is the most practical book I have come across in terms of providing teachers with the knowledge base and assistance many are seeking to improve their instruction with regard to complex texts.”

Steven L. Layne, EdD

“In Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts, Fisher and Frey help teachers understand how to bring vigor to rigor. They teach us how to help students understand more from their complex texts—greater understanding that will help to bring life and energy to each student’s reading. Rooted in solid research, this is book is a must-read for those grappling with how to translate the recommendations and mandates around text complexity into instructional practices.”

Jennifer Serravallo

“[W]e need resources that show us how to support students in developing their full literacy potential. In this very practical and insightful book, Fisher and Frey examine how conceptions of text complexity are causing us to shift some of our ideas about reading instruction. Rigorous Reading is an important resource that will help teachers align reading instruction in powerful ways.”

Linda B. Gambrell
Clemson University

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College having been an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit, an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, such as PLC+: Better Decisions and... More About Author

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has been a special education teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in public schools. Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books, including The Teacher Clarity Playbook and Rigorous Reading.  More About Author

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