Friday, May 03, 2013

Annemarie Palincsar publishes new book for teacher educators and teachers

Tags: educational studies, palincsar

Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar and Linda Kucan (University of Pittsburgh) have created an all-inclusive book-and-DVD set titled Comprehension Instruction Through Text-Based Discussion. Palincsar and Kucan were featured authors at the 2013 International Reading Association conference in San Antonio, TX.

The book aids teacher educators and teachers in the instruction of upper elementary student comprehension of informational text by supporting understanding of ideas in the text and building knowledge with those ideas. The chapters first present the theory behind quality text-based discussions for building comprehension, then walk the reader through lessons based on four specially commissioned informational texts. The book contains tools to support text analysis, planning, and enacting discussion, as well as a number of discussion moves and activities designed to support student interactions with texts. The accompanying DVD demonstrates how to apply the tools effectively, with video episodes of two teachers leading students in discussions of informational texts about natural and social science topics.

To learn more, visit the International Reading Association website.

Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar is Chair, Educational Studies, Professor of Education; Jean and Charles Walgreen Professor of Reading and Literacy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

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