Family Reading Night by Darcy J. Hutchins; Joyce L. Epstein; Marsha D. GreenfeldHost family reading nights at your school! These events promote literacy outside of the classroom and encourage families to get involved in their children's achievement. They also build relationships among educators, families, and community partners. This practical book is full of step-by-step guidelines and reproducible activities to help you bring family reading nights to life in your own school or district. Special Features: The book is organized by month of the school year, so you can quickly find activities that meet your needs Each activity is easy to implement and includes a page of instructions for teacher-leaders and an activity page for families An appendix provides all of the forms you need to get your Family Reading Night started, including invitations and registration sheets All of the family activities can be photocopied or downloaded for free from our website, www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138021471, so that you can print and distribute them during your event This enhanced second edition includes connections to the Common Core State Standards for reading. It also features a special new appendix with all of the family activities translated into Spanish, to help more families get involved!
Literacy 101 by David W. BoothIn this expansive survey, David Booth, one of our foremost authorities on teaching literacy, answers real questions from real teachers. Discover practical advice on almost any topic: from phonics to literature circles; from using traditional texts to embracing comics, songs, and internet sources; from using testing as a tool to creating a diverse classroom community; and much more. But Literacy 101is also the compelling story of one teacher's journey through literacy. David writes frankly about what worked for him and what didn't, and how what looks good on paper may need to be adapted for a real classroom.
3rd ed. Washington, D.C. National Institute for Literacy, 2009.
Reading Power by Adrienne GearTen years ago, Reading Power was launched in an elementary school in Vancouver. Since then, it has evolved into a recognized approach to comprehension instruction and has been implemented across Canada, the US, the UK, Sweden, and China. This ground-breaking approach showed teachers how to make thinking more visible to their students through explicit instruction of five comprehension strategies: connect, visualize, question, infer, and transform. Adrienne Gear has continued to reflect and refine her understanding of metacognition, comprehension instruction, and the reading power strategies. In this revised and expanded second edition of her popular book, Adrienne shares this new understanding and offers teachers * new thinking around metacognition and each of the Reading Power strategies * debunking of some "myths" that have grown around Reading Power * new and revised lessons and reproducible templates * an updated assessment rubric in student-friendly language * extended chapters on applying Reading Power to literature circles and home reading * new student samples to show teachers what to look for in student response * updated and expanded book lists for modeling demonstrations, encouraging practice, and nurturing independent reading Reading Power is an ideal resource both for teachers familiar with this strategic approach to teaching reading and for those looking for new ways to connect thinking with reading.
Also recommended is Adrienne Gear's readingpowergear blog, especially the Lesson Plans--Reading section. This passionate Vancouver-area elementary teacher will inspire you with her generously-shared lesson ideas.
The Art and Science of Teaching Primary Reading by Christopher SuchThe essential guide to the science behind reading and its practical implications for classroom teaching in primary schools. Teaching children to read is one of the most important tasks in primary education and classroom practice needs to be underpinned by a secure foundation of knowledge. Teachers need to know what reading entails, how children learn to read and how it can be taught effectively.This book is an essential guide for primary teachers that explores the key technical and practical aspects of how children read with strong links to theory and how to translate this into the classroom. Bite-size chapters offer accessible research-informed ideas across all major key topics including phonics, comprehension, teaching children with reading difficulties and strategies for the classroom.Key features include:· Discussions of implications for the classroom· Questions for further professional discussions· Retrieval quizzes· Further reading suggestions· Glossary of key termsChristopher Such is a primary school teacher and the author of the education blog Primary Colour. He can be found on Twitter via @Suchmo83.
Text Sets in Action: Pathways Through Content Area Literacy by Mary Ann Cappiello; Erika Thulin DawesToday's teachers have a strong desire to find creative ways to engage students in a student-centered curriculum that prioritizes their authentic questions. But with trends, standards, and district mandates so abundant, true passion for discovery and deep appreciation for knowledge can sometimes seem elusive. Fortunately, a 'text set' approach offers the possibility of igniting curiosity in young learners, opening pathways to explore a given topic through reading multiple texts, and achieving lasting understanding along the way. In Text Sets in Action: Pathways through Content Area Literacy, Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Thulin Dawes reveal how text sets can prompt serious thinking far more effectively than a textbook or any single text. As the authors explain, exploring many texts leads teachers and learners to 'think more deeply, empathize more fully, and take action more deliberately.' Teachers who adopt this approach find that the texts' various lenses enable students not only to meet curriculum standards but also to experience lasting engagement and a spirit of inquiry across the disciplines. This book will: Move beyond what is merely required and inspire integrated, customized curriculum Demonstrate how teachers can build on students' interests and questions Provide resources and suggestions for designing text sets--books, news articles, websites, YouTube videos, primary source documents, and works of art Offer logical and creative ways to sequence texts Demonstrate how text sets can scaffold, differentiate, and extend students' learning Present specific invitations for designing, curating, and juxtaposing multi-genre, multi-model texts, accessible for at-home learning as well as in classrooms Share a panoply of student work in response to learning with text sets. When texts are intentionally sequenced and juxtaposed with one another, readers discover different ways to see and explain the world around them. Immersion into text sets fosters critical thinking and appreciation for different points of view, which is crucial in nurturing a respect for diversity and preserving democracy.