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Action Strategies for Deepening Comprehension
By: Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Ph.D
I read this book last semester for my Teaching Secondary Reading class and found it very helpful. It does a good job of detailing ideas and then giving examples on how to use them effectively in the classroom.
Corinne Bost