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Inquiring Minds:Literacy Text Reviews

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  • Supporting Struggling Readers and Writers, Strategies for Classroom Intervention 3 – 6, Dorothy Strickland, Stenhouse, this book explores the factors that contribute to success and failure in literacy and provides you with systematic and ongoing approaches for helping students who are most at risk.
  • What Really Matters for Struggling Readers, Designing Research-Based Programs, Richard Allington, Pearson Education, Allington discusses specific classroom practices to help struggling readers-very helpful.
  • Strategies That Work, Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding, Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis, Stenhouse, this text is full of practical suggestions to help students think when they read. 
  • Beyond Leveled Books, Supporting Transitional Readers in Grades 2 – 5, Karen Szymusiak & Franki Sibberson, Stenhouse, this book is written by two third grade teachers.  Great examples and strategies to use in your classroom.
  • Supporting Struggling Readers, Barbara J. Walker, Pippin Publishing, the author of this book suggests that teachers build on children’s strengths – what they can already do.  The book also looks at the developmental stages of literacy and instructional strategies and assessment during these stages.
  • Literature Circles, Voice, Harvey Daniels, Stenhouse, second edition of this text.  Daniels offers a wealth of practical and concrete suggestions for every aspect of book club management.
  • Apprenticeship in Literacy, Linda J. Dorn Cathy French & Tammy Jones, Stenhouse, easy to read text K-3 teachers can use as a guide as they develop their reading and writing programs.  The text gives lots of authentic classroom examples.
  • Shaping Literate Minds, Developing Self-Regulated Learners, Linda J. Dorn & Carla Soffos, Stenhouse, this book looks at three areas in literacy- reading, spelling and writing.  It gives teachers ideas on how to link these areas together.
  • Scaffolding Young Writers, Linda J. Dorn & Carla Soffos, Stenhouse, this text gives you a clear road map for implementing writers’ workshop in the primary grades.
  • Classroom That Work, They Can All Read and Write, Patricia M. Cunningham & Richard L. Allington, Longman, second edition of this text. This text has great practical ideas you can use in your classroom.  The chapter, A Day In A Four-Blocks Primary Classroom is very help for developing a schedule.
  • Word Matters, Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom, Gay Su Pinnell & Irene C. Fountas, a companion book to Guided Reading.  Presents theory and practical applications of word study.  Lots of reproducible sheets for word study systems and writing workshop.
  • Improving Comprehension With Think-Aloud Strategies, Jeffrey D. Wilhem, Scholastic, Wilhem shows you how to use think-alouds to support middle-grade students through sample lessons, classroom scenarios and sample student work.
  • Raising Cain, Protecting The Emotional Life of Boys, Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson, Ballantine, chapter 2 is an interesting read-Thorn Among Roses: The Struggle of Young Boys in Early Education.
  • The First Six Weeks of School, Paula Denton & Roxann Kriete, Northeast Foundation For Children, a comprehensive guidebook showing you how to structure the first six weeks of school in order to lay the groundwork for a productive year of learning.  This text is for K- 6 teachers

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