A Practical Approach to Reading, Writing, and Using Nonfiction and Other Informational Texts Across the Curriculum
Author: Kathy Pike
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Short but yet informative, this practical book has many ideas and suggestions for the teaching and learning of nonfiction the classroom. KEY TOPICS: Offering a fresh approach, this much-needed book mirrors the features that are traditionally found in nonfiction book-illustrations, diagrams, insets, boxed materials-to help clarify and explain the concepts being presented. Making Non-Fiction and Other Informational Texts Come Alive includes a wealth of nonfiction titles that teachers can readily use effectively in a balanced literacy program.
The focus of this book is the inclusion of informational texts in primary-grade teaching and learning. Each chapter references particular Common Core State Standards that are connected to the chapter and includes techniques to aid students in obtaining mastery of the Standards.
Now more than ever, the roles and responsibilities of today’s literacy professionals are expanding. Many recent developments require a closer look at the changing careers of reading specialists, coaches, and administrators leading to an emphasis on increased collaboration and coaching, integration of standards, and student improvement initiatives. Both scholarly and practical, Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches in the Real World provides the support and guidance both literacy and content area teachers need. The learning goals and outcomes in each chapter are aligned with ILA’s Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017, providing opportunities for group inquiry and new perspectives on professional learning. The authors examine the historical, political, and social forces that shape evidence-based practice and incorporate significant developments in intervention, assessment, and adolescent literacy. Their impact on instruction and the needs of students are studied in conjunction with RtI/MTSS programs, progress monitoring and differentiation, instructional technologies related to twenty-first century literacies, updated information about effective academic language instruction for English learners, and a moral imperative for fostering equity, social justice, and global perspectives. The Fourth Edition also provides Resource Materials to support the text, giving it a great deal of flexibility to explore projects for portfolios and self-assessment. In the real world, as learners among learners, literacy professionals use their experiences and voices for advocacy to help prepare students for success in their lives and careers.
Using a rich array of research-based practices, this book will help teachers improve the academic writing of English learners. It provides specific teaching strategies, activities, and extended lessons to develop E Learner students' narrative, informational, and argumentative writing, emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. It also explores the challenges each of these genres pose for English Learners and suggests ways to scaffold instruction to help students become confident and competent academic writers. Showcasing the work of exemplary school teachers who have devoted time and expertise to creating rich learning environments for the secondary classroom Helping English Learners Write includes artifacts and written work produced by students with varying levels of language proficiency as models of what students can accomplish. Each chapter begins with a brief overview and ends with a short summary of the key points.
Shelley Peterson believes students become better writers through guided instruction and self-assessment. Guided Writing Instruction is a great source of ideas for teaching writing in any classroom. This resource includes: ideas for teaching informational and narrative writing classroom-tested teaching and assessment tools solutions for students who struggle with starting the writing process suggestions for working with diverse groups of students
Explicit Lessons that Identify Criteria, Offer Strategic Support, and Lead Students to Take Ownership of Their Writing
Author: Jan Wells
Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited
This comprehensive handbook shows teachers how to build a foundation for writing with effective lessons that are the key to powerful writing workshops. Writing Anchors demonstrates how to create a supportive classroom, model writing experiences, and create enthusiasm for writing among students. The practical lessons explore the major elements of writing, with explicit strategies for teaching the major forms of writing: Informational writing—detailed descriptions of ways to take and organize notes, use text features, and create reports that have voice; Poetry and personal writing— language choice, imagery, using the senses, and finding the personal pulse of the writer; Narrative—extends writing skills with lessons on story sequence, problem solving, and character development. The lessons form "metacognitive anchors" that build an understanding of the elements of powerful writing. Each lesson comes with an anchor cue card that prompts students to apply their growing understandings independently in writing workshops and in assessing their own writing. In addition, the book provides more than thirty effective tools that are ready to copy and use in the classroom—writing checklists, rubrics for assessment, graphic organizers, note-taking grids, semantic maps, story maps, tips for proofing, and student examples collected from grade 2–7 classrooms.