Nancy Frey & Douglas Fisher RIGOROUS READING—5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Text
Last spring we were given the opportunity to pilot the Smarter Balance Assessment in sixth grade. This n
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.” These two standards are the supportive bookends for the remaining standards.
Frey & Fisher support teachers, schools and districts to move toward proficiency through five access points.
1. Purpose & Modeling: What am I learning and show me how through a teacher think- aloud. (My personal favorite part of the lesson- I do.)
2. Close and Scaffold Reading Instruction: Teachers guide students not just once, but several times through the text. (We do. We do. We do.)
3. Collaborate Conversations: Teachers facilitate collaborative student conversations to develop habits of interactions and analytical thinking. (Ya'll do.)
4. Independent Reading Staircase: Progressing students forward thinking through challenging text to foster metacognitive awareness. (You can do it!)
5. Performance: Feedback and Instruction is based on assessments for learning to support student’s ability to demonstrate their understanding of text in a variety of ways.
I can’t remember reading a book and being exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time. How can I move forward and share this critical research based practice with teachers? I believe, Frey & Fisher had the same experience because at the end of the book is a linear Professional Learning Guide. The framework is intended for school or district site professional developers to support teachers and leaders to develop instruction on how to effectively comprehend complex text through “Rigorous Reading.” A rare find and worth every minute of your time!