Nonfiction Strategies That Work

Author: Lori G. Wilfong
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317936892
Format: PDF
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Teachers are being bombarded with ideas for teaching nonfiction, but what really works? In this essential book, dynamic author Lori G. Wilfong describes ten best practices for teaching nonfiction and how to implement them in the classroom. She also points out practices that should be avoided, helping you figure out which strategies to ditch and which to embrace. Topics covered include... Finding quality, differentiated texts to teach content Selecting support strategies with purpose Providing students with a range of scaffolds for effective summary writing Purposely selecting vocabulary words to support content learning Working with students to develop strategies to cite textual evidence Using text structure as both a reading and writing tool for analyzing nonfiction And much more! Every chapter begins with an engaging scenario and ends with action steps to help you get started. The book also contains tons of handy templates that you can reproduce and use in your own classroom.

Close Reading in Elementary School

Author: Diana Sisson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317753860
Format: PDF, Docs
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The Common Core State Standards encourage teachers to use close reading as a means to help students access complex text. Many literacy experts believe close reading has the power to create strong, independent readers. But what does that really mean, and how does it work in the classroom?This book is your must-have guide to getting started! It provides step-by-step strategies and scaffolds for teaching close reading and improving students’ comprehension of complex texts. You will learn how to teach close reading based on text type, how to transition students through increasingly challenging texts, and how to use close reading as a springboard for close writes and close talks. Special Features: • An easy-to-use framework for creating a close reading lesson • Close reading strategies for a variety of literary and informational subgenres • Ideas for teaching close reading to meet specific comprehension objectives based on the Common Core, including analyzing text structure and evaluating argument • Suggestions for helping students read with increased levels of rigor • A clear explanation of what text complexity really means and how it varies by student • Scaffolds to help students at all ability levels do a close reading • Guidelines and procedures for close talks—purposeful, focused discussions about text • Procedures for close writes that vary based on genre and student ability level In addition, each chapter includes study guide questions to help you apply the ideas in the book to your own classroom. With this practical book, you will have all the tools you need to make close reading a reality!

DIY Project Based Learning for ELA and History

Author: Heather Wolpert-Gawron
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317486382
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Are you interested in using Project Based Learning to revamp your lessons, but aren’t sure how to get started? In DIY Project Based Learning in ELA and History, award-winning teacher and Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron makes it fun and easy! Project Based Learning encourages students and teachers alike to abandon their dusty textbooks, and instead embrace a form of curriculum design focused on student engagement, innovation, and creative problem-solving. A leading name in this field, Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares some of her most popular units for ELA and Social Studies in this exciting new collection. This book is an essential resource for teachers looking to: Create their own Project Based Learning units. Engage student in their education by grounding lessons in real-world problems and encouraging them to develop creative solutions. Incorporate role-playing into everyday learning. Develop real-world lessons to get students to understand the life-long relevance of what they are learning. Assess multiple skills and subject areas in an integrated way. Collaborate with teachers across subject areas. Test authentic skills and set authentic goals for their students to grow as individuals. Part I of the book features six full units, complete with student samples, targeted rubrics, a checklist to keep students on track, and even "Homework Hints." Part II is a mix-and-match section of tools you can use to create your own PBL-aligned lessons. The tools are available as eResources on our website, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138891623, so you can print and use them in your classroom immediately.

Teaching ELLs to Read

Author: Paul Boyd-Batstone
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317702018
Format: PDF
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In this essential book from ELL-expert Paul Boyd-Batstone, you’ll find out how to teach reading while keeping in mind the unique needs of English language learners. You’ll learn best practices and differentiated strategies for each domain of the Common Core Foundational Reading Skills, including print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, and fluency. Topics covered include: Ideas for using contextual support to help ELLs climb the staircase of complexity; How to teach print concepts, such as noting word separation and using punctuation; Strategies for teaching phonological awareness, including distinguishing vowel sounds and blending sounds; Ways to teach phonics and word recognition using informational and literary texts; and Exemplary ideas for teaching fluency, such as through poetry, drama, and digital media. The book is filled with ready-to-use activities and complete lesson plans that address selected CCSS performance tasks at each grade level. These lesson plans demonstrate how to differentiate instruction based on your ELLs’ reading level. The book also includes performance-level descriptors, rubrics, and templates, available for free download from our website at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138017696.

Reading Writing and Gender

Author: Gail Lynn Goldberg
Publisher: Eye On Education
ISBN: 9781930556232
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Like an increasing number of educators, you recognize that girls and boys approach reading and writing differently, and that boys are lagging behind girls in many assessments of literacy learning. This book does more than describe and explain these differences. It builds on the authors' state of the art research to offer instructional strategies and classroom activities to help both girls and boys develop as readers and writers. This book is for classroom teachers in grades 3 - 8 as well as for reading specialists, instructional leaders and other educators. It provides - detailed descriptions of instructional activities, accompanied by reproducible tools and materials - illustrative examples of student work - concise summaries of state-of-the-art research - ideas for action research projects. The strategies and activities in this book have all been classroom tested with diverse student populations.

American Indian Nonfiction

Author: Bernd Peyer
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 9780806137988
Format: PDF, Docs
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A survey of two centuries of Indian political writings

Assessing and Teaching Reading Comprehension and Pre writing 3 5

Author: K. Michael Hibbard
Publisher: Eye On Education
ISBN: 1930556543
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The performance tasks in this book are linked directly to instructional strategies and include holistic rubrics, analytic rubrics, and assessment lists. They can be photocopied and distributed to your students. Included in this series are 98 performance tasks, 196 assessment lists, 18 holistic rubrics, 30 analytic rubrics, 88 graphic organizers -- all of which support the development of reading comprehension as defined by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) and is in line with the objectives of the No Child Left Behind legislation. Over 100 childrens books are referenced including those leveled by the Fountas and Pinnell System.

Eyeopeners

Author: Beverly Kobrin
Publisher: Viking Adult
ISBN: 9780670820733
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Provides an annotated list of nonfiction books, from preschool through young adult, and tips for book activities and reading programs for creative learning.

Strategies for Powerful Comprehension Instruction It Takes More Than Mentioning

Author: Holly Diehl
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
ISBN: 1425892264
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Understanding text is key to students' learning success! This notebook, developed for grades K-8, provides explicit instructions for teaching six fundamental comprehension strategies; predicting, making connections, visualizing, questioning, inferring, and summarizing. Great for novice, experienced, and content-area teachers, this resource includes templates and tools as well as instructions on how to incorporate these strategies into a core curriculum. 296pp. plus Teacher Resource CD.