CORI Books

Engaging Adolescents in Reading

Edited and co-authored by John T. Guthrie

Written by Guthrie and seven of his former students who are themselves teachers, this book aims to arm teachers with solutions to the supreme challenge of motivating adolescent readers in the middle and high school grades. By exploring vital classroom practices that are linked to motivational qualities such as interest, ownership, confidence, collaboration, and the desire to understand texts fully, teachers can engage the passions and commitments of learners.

Students' voices and teachers' stories permeate the text allowing the reader to see how motivation looks to a teacher and how it feels to a student to be engaged in reading.

The recommendations of this book are based on experiments and qualitative studies that are now accessible to teachers.

Featured in this volume are:

  • Motivating student activities
  • Teaching vignettes
  • Discussion of books
  • Needs-assessment questionnaires
  • Evaluation rubrics

Guthrie, J. T. (Ed.). (2008). Engaging adolescents in reading. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Motivating Reading Comprehension: Concept Oriented Reading Instruction

edited by Guthrie, Wigfield, & Perencevich

The accompanying CORI book, Motivating Reading Comprehension: Concept Oriented Reading Instruction, contains eleven chapters with thorough descriptions of the CORI classroom and specific instructional practices. The last three chapters in the book focus on the developmental aspects of reading comprehension, motivation for reading and reading strategies. The book is used repeatedly as a reference or background reading material for the workshop leader. Workshop participants are also expected to read specific sections of the book. These sections are specified in the resources section after the corresponding activities in Part II of the Professional Development Guide. The book provides extended understanding of the topics taught in the workshop facilitating teachers' participation in the workshop.

Key features of this outstanding new volume include:

  • Theoretical Focus – CORI's teaching framework revolves around the engagement perspective of reading: how engaged reading develops and the classroom contexts and motivational supports that promote it.
  • Content-Area Focus – Although science is the content area around which CORI has been developed, its basic framework is applicable to other content areas.
  • Focus on Strategy Instruction – CORI revolves around a specific set of reading strategies that the National Reading Panel (2000) found to be effective. In some current CORI classrooms collaborating teachers implement all aspects of CORI, and in other classrooms teachers implement just the strategy instruction component.
  • Illustrative Vignettes and Cases – Throughout the book, vignettes and mini-case studies convey a situated view of instructional practices for reading comprehension and engagement. A detailed case study of one teacher and of the reading progress of her students is featured in one chapter.

Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction: Engaging Classrooms, Lifelong Learners

by Emily Anderson Swan

This book presents Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI), a research-supported framework for integrating curriculum with instruction and fostering long-term engagement in reading. CORI is a practical model that helps K-6 teachers plan integrated units of instruction based on their own interests and strengths as well as their state’s curricular requirements.

Demonstrated are compelling ways to:

  • Connect reading and writing to science, social studies, or math
  • Create an active, collaborative classroom environment
  • Use real-world observations to promote strategic thinking and learning
  • Get students involved in setting and pursuing their own knowledge goals
  • Develop creative assignments, build student portfolios, and evaluate progress


The book is replete with concrete examples showing the CORI approach in action, including lively descriptions and photographs of a semester-long grade 2-3 weather unit. Also included are useful reproducible planning tools and assessment materials.