Little Readers, Big Thinkers: Teaching Close Reading in the Primary Grades Young learners are full of questions and wonderings, so much so that sometimes they need a guide for their curiosity. With Amy Stewart's manageable approach to close reading, you'll be able to harness the big thinking we know is inside their inquisitive minds. Stewart, a Chicago-based literacy coach and teacher, showcases ways that close reading can teach even the youngest students new ways to enjoy texts, think about them critically, and share that thinking with peers and adults. With its description of the pillars of close reading, multiple lesson sequences for grades K-2, and real-life classroom scenarios, Little Readers, Big Thinkers offers a trove of insights: What close reading is (and is not) How to encourage students to "read like detectives" Ways to weave close reading practices into your lessons How to cultivate real reading, organic thinking, and deep conversation Which books invite amazing learning and thinking experiences With Stewart as your guide, close reading will become your students' stepping stone to a lifelong love of reading.
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How to Foster Creativity in All Children is designed for those dedicated to helping young children reach their full potential. This book has also been written for people who want to know more about creativity, creative children, creative teaching and creative activities in all areas of the curriculum. In our world of rapidly changing technology, it is even more crucial to encourage and cherish creativity in all children. Young children will need to know how to ask questions and search for answers. Creativity is not limited to the art medium; it also extends to every curriculum area. This book was written to help present creative learning opportunities for children throughout the curriculum.
Eighty percent of children learn to figure out the complex reading puzzle for themselves, regardless of the teacher's methodology, just as they learned to talk. However, it takes them longer to become proficient readers without a writing workshop. And what about the remaining 20%? They are dependent on the teacher's methodology. These children need individual, developmentally appropriate guidance by a knowledgeable emergent literacy teacher during their process of writing to prevent them from struggling with reading the rest of their lives. Writing workshop conferences provide the teacher and student a time for this individual guidance. In her book, Helping Children Become Readers Through Writing, and her supplementing video by the same name (available on You Tube), Arlene C. Schulze, master reading teacher and specialist explains and shows kindergarten teachers and administrators how and why young children, especially those making their first foray into formal education, become writers and readers through a workshop approach based on the research of Donald Graves and Marie Clay. Keeping in mind the limitations of a kindergarten teacher's time, the author has provided evidence-based research and the best classroom practices you need to implement writing workshop in your classroom. Chapters are rich with student writing samples and offer the following resources: * A daily kindergarten schedule to help you plan a comprehensive literacy program that includes writing and reading workshops and read-alouds * A description of the stages of kindergartner's written language and spelling development to help you plan appropriate instruction that improves the quality of students' writing * Outlines and lesson plans to help you and your students get ready for writing workshop and to familiarize you with writing workshop components * Writing workshop minilessons to help you construct your own based on students' needs * Tools to help you assess, evaluate, and report on students' progress Plus, the appendixes offer a wealth of information to supplement your instruction such as phonemic awareness activities, high frequency words and word family teaching suggestions, recommended booklists, reproducible forms for letters to parents and assessment checklists and rubrics. Although this book focuses primarily on kindergarten students, it is also appropriate for preschoolers, first and second graders, and often for struggling readers. Use this book to help your emergent writers and readers to become early writers and readers.