This self-paced online course shares the research findings for how to support reading for depth and provides tips for how teachers can bring those practices into their classrooms. We explore what makes depth challenging for students, then find ways to improve instruction in order to tackle those challenges.
The course is divided into 12 modules covering the three keys to helping students read for depth: activating thinking, supporting thinking, and revealing thinking.
Course introduction: How do we overcome the obstacles to depth?
- asking higher-order questions
- facilitating discussion as part of the reading process
- encouraging strategic annotation
- modeling expert reading
- understanding the role of content knowledge in reading comprehension
- improving access to text
- scaffolding complex text
- building vocabulary for transfer
- integrating formative assessment into daily instruction
- improving feedback for better results
- promoting extensive writing
- encouraging students to think like expert readers
Each module takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be taken in any sequence. Each module is followed by an "Action and Reflection" activity that puts the lesson into practice, as well as a multiple-choice quiz.