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  1. Tools Students Need to Be Skillful Writers - Building Better Sentences

    Tools Students Need to Be Skillful Writers - Building Better Sentences


    Develop fluent writers without the drudgery of diagramming sentences! Here you’ll find a variety of sentence patterns, plus activities and sample sentences to build student mastery.Imagine leaving behind the drudgery of diagramming sentences. Imagine, instead, joyful writers who are capable of revising their work and writing effectively. By taking writing down to its basic building block—a solid sentence—and advancing from there, students will develop confidence, enjoy creating sentences, and ultimately empower each other as writers.

    Lessons for Grades 3-12 include:

    • A variety of sentence patterns presented in a logical sequence
    • An explanation of each pattern’s structure and conventions
    • Reinforcement activities and sample sentences for each pattern
    • Activities to develop the necessary instructional vocabulary

    As students become engaged in the process, they will work toward:

    •  Meeting the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts
    • Understanding and using basic sentence structures
    • Recognizing what makes a sentence effective
    • Learning to put sentences together to write effective paragraphs

    This indispensable handbook serves as a blueprint for instruction and unit development by emphasizing the end goal: preparing students to be effective writers. Along the way, all students, including English language learners, will gain the fluency and automaticity needed for effective daily writing and for success on high-stakes tests.

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  2. Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners - Strategies for Engaging Students and Developing Literacy

    Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners - Strategies for Engaging Students and Developing Literacy


    'Nessel and Dixon show teachers how to effectively support English language development by using the Language Experience Approach.'ùDavid E. Freeman and Yvonne S. Freeman, Professors of Literacy, ESL, and Bilingual EducationThe University of Texas at Brownsville'Provides the tools teachers need to use this natural way of helping English Language Learners. The Language Experience Approach makes language and language arts accessible to the students in need of basic skills.'ùRoberta E. Dorr, Associate Professor of EducationTrinity University, WASupport ELLs while meeting the goals of your literacy curriculum!English Language Learners (ELLs) enter the classroom with different levels of proficiencyùand confidenceùin English. The Language Experience Approach offers Kû12 teachers an instructional framework and classroom strategies for meeting students at their level and helping them use their strengths as speakers and listeners to build reading and writing skills. Research-based and used successfully in practice, this method actively engages students by allowing them to construct their own texts and bring their personal experiences into the learning process. The authors:Offer detailed, step-by-step directions for using the Language Experience Approach in English language instructionInclude examples of the kinds of texts that are generated by ELL students Describe activities teachers can use with those texts to refine and extend learners' literacy skillsAppropriate for teaching students at varying levels of English proficiency, Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners is a valuable reference for teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists.

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  3. Nourishing Vocabulary - Balancing Words and Learning

    Nourishing Vocabulary - Balancing Words and Learning


    Nurture children's intellectual growth with meaningful ideas and rich language experiences! This unique book emphasizes the importance of supporting students' academic development with targeted vocabulary instruction that includes a wide range of language forms and words.

    The authors provide sound theory and practical techniques to help teachers bridge the achievement gap by strengthening vocabulary, deepening literacy skills, and raising performance levels for all children.

    This rich resource includes specific strategies for:

    • Vocabulary acquisition
    • Read alouds and independent reading
    • Decoding unknown words
    • Helping students distinguish between language patterns at home and at school
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  4. Best Practices for Teaching Reading - What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do

    Best Practices for Teaching Reading - What Award-Winning Classroom Teachers Do


    Enrich your reading instruction with 40 classroom-tested best practices from award-winning teachers! This teaching resource is packed with lessons that work and ideas that can expand the teaching repertoire of new and veteran teachers alike. Readers will find strategies for building students skills in phonetics, phonemics, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension. Applicable for all phases of reading instruction, this book includes techniques for teaching students with diverse learning styles and competencies and presents ways to:

    • "Implement guided reading, read alouds, and reading groups
    • "Use reflective questions as an assessment tool
    • "Prepare learners for reading testsPromote family and community literacy
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  5. The Principal as Instructional Leader in Literacy

    The Principal as Instructional Leader in Literacy


    This book is a practical guide for principals and other school leaders to use as they work to improve literacy instruction in order to increase student achievement. It provides school leaders with an understanding of literacy instruction in the context of the commonly used balanced literacy framework; explores the role of the principal in the improvement process, a role characterized by shared leadership; and then guides school leaders through the process of developing effective school teams, creating a literacy plan, supporting classroom instruction, and implementing the literacy plan.

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  6. Teach Them ALL to Read - Catching Kids Before They Fall Through the Cracks (Second Edition)

    Teach Them ALL to Read - Catching Kids Before They Fall Through the Cracks (Second Edition)


    'The second edition of Elaine McEwan's book is a user-friendly guide that integrates research into practice. It carefully explains the research behind reading development and provides truly clear, no-nonsense steps to implement the best practices of instruction. McEwan does not sugar-coat how difficult teaching reading can be, but she provides powerful methods for achieving it' - Jennifer Sandberg, Curriculum/Reading Coordinator, Sutherland Public School, NE

    To successfully teach reading, teachers have to first believe that all children can learn to read—and then they have to turn that belief into a reality. In this thoroughly updated and revised version of her best-selling book, Elaine K. McEwan guides educators through the challenging but crucial work of teaching every child how to read.

    Written for all teachers as well as administrators, this resource covers strategies for nine essential components of effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, fluency, developing a reading culture, providing opportunities to read, writing, word knowledge, and comprehension. This second edition features:

    • The most up-to-date research in reading instruction
    • Effective instructional practices and strategies
    • Brief vignettes and graphic organizers that illustrate and summarize key concepts
    • A comprehensive case study of one district's remarkable success

    This resource reveals precisely how educators in successful schools are teaching students to read—and how all educators can achieve the same results in their schools!

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  7. The Write to Read - Response Journals That Increase Comprehension

    The Write to Read - Response Journals That Increase Comprehension


    In this practical handbook, Lesley J. Roessing presents a unique step-by-step model of response journaling which demonstrates how teachers can plan and implement response journaling using concepts that can be applied to all content areas.The Write to Read: Reading Journals That Increase Comprehension teaches students in Grades 5û12 how to respond to reading material in a variety of ways, encourages students to read self-selected books, and helps them develop skills for deeper and more meaningful responses. The book contains a combination of theory, practice, practical advice, anecdotes, and teacher models, along with samples of student work. Readers will also find an array of tools for adapting the program to learnersÆ needs and interests and for evaluating student progress.

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  8. Building Classroom Reading Communities - Retrospective Miscue Analysis and Socratic Circles

    Building Classroom Reading Communities - Retrospective Miscue Analysis and Socratic Circles


    'Merges research-based Retrospective Miscue Analysis with adapted Socratic Circle discussions, thus empowering all elementary readers to collaboratively identify and verbalize reading strategies, individually experience ownership and control as readers, and effectively build both literacy and language confidence and competence within a united classroom community' - Marjorie R. Hancock, Professor Emerita of Elementary Education

    Kansas State University

    How can teachers ensure that each child becomes a better reader? Building Classroom Reading Communities presents a successful approach for motivating students as individual readers while encouraging peer-to-peer learning. By showing how to use Retrospective Miscue Analysis (RMA) and Socratic Circles together, the authors help teachers create a sense of community in the classroom and promote achievement for every student.

    The authors show how RMA—which develops students' comprehension and fluency by analyzing their mistakes as they read aloud—can be used to provide a window into each student’s progress. The interactive discussion techniques used in Socratic Circles then extend learning in small groups and classwide. Teachers, literacy coaches, and others will find:

    • Assessment strategies and step-by-step guidance to implementing RMA and Socratic Circles
    • Insights on improving student skills in vocabulary, language structure, comprehension, and other key areas
    • Flexible, adaptable techniques for readers of all abilities
    • Numerous vignettes showing the use of RMA with Socratic Circles in the classroom.
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  9. Learning to Write and Loving It! Preschool–Kindergarten

    Learning to Write and Loving It! Preschool–Kindergarten



    2012 Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist

    Nurturing young writers sets the stage for their success

    Learning to Write and Loving It! equips teachers of young children with practical strategies, assessment tools, and motivating writing activities that are based on current research and proven practice and are easily applicable to all kinds of learning environments. Included are many authentic writing samples and photos to illustrate effective, developmentally appropriate instructional methods, mini-lessons, and activities. Sought-after author and speaker Miriam P. Trehearne demonstrates how to scaffold play and literacy learning and how to easily link assessment to instruction.

    Key features:

    • Differentiate using effective instructional approaches for teaching writing and supporting inquiry and play
    • Assess and document student writing seamlessly throughout the day
    • Motivate and engage children in writing fiction (narrative), nonfiction, poetry, and song
    • Enjoy learning with a powerful collection of vignettes from real classrooms
    • Use teacher-friendly guidelines for effectively integrating technology and selecting software for young children

    A companion CD offers modifiable reproducibles, observation checklists, assessments, and projects for parents to do with their young children. Learn how to successfully scaffold writing, and, in the process, foster cross-curricular skills in science, social studies, and math.

    Research shows that writing provides a strong foundation for literacy development. Further, writing helps children express themselves, clarify their thinking, communicate ideas, and integrate new information into their knowledge base. This book helps teachers get children off to a strong academic start by learning to write and loving it!

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  10. The Graphic Novel Classroom - POWerful Teaching and Learning With Images

    The Graphic Novel Classroom - POWerful Teaching and Learning With Images


    A timely and unique collection of implementable lessons from an experienced secondary English langauge arts teacher who specializes in teaching graphic novels. Maureen Bakis shows how middle and high school teachers can integrate graphic novels seamlessly into their curricula, and use them to foster deep thinking, vibrant discussion, and thoughtful writing from their students. Graphic novels are enjoying a great leap in popularity within schools, and gaining acceptance as part of the canon, but teachers don't yet know much about the genre itself and how to help students interpret and work with them. This book is unique in its depth of treatment about how to use graphic novels in the classroom rather than dwelling on the rationale for doing so.

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  11. Strategic Reading Groups - Guiding Readers in the Middle Grades

    Strategic Reading Groups - Guiding Readers in the Middle Grades


    Guided reading: An effective model for the middle grades''''Strategic grouping can transform reading instruction in the middle ''grades from a hit-or-miss learning experience to a targeted, responsive ''one. This book features a practical and field-tested model for small ''group differentiated reading instruction in Grades 4û8. The authors ''offer a clear, detailed discussion of how to position this instruction ''inside middle school language arts or reading classrooms, and simple, ''effective strategies for classroom management, groupings, and ''assessment. The authors explain how to:á ''Balance brief strategic reading lessons with whole-class workStructure and guide reading groups consistentlyAssess students before and during reading groupsCue students and gauge understanding as they read''Differentiating instruction is not the flavor of the month in education;'' rather, it is the essential orientation for maximizing student success.'' Strategic Reading Groups gives teachers the tools they need to ''differentiate reading instruction in the critical middle years, as ''students begin to read more complex, content-filled narrative and ''informative texts.

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  12. Bringing Poetry Alive - A Guide to Classroom Practice

    Bringing Poetry Alive - A Guide to Classroom Practice


    Offering a wealth of ideas and support for ways to really bring poetry alive, this book draws on what is known to work, and explores fresh thinking. It will help both new and experienced teachers approach poetry with imagination and confidence.

    Written by people who have taught poetry in different settings for many years, and with contributions from poets Michael Rosen and James Carter, this book offers ideas on:

    - using drama

    - cross-curricular working

    - what to do with younger learners

    - inspiring children to write their own poems

    - and much more …

    An enjoyable and uplifting book, it is a must for anyone working with children aged 5 to 14 who is looking for inspiration for their poetry teaching.

    Michael Lockwood is Senior Lecturer in English and Education, University of Reading.

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  13. Deeper Writing - Quick Writes and Mentor Texts to Illuminate New Possibilities

    Deeper Writing - Quick Writes and Mentor Texts to Illuminate New Possibilities


    Deeper Writing: Prompting New Writing Possibilities is directly aligned to key English learning core standards and will be a valuable tool for teachers working with young writers. The book provides simple and flexible, yet provocative, writing ideas that can be used with all levels of writers. These prompts are not the typical one-line story starters or formulaic fill-in the blank activities, but are designed to lead to substantive, meaningful writing and foster reflection on a variety of relevant and thought-provoking topics.

    Included with each prompt are carefully chosen mentor texts that model the possible shapes and forms writing might take and stimulate individual reflection and writing. This book will support teachers as they strive to make writing workshop, journaling and all aspects of writing instruction more meaningful, and to provide opportunities for substantive engagement for their students.

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  14. Children's Literature in Primary Schools

    Children's Literature in Primary Schools


    How can youb help children to develop a love of reading and books?

    Trainee and experienced primary school teachers need an advanced knowledge of children's literature for effective teaching.

    If you are training to be a teacher, this is your guide to the range of and scope of children's literature for the primary classroom. Through the exploration of different genres it covers a wide range of literature and helps you to consider what we mean by literature. Case studies that model good practice are included with suggestions for practical activities using literature to enhance teaching across the curriculum. Throughout, book recommendations show how specific texts can be used for teaching in exciting and innovative ways.

    About the Transforming QTS Series

    This series reflects the new creative way schools are begining to teach, taking a fresh approach to supporting trainees as they work towards primary QTS. Titles provide fully up to date resources focused on teaching a more integrated and inclusive curriculum, and texts draw out meaningful and explicit cross curricular links.

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  15. Getting Children Writing - Story Ideas for Children Aged 3 to 11

    Getting Children Writing - Story Ideas for Children Aged 3 to 11


    'This is a fantastic book which provides creative and practical suggestions of how to engage all children in writing'
    - Sarah Martin-Denham, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, University of Sunderland

    This book is a practical guide designed to stimulate story writing in the early years and primary classroom. It offers a collection of novel and effective Ideas which can be used by educators to energise, excite and motivate children to willingly write stories across the 3-11 age phase.

    Each chapter offers creative and innovative Ideas to get children writing stories, including:

    - how to help children 'see the point' of story writing

    - how speaking and listening, reading and phonics can be utilised to enhance written stories

    - how technology can facilitate refreshing story writing

    - how story writing can be physically interactive.

    By combining theory with practice, this book is ideal for those training to teach the 3 to 11 age range, those beginning their teaching career, and those who are established in their professional role.

    Simon Brownhill is Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge.

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  16. Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary Schools

    Lessons in Teaching Grammar in Primary Schools


    Along with the important subject knowledge, practising and trainee teachers need to know what effective teaching of grammar in primary schools actually looks like. This book provides examples of lessons in teaching primary grammar as a starting point for learning. It explores the theory behind them, how they can be adapted to suit different year groups and different schools, and how you can learn from them to develop your subject and  teaching knowledge. This text will help you to teach grammar in an effective and meaningful way and offer support to plan and teach lessons that motivate, engage and inspire pupils to use grammar not only accurately but also creatively to produce writing that is fluid, cohesive and purposeful. 

    This book is part of the Lessons in Teaching series...

    A series that takes exemplar lesson plans as a starting point for developing subject knowledge and exploring the theory behind them. The lessons can be adapted to suit different year groups and schools. 

    • Tried and tested in the classroom
    • Supported by pedagogy and theory
    • In line with the new Primary Curriculum and Teaching Standards

    A note from the authors

    The lesson examples included in this book have all been tried and tested in the classroom and have successfully contributed to children’s knowledge and understanding of grammatical concepts. A key feature of these lesson examples is that they build upon children’s prior knowledge and their interests. They are not intended to be seen as a ‘quick fix’ to meet the requirements of English in the National Curriculum. Knowledge about grammar usage should lead to greater understanding of how we can manipulate words and sentences to create particular effects that will touch the heart of the reader. The intention is not to produce a generation of grammar pedants who apply rules and dissect texts in such a way as to destroy its very essence. By teaching grammar within meaningful contexts your lessons will motivate, engage and inspire your pupils to use grammar not only accurately but also creatively to produce writing that is fluid, cohesive and purposeful.

    We have provided a great deal of background information so that you are able to situate the learning within a contextual framework; however, our ideas and examples can be easily adapted to suit the needs of your learners. The pedagogies associated with the teaching of grammar remain consistent but the suggested games and activities used to consolidate and apply learning are easily transferable. Whilst reading, you may have identified ways in which you can adapt the lessons to teach other aspects of grammar or changed the focus of the learning objective to reflect the demands of your classroom best. In the same way that we expect children to use grammar creatively to address their purpose, we would anticipate that you use the guidance contained in this book to address your purpose.

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  17. Preventing Misguided Reading - New Strategies for Guided Reading Teachers

    Preventing Misguided Reading - New Strategies for Guided Reading Teachers


    'A fresh and mindful look at guided reading that is sure to help many teachers more fully understand guided reading by rethinking, reconsidering, and renewing their efforts to use it to help all children become proficient readers.'ùFrom the Foreword by Michael Ford and Michael Opitz'This is a very empowering book, helping open teachers' eyes to the research-supported fact that they are indeed the most important factor in student learning. I LOVE that it focuses on the teacher as a professional!'ùAmy Broemmel, Associate ProfessorUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville'There is a lot of confusion about how much should be included in a guided reading lesson and where it fits in with other elements of literacy instruction. Many teachers are working hard to refine their practice and will appreciate this easy-to-access resource.'ùLois A. Lanning, Assistant Superintendent of SchoolsPomperaug Regional School District, CTAuthor, Four Powerful Strategies for Struggling Readers, Grades 3-8 Confused about guided reading? ThereÆs help on the way!Feeling exhausted after guided reading? Are you working tirelessly while your students aren't even breaking a sweat? Do you ever wonder if other teachers feel the same way you do about guided readingùthat it's just not working the way you think it should? With 50 years of collective experience, authors Jan Miller Burkins and Melody Croft can help you prevent guided reading from going astray in your classroom by providing clarifications, adaptations, and supports that have helped them work through their own tricky spots. The book is divided into six chapters, each one clarifying a misunderstanding about guided reading instruction in the following areas:The teacher's role and the gradual release of responsibilityáInstructional reading levelsáText gradientsáBalanced instructionIntegrated processingAssessment With 27 strategies covered in this resource, you're sure to find the help and clarification you need as you guide groups of readers.

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  18. Language Development - Understanding Language Diversity in the Classroom

    Language Development - Understanding Language Diversity in the Classroom


    Language Development: Understanding Language Diversity in the Classroom prepares nursery, primary and secondary teachers to appreciate and understand how language development can affect learning and learn strategies for working with students with language differences and disorders. Classroom examples and case studies have been integrated throughout the book to illustrate some of the most common speech and language behaviours found in classrooms. This book will help teachers gain a deeper understanding of cultural language differences and how they may affect second language learners.

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  19. Understanding Reading Comprehension - Processes and Practices

    Understanding Reading Comprehension - Processes and Practices


    Reading comprehension is a vital aspect of learning to read that all primary school teachers need to understand.

    Drawing from educational and psychological research, this book supports the development of student teachers’ subject knowledge by providing a detailed analysis of the reading comprehension process.  This is combined with practical strategies and techniques for use in the classroom. Coverage includes:

    • School-based activities in every chapter
    • An in-depth focus on the inference making process
    • The role of vocabulary and syntax in comprehension
    • Cognitive and meta-cognitive processes including the use of memory
    • Advice on developing effective classroom talk with different groups of children
    • Using different text genres

    This is essential reading for primary English modules on initial teacher education courses, including university-based (PGCE, PGDE, BA QTS, BEd), school-based (SCITT, School Direct, Teach First) and employment-based routes into teaching, and also for current teachers wishing to further develop their knowledge.

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  20. Teaching Synthetic Phonics (Second Edition)

    Teaching Synthetic Phonics (Second Edition)


    The synthetic phonics approach is used in all primary schools in England.  If you are a trainee or beginning primary school teacher, you need to demonstrate a confidence in the teaching of phonics to meet the Teachers' Standards and gain QTS.  This is a practical, up-to-date guide to teaching children to read using synthetic phonics.  It helps you to understand the theory behind phonics and how children's learning of reading can develop.  It gives you practical teaching strategies and outlines how you can assess and diagnose reading problems.

    This second edition has been updated to include new chapters on the new Phonics Check in year 1 and overviews of popular phonics schemes used in England and Scotland.

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  21. The Ultimate Guided Reading How-To Book - Building Literacy Through Small-Group Instruction (Second Edition)

    The Ultimate Guided Reading How-To Book - Building Literacy Through Small-Group Instruction (Second Edition)


    Guided reading is, in a nutshell, a type of small-group reading instruction practice whereby children learn specific reading strategies. There are four cornerstones to guided reading: group formation (which children are grouped together), text selection (what kinds of books the children read), teaching sequence (how the lesson should go, from beginning to end), and teacher talk (how teachers use their voice to aid instruction). This book shows teachers how to really KNOW their students as readers, and to be able to group them, select texts, and design interactions between them in order to provide awareness, instruction, practices, and applications that are meaningful. Effective reading teachers make every moment count -- they know what to look for, how to guide and move the instruction, and what to say to convey encouragement and student independence. Ideal for teachers of pre-readers and emergent readers, this book outlines in easy-to-understand language the basic concepts of the guided reading process with an emphasis on vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. New to this edition is information on handling a book and looking at it as a concrete object, note-taking and study skills, updated strategies, and new figures and tables.

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