Do you always use the right word? Can you pronounce it—and spell it—correctly? Do you know how to avoid illiterate expressions? Do you speak grammatically, without embarrassing mistakes? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you need Word Power Made Easy. Written in a lively, accessible, and timeless style, and loaded with helpful reviews, progress checks, and quizzes to reinforce the material, this classic resource has helped millions learn to speak and write with confidence.
Recommended by “Dear Abby”, The New York Times and The Washington Post, for three decades, millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease's beloved classic to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. Now this new edition of The Read-Aloud Handbook imparts the benefits, rewards, and importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. Supported by delightful anecdotes as well as the latest research, The Read-Aloud Handbook offers proven techniques and strategies—and the reasoning behind them—for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers.
Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text.
Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works.
Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.
This tenth-anniversary, second edition features eight new chapters and a revised and updated original text.
New to This Edition
*Reflects over a decade of advances in research-based vocabulary instruction.
*Chapters on vocabulary and writing; assessment; and differentiating instruction for struggling readers and English language learners, including coverage of response to intervention (RTI).
*Expanded discussions of content-area vocabulary and multiple-meaning words.
*Many additional examples showing what robust instruction looks like in action.
*Appendix with a useful menu of instructional activities.
See also the authors' Creating Robust Vocabulary: Frequently Asked Questions and Extended Examples, which includes specific instructional sequences for different grade ranges, as well as Making Sense of Phonics, Second Edition: The Hows and Whys, by Isabel L. Beck and Mark E. Beck, an invaluable resource for K-3.
Expert tips and strategies to help you craft your life story and get it published!
Memoir writing is a growing phenomenon — and it's not just for celebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, and Memoir Writing For Dummies provides you with the tools you need to share your life story with the world. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions — along with helpful tips and advice on how to get published — Memoir Writing For Dummies shows you how to put pen to paper and hone the craft of writing a truly compelling memoir. You'll get advice on how to explore your memories, map out your story, perfect your plot, and so much more. Packed with proven tips and writing tricks of the trade, Memoir Writing For Dummies gives you everything you need to ensure your life story is never forgotten.Remember the past — put on your research cap and uncover your memories Get over writer's block — find out how to deal with distractions and focus on the task Write your first draft — develop your structure, setting, characters, and dialogue Edit your work — explore ways to push your story to the next level and make revisions like the pros Get published — understand the publishing process and decide which route is right for you Market your memoir — develop strategies to get the word out about your memoir
Open the book and find:Ways to unlock your memories Writing exercises in each chapter to improve your manuscript How to use metaphor and figurative language Strategies for fine-tuning your story Tips for editing your work How to find a literary agent Understanding the difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing Ways to promote your finished product
7 Keys to Comprehension is the result of cutting-edge research. It gives parents and teachers—those who aren't already using this valuable program—practical, thoughtful advice about the seven simple thinking strategies that proficient readers use:
• Connecting reading to their background knowledge
• Creating sensory images
• Asking questions
• Drawing inferences
• Determining what's important
• Synthesizing ideas
• Solving problems
Easily understood, easily applied, and proven successful, this essential educational tool helps parents and teachers to turn reading into a fun and rewarding adventure.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The book starts with a pretest that helps you identify the areas you need to work on. The pretest is followed by eleven chapters, broken down to a number of subchapters that each deal with a specific grammar point. The related explanations are accompanied by real-life sample sentences, timeline diagrams, tables, and quotes. If a similar point or the same point is discussed in a different part of the book, you will find cross-references to that point. Where appropriate, chapters begin with guiding questions and end with revision questions. Most of the chapters are followed by exercises, including multiple choice, sentence transformation, error correction, gap filling and matching exercises, as well as communicative tasks that can be done in language lessons. At the end of the book, there is an appendix which contains a list of the most common irregular verb forms and the most important spelling rules; a list of the quotes that appear in the book; and a glossary that defines grammatical terms frequently used in the explanations.
The chapters in this book are not arranged in order of difficulty. This way, the book can be used for quick reference on specific points of interest, as well as for systematic study, either as a self-study grammar book or as additional material in an ESL/EFL course. No matter which way you use the book, it is recommended that you follow the cross-references, which will lead you to further information on a given item. The exercises, which come with suggested answers, are best done using pen and paper. These exercises will not only help you to practise grammar but also to tie grammatical forms to real-world meaning.
New to This Edition
*Chapter on assessing vocabulary.
*Additional instruments, including the Informal Decoding Inventory and the Motivation to Read Profile--Revised.
*Links to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been added throughout.
*The latest research and more instructional strategies in every area.
See also Reading Assessment in an RTI Framework, which offers systematic guidance for conducting assessments in all three tiers of RTI.
This new series will allow teachers to present the same content to below-level, on-level, and advanced students with these leveled nonfiction stories. It includes multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true/false questions; short-answer writing practice; and comprehension questions. Students stay interested, build confidence, and discover that reading can be fun! The reading passages will be separated into sections with titles such as Extreme Places, Amazing People, Wild Animals, Strange and Unexplained, Fascinating Machines, and Amazing Kids.
New to This Edition:
*Connects best practices with the requirements of the CCSS.
*Incorporates the latest research findings and instructional practices.
*Chapters on comprehending informational text, dual language learners, and new literacies.
*Expanded topics include motivation, close reading, and text complexity.
The Common Core Connections series provides teachers with the skill assessments to help determine individualized instruction needs. Focused, comprehensive practice pages and self-assessments guide students to reflection and exploration for deeper learning! Grade specific coherent content progresses in difficulty to achieve optimum fluency. It is also an ideal resource for differentiation and remediation. Each 96-page book includes an assessment test, test analysis, Common Core State Standards Alignment Matrix, and answer key.
New examples to show the kinds of critical, creative, and innovative thinking that are needed for success in the digital-age classroom.
A fifth stance added to the Envisionment-building framework toward higher-level understanding, integration, and the building of new concepts.
Filled with examples from across the grades and the voices of students and teachers, this book continues to be a practical and influential resource for the English Language Arts classroom.
Judith A. Langer is an internationally known scholar in literacy learning and Distinguished Professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is the author of Getting to Excellent: How to Create Better Schools.
“[Judith Langer] pioneered the changes in the way we define the English/Language Arts curriculum.”
—English Journal (reviewing the first edition)
“Rich with narratives, Envisioning Literature provides both strong theory about teaching literature and real examples that provide a context for change….Important reading for teachers, staff development trainers, policy analysts, and reading program administrators.”
—Reading Today (reviewing the first edition)
Developed by acclaimed speech consultant and accent specialist Susan Cameron, Perfecting Your English Pronunciation features her successful method, which focuses on the anatomical placement of sound and on the musculature used in articulation. Where other accent reduction/English pronunciation products rely on solely mimicking of audio sounds, this work focuses visually, audibly, and narratively on the physical ability to speak English, noting that many sounds of English may be difficult for you because some tongue positions used in English may not be used in your native language.
The 45-minute DVD introduces you to mouth and jaw exercises to prepare you for English, then demonstrates mouth formations and tongue placement using other nonnative speakers like you. You will see and hear how English sounds--enabling you to become more and more comfortable conversing with native English speakers as you go through the program.
In "Fairy Tales Readers Theatre," stories become scripts, with students playing the parts of Rapunzel, Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, the Three Billy Goats Gruff, and more. This format encourages students to take an active role in their own language arts development while enhancing overall fluency. For teachers and librarians, Fredericks offers a wealth of suggestions and strategies for engaging students in the dynamics of literacy acquisition through the allure of readers theatre."
Collins COBUILD English Usage has been thoroughly revised and updated to make it easier to use, and to include hundreds of new, updated examples, taken directly from the Bank of English corpus. The new edition offers mproved coverage of American English, numerous warning notes highlighting particular problems and graded lists of words to help learners build their active vocabulary.
Presented in a clear, user-friendly style, and with logically organized Usage, Grammar and Topics sections, the Collins COBUILD English Usage gives you three books in one and is the indispensable reference tool for learning English today.
The first 18 scripts are written for 1st-3rd grade reading levels and feature giants of kids literature like Margaret Wise Brown, James Marshall, Bill Martin Jr., Bill Peet, and Beatrix Potter. The second 18 scripts are written for 2nd-4th grade reading levels to allow for growth throughout the school year. This group of plays introduces students to Stan Berenstain, Arnold Lobel, Shel Silverstein, and Tasha Tudor, among others. Carefully designed to meet the needs of students of various reading levels, the scripts are also ideal for use with remedial readers. Grades 2-5
In her study, Royster acknowledges the persistence of disempowering forces in the lives of African American women and their equal perseverance against these forces. Amid these conditions, Royster views the acquisition of literacy as a dynamic moment for African American women, not only in terms of their use of written language to satisfy their general needs for agency and authority, but also to fulfill socio-political purposes as well.
Traces of a Stream is a showcase for nineteenth-century African American women, and particularly elite women, as a group of writers who are currently underrepresented in rhetorical scholarship. Royster has formulated both an analytical theory and an ideological perspective that are useful in gaining a more generative understanding of literate practices as a whole and the practices of African American women in particular. Royster tells a tale of rhetorical prowess, calling for alternative ways of seeing, reading, and rendering scholarship as she seeks to establish a more suitable place for the contributions and achievements of African American women writers.
Bite-size lessons. Big-time learning, now with digital support
Practice Makes Perfect Premium: Basic English takes this successful workbook to the next level with digital support (through iOS, Android, and desktop app) that provides you with invaluable tools to ensure mastery of the content. Inside, three-page units cover each subject, which can be completed in a mere 10 to 15 minutes! Also included are engaging and humorous exercises to keep you focused and interested while you gain confidence in your new language.
Features:Sets of flashcards for all the vocabulary lists with progress tracking An answer key for all exercises in the book with progress tracking Audio recordings for all exercise answers in English and reading passages Record and replay function to compare your pronunciations to those of native speakers
English & Spanish
The dual-language text has been arranged into sentences and shorter paragraphs for quick and easy cross-referencing. The source text is the Spanish language edition of Voice of America (VOA). The Spanish text has been translated into English for this dual-language project.
The reader can choose between four formats:
Section 1: English to Spanish
Section 2: Spanish to English
Section 3: English
Section 4: Spanish
A methodology for getting the most out of this bilingual format is explained in the book’s Foreword.
The primary purpose of this text is to equip a foreign language learner with the ability to start reading news in the particular foreign language: to be able to read only in the foreign language, and extract enough understanding to continue the language learning process fruitfully this way.
A reader might like to go back to reading dual-language news for reinforcement and further development, returning to foreign language only news with a deeper understanding. By going back to the same ‘old’ news, you are going over words, word patterns, and passages with which you already have a certain familiarity. The process of reinforcement, learning or retaining of what is new, and exposure to what is unfamiliar, is much easier this way — even though the news may seem a little dated.
The aim of informing the reader about actual news is secondary, especially given that the content will become less current (and less relevant) over time.
If you are having trouble with the level of difficulty in the text, a suggested path for learning languages is as follows:
Familiarise yourself with a basic language instruction book — or re-read the one you have. Once a student has studied the basics, a suitable book about basic grammar can be helpful. The suggestion is that any grammar book be studied more with the intent of recognition and understanding, rather than memorising and obsessive rote learning. Go through as much of the grammar book you feel you can digest — maybe even the whole book — skipping over what is not easily understood.
After this, read through a portion of text in a book called ‘Spanish Sentences’, by 2LanguageBooks, looking for examples of what you have picked up (or gleaned) in your hopefully not so arduous study of grammar. Even repeatedly seeing a word that you remember seeing listed as a ‘subject pronoun’ or a ‘third person plural’ verb of some sort is a great help.
Then, depending on your inclination, return to the grammar book (or your basic Spanish book), or move on to lengthier bilingual text — like in 2Language Books texts containing news or stories, for example —, or find some suitable Spanish text: a simple novel, a Spanish news website, etc.
Grammar books will likely have some verb charts. However, there are currently good on-line resources that go further — dictionaries with a verb conjugation ‘search’ option.
Many basic language books offer some form of audio support. Internet services — primarily news based radio stations — offer podcasts. Audio from television is an additional resource, and can be formatted for use on various digital platforms. However, if audio is an important component of your interest in languages, electronic devices that support quality text-to-speech (TTS) will likely be appealing.
With a library card, TTS technology (in a device that supports the relevant content), and the above mentioned resources, an entire language learning system is available for not much more than a cup of coffee! There is no substantial financial outlay to get you started. Furthermore, there are no additional ongoing fees (and updates), and there are no expiry dates on ‘premium’ content and resources.
(A Dual-Language Book Project)
Parents: You Can Teach Your Child to Read!
Ready, Set, Read makes it easy for you to unlock a world of opportunities for your child. Put your child on the path to success with this easy-to-use program that you and your child will both love.
-Get everything you need in one book - Lessons and instructions are all in one volume, so there's just one thing to grab when you and your child are ready to enjoy the day's lesson.
-Experience the joy of teaching your child to read - Ready, Set, Read is designed to accommodate your busy schedule.
-Watch your child gain confidence - Your quality time together will produce dramatic results.
Educators: Your Students Can Be Reading Fluently
Ready, Set, Read enhances your ability to teach every student in your class to read. Research shows that systematic phonics instruction combined with reading is the most effective way to develop good reading skills. This easily adabtable program:
-Compliments your existing standards-based curriculum
-Requires minimal lesson preparation time
-Includes a Student Success Chart so you can track the progress of each student
Why choose Ready, Set, Read?
-All-in-one phonics-based reading program
-100 simple lessons-only 15 minutes per day
-Starts at the beginning, from non-reader to total fluency
-Students learn at their own pace
Coming Soon in the Winter of 2010:
Ready, Set, Read on DVD - Vera Clark teaches each lesson
Children's Booklets- colorful, illustrated lessons make the learning process more enjoyable
Leveled Storybook Readers - students practice reading with fun stories that use a controlled vocabulary based upon the lessons the student has completed.
About the Author
Author Vera Clark developed Ready, Set, Read based on her extensive experience teaching children and adults to read English. Having taught in both public and private schools, Vera currently teaches reading to Special Education students in Southern California. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and a Master's in Education with an emphasis in Special Education.
Ms. Clark loved home schooling her own children-and taught each of her four children to read when they were just toddlers. She is passionate about early reading, and is pleased that this book is helping parents and teachers introduce another generation of children to the joys of reading well.
Mark Twain Media Publishing Company specializes in providing captivating, supplemental books and decorative resources to complement middle- and upper-grade classrooms. Designed by leading educators, the product line covers a range of subjects including mathematics, sciences, language arts, social studies, history, government, fine arts, and character.
See also Teaching with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, PreK-2.
English prepositions are often used together with verbs as set phrases. For example The verb listengenerally takes the preposition to, as in “I like to listen to jazz.” Other examples include: apologize for , belong to, care for, devote to, elaborate on, fell like, graduate from, help with, invest in, know about, look at, matter to, object to, participate in, recover from, succeed in, think of, vouch for, and write about. This book includes 225 of these combinations.Why learn verb & preposition combination?
Getting the preposition right is essential for making your ideas understood in English. There is a differences between hear about and hear from. Knowing these differences, and knowing which preposition to use with which verb will help you sound more natural in English. This can help you in both everyday life and in the workplace. Of course theses preparing for the TOEFL and TOEIC exams will certainly need to know these combinations.
Everyone agrees that reading is important, but kids today tend to lose interest in reading before adolescence. In Raising Kids Who Read, bestselling author and psychology professor Daniel T. Willingham explains this phenomenon and provides practical solutions for engendering a love of reading that lasts into adulthood. Like Willingham's much-lauded previous work, Why Don't Students Like School?, this new book combines evidence-based analysis with engaging, insightful recommendations for the future. Intellectually rich argumentation is woven seamlessly with entertaining current cultural references, examples, and steps for taking action to encourage reading.
The three key elements for reading enthusiasm—decoding, comprehension, and motivation—are explained in depth in Raising Kids Who Read. Teachers and parents alike will appreciate the practical orientation toward supporting these three elements from birth through adolescence. Most books on the topic focus on early childhood, but Willingham understands that kids' needs change as they grow older, and the science-based approach in Raising Kids Who Read applies to kids of all ages.A practical perspective on teaching reading from bestselling author and K-12 education expert Daniel T. Willingham Research-based, concrete suggestions to aid teachers and parents in promoting reading as a hobby Age-specific tips for developing decoding ability, comprehension, and motivation in kids from birth through adolescence Information on helping kids with dyslexia and encouraging reading in the digital age
Debunking the myths about reading education, Raising Kids Who Read will empower you to share the joy of reading with kids from preschool through high school.