Reading Writing (and Talking and Drawing) Across Texts in K-2
Author: Shari Frost
Today's early literacy programs are more demanding than ever. No longer is it sufficient to teach letters, letter sounds, sight words, and simple texts in kindergarten through second grade. Children are expected to read and comprehend texts in a variety of genres with increasing complexity. Then they must integrate the ideas and concepts from those texts into their own writing. Two Books are Better Than One: Reading and Writing (and Talking and Drawing) Across Texts in K-2 helps teachers meet those demands. Each chapter contains an anchor lesson focused on a different way of connecting texts, including: by theme, characters, perspective, structure, or genre. The lessons feature research-based and common core aligned strategies: interactive read-alouds; shared reading and writing; scaffolded small group reading; accountable talk; close reading; and opinion, narrative, and explanatory writing. Each anchor lesson features two high-quality children's books, and each chapter is rounded out with a list of other recommended book pairs to support you in creating your own lessons.
What do Casanova, Pope Pius XI, Benjamin Franklin and first lady Laura Bush have in common? At one time, all were members of the librarian profession. While librarians are often stereotyped as quiet, shy ladies who wear their gray hair in a dignified bun, that doesn’t reflect the variety and diversity of today’s library professionals. As of 2004, 159,000 people in the United States held the job of librarian. Although only 18 percent of that number was male, the median age for librarians was a young 47—far from the gray-haired, bun-wearing ladies of our imaginations! From pick-up lines to bumper stickers, this volume takes a light-hearted look at the many facets of the librarian occupation. Beginning with statistics, it enumerates gender divisions, personality types, salaries and educational requirements for various types of librarians including public, academic, school and special librarians. Other topics include specific occupational health risks, job-related recreation and novelty gifts for library professionals. Instances of librarians found in prose, poetry, film and musicals are also discussed.
Teaching English language arts at grades K-5 is both a science and an art. Educators must teach literacy skills and content with best practices, while also keeping focus on each student's individual needs. They are challenged to monitor students working independently while also conducting small group instruction. And they must focus on providing differentiated support with a rather complicated text. With increased attention to rigor, requirements, and personalized instruction, it can be a challenge to make sure all students are receiving instruction that is just right. Comprehensive Literacy Basics: An Anthology by Capstone Professional contains useful tips to support educators. Chapters focus on each part of the literacy and language arts block, including whole group, small group, writing, and differentiation. A collection of expert authors specializing in literacy and language arts instruction contributed chapters to the book. The quick tips and suggestions within will reinforce current practices while providing an invaluable go-to reference.
When alien clones of Barton and Nancy Jamison land in their quiet town of Pine Bluff, the real Barton and Nancy think its just fantastic because the clones do most of their chores, yet when the clones take over the good parts of their lives, the real Barton and Nancy find it difficult to make them stop. Original.
Written from the heart of a true Southern gentleman who walks the talk of his faith and beliefs, Two Heads Are Better than One narrates the God-filled life of author Chris Ladd. Inspired by his deep faith and love of Jesus Christ, he has spent his life in service to others. In this memoir, he tells his stories against the backdrop of Jesus Christ—how he brought Christ into his life and how he kept Him number one. Ladd tells of the problems he faced in growing up in Tennessee and Oklahoma but credits the work of his Christian grandmother in teaching him to do the right thing. He discusses how he discovered the meaning of true faith and how to reach for success in life with Christ. In Two Heads Are Better than One, Ladd asserts that God has a plan for all of us and that no matter what happens, He will see us through if we keep believing. Through the stories told in this recollection, Ladd shows you how to be ready for the return of Jesus Christ and how to live a life of happiness, peace, and success according to God’s plan.
Children discover that doing things together can be a lot more fun. "Two people are better than one. They get more done by working together.” Ecclesiastes 4:9. Suggested for ages 6 and under. For more kids products and free downloads, visit our website at www.icharacter.org