ABOUT THE BOOK
Boost reading comprehension and engagement for primary, middle-grade, and secondary students with The Reader’s Trace.
The ancient Greek hero, Theseus, navigated his way through the legendary labyrinth by following a spool of thread. With The Reader's Trace, you'll guide students to trace their own thoughts through a text to reveal hidden insights and understanding, not only about stories but about their own reading processes.
This is a book about annotating, text coding, and marginalia, and the many ways that you, as a teacher, can implement these close-reading techniques in your classroom. Interacting with a text in this way will give students the tools, techniques, and behaviors to become strong readers and self-directed, lifelong learners.
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THE BOOK’S PURPOSE
Research shows that close reading, annotating, and text coding:
engage students' entire physiology
provide opportunities for social interaction
help students search for meaning
utilize patterning to categorize and organize information
elicit emotions that are critical to patterning
process parts of text and whole narratives simultaneously
The Reader’s Trace understands that focus and engagement are essential to reading comprehension and that social interaction is crucial for young readers. The book provides hands-on strategies that enable students to reflect upon and learn from their own reading reactions and to recognize patterns within their reading habits. It also shows how students can break down narratives into manageable parts without losing sight of the whole story.
The text coding and annotating demonstrated in The Reader's Trace are fertile ground for leveraging the mind’s natural tendency to create meaning through organization and categorization of text-based information (patterning) and self-monitoring (metacognition), both of which utilize executive brain function as a gateway to higher-order thinking.
And getting students to this level is the goal, isn’t it?
Worksheets & Forms
Library of Text Codes
All buyers of The Reader's Trace will receive access to the following bonus resources:
An extensive Library of Text Codes to include in your own lessons and presentations
Differentiated Passages for student practice
Quick-Start Guides (Before, During, and After Reading) to begin the program now
All of the Forms and Worksheets described in the book
The bonus resources are password protected, but you will find the password at the beginning of the book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jonathan Pickles has taught language arts at the middle and secondary levels for more than twenty years. He has worked in both public and private schools in California, Connecticut, and New York. He is published by N&N Publishing and UPCO. Jonathan currently resides in Dutchess County’s gorgeous Hudson Valley with his wife, daughters, cats, dogs, and one very lucky goldfish.
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