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Reality Checks: Teaching Reading Comprehension with Nonfiction, K-5

Author and Bio

Tony Stead became a teacher because he wanted to make a difference in children's lives. He is certainly doing that through his publications, teaching, and work with teachers all over the world. Tony Stead is an Australian educator who has taught in elementary schools and lectured at the University of Melbourne. He is the past president of the Melbourne Chapter of the Australian Reading Association and the author of many publications. His latest include Is That a Fact?: Teaching Nonfiction Writing and the video series Time For Nonfiction, which highlights his recent work with several teachers at the Manhattan New School. He believes that professional development should be "hands-on, relevant, reflective, engaging, empowering." He encourages teachers to "take off the teacher hat and replace it with that of the learner," and to celebrate successes, no matter how small.

Summary of Book

This book focuses on teaching comprehension using informational/nonfiction texts. As this is a critical piece of every reading curriculum, Tony Stead offers insights into why both teachers and children struggle when teaching/reading nonfiction. From a perspective of text density, vocabulary, text features, and lack of background knowledge, this book offers strategies for using nonfiction across the curriculum with students.

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