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Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do by Daniel T. Willingham

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Chapter 9Working with More Complex Texts

The truism has it that children “first learn to read, and then read to learn.” Your third grader can decode, so presumably it’s time to “read to learn.” That catchphrase is a bit deceptive however, as it simplifies what is actually a quite serious increase in the expectations for comprehension.

What’s Happening at School

“Read to learn” makes comprehension sound so straightforward, but by this point, you know that comprehension rests on three factors:

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