The Reading Comprehension Blueprint Activity Book: A Practice & Planning Guide for Teachers

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by Nancy Hennessy and Julia Salamone

Grounded in the science of reading, this book is a practical field guide to intentional instruction that enhances reading comprehension skills for all learners. The activity book covers every section of the Blueprint: vocabulary, syntax and sentence comprehension, text structures, background knowledge, and levels of understanding and inference as well as expression of understanding. For each of these critical areas, this activity book gives educators:

  • Clear and concise guidance on the what, why, and how of instruction
  • Sample lesson plans that teachers can use as models for their own
  • Instructional activities that help students build key skills needed for comprehension
  • Ready-to-use tips for successful teaching
  • "Try This" activities that help teachers reflect on and hone their instruction
  • Supports for diverse learners, including students with learning disabilities and English language learners
  • Reader-friendly definitions of important terms
  • Links to multimedia content for further learning

Perfect for professional development, this hands-on resource can be studied by individual educators, discussed in small groups, or used as the focus for a training program or learning community. A must-have for current and future K-8 educators, reading specialists, and other practitioners, this activity book helps teachers apply their knowledge of structured comprehension instruction in their classrooms—and strengthen reading success for every learner.

Editorial Reviews:

Melissa Loftus And Lori Sappington, Hosts of the Melissa & Lori Love Literacy podcast

Clear step-by-step instructional routines to implement in your classroom tomorrow…A perfect companion to [Hennessy’s] Blueprint.

Nancy Chapel Eberhardt, Educational consultant and coauthor of Sortegories and Syntax: Knowledge to Practice

Translates the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of reading comprehension instruction into the ‘how.

Stephanie Stollar, Ph.D., Mount St. Joseph University, Founder of the Reading Science Academy

“When you are trying to learn something new and complex, nothing compares to seeing multiple examples at different grade levels, and this book delivers exactly that.