The University of Iowa

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Strong Girls Read Strong Books

By Renita Schmidt, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor (retired), University of Iowa College of Education
Amanda Haertling Thein, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, University of Iowa College of Education

The authors explain how they go about selecting texts for their afterschool reading club that helps girls grow into strong women through reading books featuring strong female protagonists. They also highlight key practices they have found useful in reading and responding to those texts.

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PEER

PEER questions are meant to encourage deeper responses about a text during dialogic reading, leading to a conversation beyond one-word answers.

PDF iconSet of PEER bookmarks

Making Inferences

Using two prompts, users will be able to use this organizer to practice inferencing skills, which are critical for reading comprehension.

PDF icon"Making Inferences" graphic organizer

Parent Support Checklist

This checklist outlines the steps family members can take when they have concerns regarding their child’s reading performance.

PDF iconParent Support Checklist