Collaborating Out Loud!
Classroom-Library Partnerships for Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies

Presentation for Libraries * Change * Keeping Up
Arizona Library Association Conference
16 November 2006
Mesa, Arizona

Presented by Diane Skorupski and Judi Moreillon

Book Cover - Collaborative Strategies for Teaching  Reading Comprehension

In this interactive workshop, we will explore using think-aloud protocols to teach reading comprehension while using children's literature and research-based instructional strategies. The presenters will share sample classroom-library collaborative lesson plans from Judi's forthcoming professional book at three levels of literacy development: emerging, advancing and advanced.

Background Knowledge for Educators:

Reading Comprehension Strategies
Research-based Instructional Strategies
Coteaching Approaches
Hand Movements for Water Dance

Anchor Texts for this Presentation:

* Our Librarian Won't Tell Us ANYTHING! A Mrs. Skorupski Story by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa (Upstart, 2006)

* Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Maximizing Your Impact by Judi Moreillon (ALA Editions, 2007)


Emerging Lesson - Determining Main Ideas

Anchor Texts: Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian (Spanyol) and I Want to be a Librarian (Liebman)

Research-based instructional strategies: Nonlinguistic representation and summarizing

Co-teaching examples: Modeling group task and presentation

Link to Lesson Plan (pdf file)

Advancing Lesson - Using Sensory Images

Anchor Text: Water Dance (Locker)

Research-based instructional strategies: Nonlingusitic representation (to scientific illustration)

Co-teaching examples: Collaboratively presenting a read aloud and modeling partner and hand movement support to recall the water cycle

Link to Lesson Plan (pdf file)


Advanced Lesson - Making Predictions and Inferences

Anchor Text: freedom summer (Wiles/Lagarrigue)

Research-based instructional strategies: Advanced organizer (Anticipation Guide) and category matrix

Co-teaching examples: One reading, one recording background knowledge, evidence, and inferences on a category matrix, co-facilitating student discussions and sharing

Link to Lesson Plan (pdf file)

Diane Skorupski, M.L.S., Teacher-Librarian, Maldonado Elementary School, Tucson Unified School District, Tucson, AZ or

Judi Moreillon, Ph.D., Literacies and Libraries Consultant or

Updated: 25 November 2006