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06.15.16 My Reading Reconsidered Interview with Bob Barrett on WAMC

In case you missed it, I recently did a radio interview with Bob Barrett of To The Best of Our Knowledge on my local NPR affiliate, WAMC in Albany.  Really nice to have a long (25 mins) in depth conversation with a jounralist who’s read the book and thought about it. Thought some readers might enjoy…


04.18.16 Building Autonomy via the ‘Literary Analysis Protocol’

Chapter 8 of Reading Reconsidered describes tools teachers can use to build Intellectual Autonomy… students’ ability to ask and answer their own questions of a text.  One of the tools we describe in the book is the literary analysis protocol, an exercise where a teacher regularly gives students a short passage from a book and asks…


01.22.16 Reading Reconsidered–An Overview and Annotated Table of Contents

I was grateful to get to spend some time recently talking about Reading Reconsidered with Liana Heitin of EdWeek, but I found myself feeling like I didn’t capture the book in talking about it–bits and pieces maybe but no sense of the whole. One reason–other than my own failure to describe–is that it’s a big sprawling…


10.17.15 Writing for Reading: An Excerpt from ‘Reading Reconsidered’

As many readers of this blog know, Colleen Driggs, Erica Woolway and I are finishing the manuscript of our forthcoming book on literacy, Reading Reconsidered. This morning, in fact, I was editing the introduction to a chapter called “Writing for Reading,” a discussion of the synergies between reading and writing and how to unlock more of…


05.28.15 Close Reading our Definition of Close Reading

Colleen, Erica, and I are about to put our manuscript of Reading Reconsidered to bed.  One of the most important chapters is on Close Reading, and Close Reading has a definition problem.  We set out to start our discussion of it with a rock-solid definition and that process required a bit of Close Reading in and…