Trees in the Forest: Growing Readers & Writers through Deep Comprehension

Trees in the Forest: Growing Readers & Writers through Deep Comprehension


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Grade Level:  K - 1th2 (can be modified for all ages)

Learn the most effective strategies to help students deepen reading comprehension and strengthen writing skills!

How do I use it?

Teach students of all ages to practice close reading and analytical writing. This difficult challenge requires focused attention, comprehension, and analysis—three language skills which may seem too complex to teach. To tackle this complexity, Trees in the Forest takes educators on a personal journey, engaging the educator in all three skills through both reading and writing. As educators follow this step-by-step experience, they unpack the process and grow personal comprehension skills. At the end of their journey, educators are prepared to guide students to deeper literacy skills.

Trees in the Forest includes five interactive strategies educators use to help students develop deep reading skills and practice thoughtful writing. Repeated usage throughout the school years will help students generate greater engagement and response. The activities are language and art-based and will augment any language arts program.

Activities within Trees in the Forest can be reprinted for use with any story.

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How does it help?

The multisensory strategies in Trees in the Forest  break down a complex, high-level task into its manageable parts. Educators will better understand the learning process and why students learn best when they are engaged and working to a level of success. In addition, the reading and writing strategies work for students of all levels, including those who struggle.

These research-supported, hands-on approaches promote student engagement, fostering deep learning as well as abstract thinking.

“I am a retired special education teacher and school administrator who now provides professional development to teachers Pre-K through 8th grade. I know good teaching when I see it, and I recognize the challenge of breaking the complexities of instruction into its finer points. Rita Cevasco presents complex ideas with simple activities, allowing you the opportunity to practice the process, promoting confidence as you build on the complexity. (Sounds just like good teaching, doesn’t it?!) Trees in the Forest will not only guide you towards deeper instructional activities, but will provide a springboard for your own future lessons. I strongly recommend your taking the time to explore this beautiful book!”

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