Webinar series: Teaching reading comprehension with Dr Janelle Wills

Webinar series: Teaching reading comprehension

with Dr Janelle Wills

Reading is an active process of thinking. Effective readers are engaged in a continual process of monitoring their understanding, making adjustments, connecting new information to background knowledge, asking questions, inferring meaning and synthesising ideas.


This webinar series, presented by Dr Janelle Wills, focuses on the development of these important skills through explicit instruction, detailing practical instructional strategies teachers can use to maximise student engagement and achievement. It also addresses the need for vocabulary instruction to increase comprehension and introduces a six-step process to help students learn critical academic vocabulary terms

Essential Teaching Reading Comprehension resources

Boost reading comprehension with this powerful combination of assessment and instruction. These new, updated editions of the popular best-sellers CARS® & STARS® Plus expand on the research-proven success of the earlier series to make boosting your students’ reading comprehension with targeted instruction in the core strategies even easier.

The program consists of ten levels (P–H) that allow you to identify and teach twelve reading and comprehension strategies, and improve literacy results. The program is divided into two parts: CARS (the assessment portion) and STARS (the instruction portion). Each CARS & STARS Plus level consists of both a student book and a teacher guide.

Julia A Simms and Robert J Marzano

Discover a model for reading development and 100+ targeted instructional strategies. The New Art and Science of Teaching Reading presents a compelling model for the stages of reading development structured around five key topics: (1) foundational skills, (2) word recognition, (3) reading fluency, (4) vocabulary, and (5) reading comprehension.

More than 100 reading-focused instructional strategies are laid out in detail to help teachers ensure every student becomes a proficient reader. This book will help all teachers address the learning outcomes for reading necessary for student success.

Debbie Miller

In Reading with meaning, Debbie Miller chronicles a year in her own classroom, giving her own vision of strategy instruction and intentional teaching and learning. She offers planning documents with matching assessments to ensure that no child falls through the cracks, along with a list of titles that will engage and delight students.

Just like thoughtful teachers everywhere, Debbie is always thinking about ways to best meet the needs of her students and collaborating with colleagues and experts on strategies forward. This book showcases her newest, best thinking.

Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis

In this new edition of their ground-breaking book, Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis offer new perspectives on how to explicitly teach thinking strategies to that students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers.

Thirty new lessons and new and revised chapters shine a light on children’s thinking, curiosity, and questions. The book tackles close reading, close listening, text complexity and critical thinking. Other fully revised chapters focus on digital reading, strategies for integrating comprehension and technology, and comprehension across the curriculum.

Robert J Marzano

Ensuring students have a working knowledge of basic and advanced vocabulary serves as an important foundation for  literacy development and academic achievement.

Based on a robust analysis of high-frequency words, Robert Marzano identifies more than 8,000 basic, advanced, and academic vocabulary terms for grades K–5. The terms are organised into 444 semantic clusters, which have been carefully curated to provide a rich semantic context for students and aid their learning. With this book, teachers will obtain tools and strategies to ensure students master basic and advanced vocabulary terms before the middle years.

Lindsay Carleton and Robert J Marzano

Get your students excited about vocabulary learning with these thirteen fun games designed for students at all levels. Puzzle stories, category creators, word harvests and much more make learning easy and fun.

The step by step approach clearly explains the design, set up, materials and directions for each game, and an extensive appendix is filled with vocabulary terms that are considered critical based on educational research by the Marzano Institute. This Revised Australian edition offers sample questions, suggestions and examples to help you teach each game.