Whole Novels for the Whole Class

Author: Ariel Sacks
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118585062
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Work with students at all levels to help them read novels Whole Novels is a practical, field-tested guide to implementing a student-centered literature program that promotes critical thinking and literary understanding through the study of novels with middle school students. Rather than using novels simply to teach basic literacy skills and comprehension strategies, Whole Novels approaches literature as art. The book is fully aligned with the Common Core ELA Standards and offers tips for implementing whole novels in various contexts, including suggestions for teachers interested in trying out small steps in their classrooms first. Includes a powerful method for teaching literature, writing, and critical thinking to middle school students Shows how to use the Whole Novels approach in conjunction with other programs Includes video clips of the author using the techniques in her own classroom This resource will help teachers work with students of varying abilities in reading whole novels.

A Novel Approach

Author: Kate Roberts
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325088655
Format: PDF
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As an English teacher, Kate Roberts has seen the power of whole-class novels to build community in her classroom. But she's also seen too many kids struggle too much to read them--and consequently, check out of reading altogether. Kate's had better success getting kids to actually read - and enjoy it-when they choose their own books within a workshop model. "And yet," she says, "I missed my whole-class novels." In A Novel Approach, Kate takes a deep dive into the troubles and triumphs of both whole-class novels and independent reading and arrives at a persuasive conclusion: we can find a student-centered, balanced approach to teaching reading. Kate offers a practical framework for creating units that join both teaching methods together and helps you: - Identify the skills your students need to learn - Choose whole-class texts that will be most relevant to your kids - Map out the timing of a unit and the strategies you'll teach - Meet individual needs while teaching whole novels - Guide students to choice books and book clubs that build on the skills being taught. Above all, Kate's plan emphasizes teaching reading skills and strategies over the books themselves. "By making sure that our classes are structured in a way that really sees students and strives to meet their needs," she argues, "we can keep reaching for the dream of a class where no student is unmoved, no reader unchanged by the end of the year." Video clips of Kate working with students in diverse classrooms bring the content to life throughout the book.

This Is Not A Test

Author: José Vilson
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608464288
Format: PDF, Kindle
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José Vilson writes about race, class, and education through stories from the classroom and researched essays. His rise from rookie math teacher to prominent teacher leader takes a twist when he takes on education reform through his now-blocked eponymous blog, TheJoseVilson.com. He calls for the reclaiming of the education profession while seeking social justice. José Vilson is a middle school math educator for in the Inwood/Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. He writes for Edutopia, GOOD, and TransformED / Future of Teaching, and his work has appeared in Education Week, CNN.com, Huffington Post, and El Diario / La Prensa.

These 6 Things

Author: Dave Stuart Jr.
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1506391028
Format: PDF, Docs
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Dave Stuart Jr.’s work is centered on a simple belief: all students and teachers can flourish. These 6 Things is all about streamlining your practice so that you’re teaching smarter, not harder, and kids are learning, doing, and flourishing in ELA and content-area classrooms. In this essential resource, teachers will receive: Proven, classroom-tested advice delivered in an approachable, teacher-to-teacher style that builds confidence Practical strategies for streamlining instruction in order to focus on key beliefs and literacy-building activities Solutions and suggestions for the most common teacher and student “hang-ups” Numerous recommendations for deeper reading on key topics

On Being a Teacher

Author: Marge Scherer
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416623442
Format: PDF, Mobi
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If you had to name the defining characteristic of a “good teacher,” what trait would you suggest? Would you start ticking off the skills listed on the evaluation framework used in your district? Or would you think back to your own experiences and consider the most memorable educators you’ve known? In this collection of articles from Educational Leadership, the authors—all educators and educators of educators—discuss what it means to be a good teacher. They include tips and strategies for everything from connecting with students to planning the teaching day, reflections on the profession as a whole, and descriptions of practices that can make the teaching experience more effective and more rewarding. This enhanced e-book includes 11 video clips from educators, including Jeffrey Benson, Baruti K. Kafele, and Robyn R. Jackson, discussing why they became teachers, what it means to be a leader of educators, and more. Please note that only devices and software that support EPUB3 and the MP4 video format can play the video clips. Check the customer support area of the website for the specific device or software to determine its compatibility.

The Power of Story

Author: Joan Wink Ph.D.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 144084397X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Through this book, readers will discover that stories can move the human heart and head in ways that research cannot. • Emphasizes the power of story and highlights the many unique paths to literacies • Shows how stories make complex information about literacies accessible to everyone • Covers approaches to storytelling and literacies for immigrant communities and children who may speak multiple languages • Shines a bright light on the significant role of libraries in providing access to books, knowledge, and human connections • Features photos, images, drawings, and quotes throughout each chapter

Ta tria mikra lykakia

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Publisher:
ISBN: 9789602402399
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An altered retelling of the traditional tale about the conflict between pig and wolf--with a surprise ending.

Who Gets to Write Fiction Rethinking Creative Writing in 21st Century English Language Arts

Author: Ariel Sacks
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 9781119441809
Format: PDF
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Get ready to rethink creative writing in the 21st century At a time when there's a dangerous (and, misinformed) collective idea that fiction is some kind of "fluff" that doesn't prepare kids for college—and that non-fiction is the only thing that’s valuable when it comes to the written word and bettering our society—Sacks offers a powerful message: reading literature is vitally important for young people. Literary works are worth much more than their Lexile numbers, their relative weight in complexity, and even the opportunities they present for rigorous analysis. In Who Gets to Write Fiction?, veteran teacher Ariel Sacks offers ideas, lesson plans, and strategies for successfully incorporating the teaching of fiction in your classroom. After all, as your students lose themselves in great stories, they’ll also explore their identities, relationships, struggles, and dreams through writing—which can lead to more motivated and engaged students. Offers a fresh look at why teaching fiction is so crucial to student development Addresses head-on the dismal truth that too often our students of color are denied the opportunity to write creatively in school Stresses how literature prepares students for their future Covers how reading and writing empowers students to find themselves If you had the chance to introduce a student to something that would not only keep them engaged in schoolwork but impact them to be more self-reflective members of society, wouldn’t you try it? Of course! And this book shows you how!

Teaching Ethnic Minority Cultures in the EFL Classroom A Proposition of a New Focus on Contemporary Coming of Age Novels

Author: Claudia Haller
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3668586489
Format: PDF, ePub
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Examination Thesis from the year 2016 in the subject English - Pedagogy, Didactics, Literature Studies, grade: 2,0, http://www.uni-jena.de/ (Anglistik), language: English, abstract: 21st century teachers are faced with a huge amount of various challenges in their classrooms concerning the teaching of the English language in a contemporary manner. And it is the little adjective "contemporary" that is crucial in this context. This thesis takes a closer look at the importance of post-colonial and minority literature in the EFL classroom as minorities within a culture become more and more omnipresent in a 21st century society. For many decades, teaching the works of William Shakespeare has been one of the core elements within the literary education in the EFL classroom. And, to be more precise, Shakespeare and his oeuvre are part of the so-called literary canon which is a collection of works that have been considered as highly valuable and of particular significance during a certain period of time. It includes primarily the works of dead white European male (DWEM) as well as white Anglo-Saxon protestants (WASP) authors. Noteworthy are the writings of Arthur Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Golding and many others that are still part of the literary canon discussed at (German) schools. It is recognized that the works of the preceding authors are definitely not contemporary writers in the sense of “having published anything since 2005”. However, it is not the aim of this paper to criticize the works of the common literary canon since all of them offer manifold approaches to classic and valuable English literature and represent high cultural artefacts of Anglophone culture(s). Instead, an alternative canon of contemporary coming-of-age-novels is presented, including such works as Sandra Cisnero's "The House on Mango Street" and Junot Diáz' "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao".

Diy Literacy

Author: Kate Roberts
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
ISBN: 9780325078168
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"We have never seen teachers work harder than we do now. These tools inspire kids to work as hard as we are." -Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts What's DIY Literacy? It's making your own visual teaching tools instead of buying them. It's using your teaching smarts to get the most from those tools. And it's helping kids think strategically so they can be DIY learners. "Teaching tools create an impact on students' learning," write Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts. "They help students hold onto our teaching and become changed by the work in the classroom." Of course, you and your students need the right tools for the job, so first Kate and Maggie share four simple, visual tools that you can make. Then they show how to maximize your instructional know-how with suggestions for using the tools to: make your reading and writing strategies stick motivate students to reach for their next learning goal differentiate instruction simply and quickly. Kate and Maggie are like a friendly, handy neighbor. They offer experience-honed advice for using the four tools for assessment, small-group instruction, conferring, setting learning goals, and, most important, helping students learn to apply strategies and make progress without prompting from you. In other words, to do it themselves. "It is our greatest hope," write Kate and Maggie, "that the tools we offer here will help your students to work hard, to hold onto what they know, and to see themselves in the curriculum you teach." Try DIY Literacy and help your readers and writers take learning into their own hands.