designs tools she refers to as comprehension constructors. These constructors
are simply tools for holding thinking while reading. Tovani writes that constructors
are designed to “pull kids through a comprehension process” by helping students “name their thinking and
make it visible.” As Tovani designs these constructors, she asks herself
how she would read the text and tries to predict where problems would occur. Then,
Tovani designs a recording form to help alleviate these comprehension breakdowns. A
word of advice: the simpler and more authentic the comprehension constructor is, the better.
of Comprehension Constructors
· Reading Response Log – My personal example
Double-Entry Diary – My personal example
Highlight and Revisit – My personal example
further reading, see Do I Really Have to Teach Reading, Chapters 2 and 6, as well
as the appendix.