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Rigorous Reading, Florida Edition

Rigorous Reading, Florida Edition
5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts

Foreword by Eugene Pringle, Jr., Now With Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards!

June 2020 | 176 pages | Corwin

Newly revised and updated throughout, this new Florida Edition has been specially developed to align with Florida’s new B.E.S.T. Standards.

What it really means to "read closely."

What could Fern Arable, Jay Gatsby, and Winston Churchill possibly have in common? They all need masterful teachers to help students revel in their complexity. And Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher are just the two mentors to help you make that happen. Call it close reading, call it deep reading, call it analytic readingcall it what you like. The point is, it's a level of understanding that students of any age can achieve with the right kind of instruction. In Rigorous Reading, Nancy and Doug articulate an instructional plan so clearly, and so squarely built on research, that teachers, schools, and districts need look no further.

The 5 Access Points Toward Proficiency, Purpose & Modeling:

  1. Teachers think aloud to demonstrate critical thinking and how good readers always know why they are reading.
  2. Close & Scaffolded Reading Instruction: Teachers engage students in repeated readings and discussions, with text-dependent questions, prompts, and cues to help students delve into an author's ideas.
  3. Collaborative Conversations: Teachers orchestrate collaborative learning to get students in the habit of exercising their analytical thinking in the presence of their peers.
  4. An Independent Reading Staircase: Teachers artfully steer students to more challenging books, with strategic bursts of instruction and peer conferences to foster metacognitive awareness.
  5. Performance: Teachers offer feedback and assessments that help students demonstrate understanding of text in authentic ways and plan instruction based on student understanding.

There's more . . . Also included are illustrative classroom video clips available via QR codesmaking Rigorous Reading the only resource a teacher, school, or district needs to seriously stretch students' capacity to read and comprehend text.

List of Videos
INTRODUCTION: Your Access Point
CHAPTER 1. Ramping Up for Complex Texts
Reading Complex Texts

A New Definition of Text Complexity

Reading Closely and Carefully

Accessing Complex Texts Through a Gradual Release of Responsibility

The Organization of Learning Expectations in Florida

Organization of Rigorous Reading, Florida Edition


CHAPTER 2. Access Point One: Modeling and Learning Intentions
Accessing Complex Text Requires Modeling

Accessing Complex Text Requires a Clear Learning Intention


CHAPTER 3. Access Point Two: Close and Scaffolded Reading Instruction
Accessing Complex Text Requires Close Reading

Accessing Complex Text Requires Scaffolded Reading Instruction


CHAPTER 4. Access Point Three: Collaborative Conversations
Accessing Complex Texts Requires Collaborative Conversations

Accessing Complex Texts Requires Student-to- Student Interaction


CHAPTER 5. Access Point Four: An Independent Reading Staircase
The Goals of Independent Learning

Accessing Complex Texts Requires Wide, Independent Reading

Increasing At-Home Reading

Accessing Complex Texts Requires Conferring


CHAPTER 6. Access Point Five: Assessing Students’ Understanding
Checking for Understanding

Providing Effective Feedback

Engaging in Feed-Forward Instruction



Worthwhile, intentional, and thorough are watchwords to describe the Florida edition of Fisher and Frey’s Rigorous Reading. This book provides teachers and teacher-leaders with the critical information they need to unfold Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards and improve transdisciplinary literacy acquisition across grade levels. It is mindfully written for those closest to the students—the classroom teachers.”

Enrique A. Puig, EdD
University of Central Florida

“Fisher and Frey have truly outdone themselves with this must-read for all Florida educators—preservice to secondary. Rigorous Reading effortlessly moves from theory to practice while explicitly addressing necessary scaffolds to ensure each and every student can access complex text. The five access points are exactly what educators need to elevate learning and increase cognitive engagement through strong literacy instruction.”

Courtney Lough
Pasco County Schools, FL

“Just as our students require scaffolded instruction, so do we teachers in an ever-changing educational landscape. In this book, Fisher and Frey offer Florida’s teachers the what and the how of providing the nuts and bolts to students with diverse needs and states of readiness.”

Paul Holimon
Collier County Public Schools, Naples, FL

“This is a bold book. . . . It is genius, and its unique contribution is in bringing the balance and the centeredness to new education standards.”

P. David Pearson
University of California, Berkeley

“With Rigorous Reading, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey have provided literacy educators who are committed to successfully raising the bar with solutions that make sense. The book is masterfully developed with an extensive reach across many grade levels in terms of defining what it means to provide intentional instruction and teaching text complexity. The five access points are discussed pragmatically with evidence of a solid research base deftly woven throughout the book. This is the most practical book I have come across in terms of providing teachers with the knowledge base and assistance many are seeking to improve their instruction with regard to complex texts.”

Steven L. Layne, EdD

“In Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts, Fisher and Frey help teachers understand how to bring vigor to rigor. They teach us how to help students understand more from their complex texts—greater understanding that will help to bring life and energy to each student’s reading. Rooted in solid research, this is book is a must-read for those grappling with how to translate the recommendations and mandates around text complexity into instructional practices.”

Jennifer Serravallo

“[W]e need resources that show us how to support students in developing their full literacy potential. In this very practical and insightful book, Fisher and Frey examine how conceptions of text complexity are causing us to shift some of our ideas about reading instruction. Rigorous Reading is an important resource that will help teachers align reading instruction in powerful ways.”

Linda B. Gambrell
Clemson University

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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