Lori Oczkus’s unique guide for busy teachers offers 12 practical chapters on the hottest literacy topics including independent reading, grouping strategies, formative assessments, nonfiction, fluency, comprehension, and more! Research-based guidelines, classroom examples, and a “Top 5 “ favorite lessons list for every chapter make this an essential reference to help you motivate students and improve literacy. Designed for professional development, Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips includes a study guide and discussion topics that are ideal to discuss at staff meetings or as part of a book club or professional learning community.
The Literacy Jigsaw Puzzle shows you how to identify, assemble, and deliver a comprehensive literacy plan that includes whole-group instruction, small-group differentiated instruction, and independent practice based on the standards, curriculum, and assessments already in place in your school or district. Beverly guides you through today’s education challenges, including increasingly diverse classrooms, Response to Intervention, and Common Core State Standards. You’ll discover how integrated literacy instruction can help you meet the needs of all learners—struggling, typical, and gifted learners as well as unmotivated students, English learners, and students with special needs—and maximize limited classroom time.
At the core of this book lies Beverly’s indefatigable belief that when teachers understand all the crucial elements of effective literacy instruction and really know their students, all learners can achieve success. The tools she provides—including research-based strategies and best practices, model thematic units for primary- and intermediate-grade classrooms, suggestions for independent projects and presentations, reproducible planning templates, and vignettes that show real-life teaching scenarios—will prove invaluable as you put together the literacy jigsaw puzzle in your class.
Literacy in the Student-Centered Classroom: A Practical Approach to Setup, Design, and Implementation
Clear, practical, and reader accessible, the fully revised and updated second edition of this text:
* emphasizes how language is a distinctly human activity and how successful language use is dependent on appropriate choices driven by social context.
* Demonstrates--through numerous sample classroom activities, many of which have been prepared by classroom teachers--how language study can be more meaningful and enjoyable for students.
*Features two unique chapters--one on the languages of intolerance and discrimination and one on how teachers can help English-as-a-Second-Language learners in mainstream classrooms.
*Includes "For Your Information and Practice" activities in each chapter to help readers deepen and clarify their understandings of the content.
Maureen McLaughlin and Brenda Overturf explain the key points of the CCSS and describe how to use the Standards effectively in grades 6–12 instruction. The authors delve into important topics such as assessment, implementation, and curriculum—as well as the implications of the Common Core for special populations such as English learners, students with disabilities, and gifted and talented students. In addition to a focus on disciplinary literacy throughout the book, there is an entire chapter devoted to helping you teach students to use disciplinary strategies to engage, guide, and extend their thinking.
The second part of this book is even more exciting: a detailed look at each of the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading, combined with practical guidance on how to use those Standards to teach your middle school and high school students. Each Standard is aligned with accessible, appropriate, research-based strategies to help you integrate the ELA Standards into a series of rich, connected, instructional tasks.
Classroom applications, student examples, and valuable teaching tools make this the resource you’ll turn to again and again as you implement the CCSS in your classroom, school, and district.