Disciplinary Literacy in Action

How to Create and Sustain a School-Wide Culture of Deep Reading, Writing, and Thinking

Author: ReLeah Cossett Lent,Marsha McCracken Voigt

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1544317484

Category: Education

Page: 368

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You wouldn’t tell a heart surgeon to also do pediatrics—so why would we tell content area educators they must “do” literacy? Math, history, English and science teachers are passionate about their specialties, and that’s why authors Releah Lent and Marsha Voight designed a framework that keeps teachers’ subjects at the center of daily classroom life while also helping them pool strengths with colleagues. Based on years of successful implementation, this powerful PL cycle “drops in” seamlessly to any school setting, so teachers schoolwide take on innovative practices of reading, writing, thinking, and doing within their areas of expertise.

Young Adult Literature and the Digital World

Textual Engagement Through Visual Literacy

Author: Jennifer S. Dail,Shelbie Witte,Steven T. Bickmore

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1475840845

Category: Education

Page: 130

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This book explores digital literacies to engage students in responding to young adult literature, including digital literacies to engage students beyond the classroom and with the world in which they live. Practical classroom strategies to implement in classrooms are offered.

Contending with Gun Violence in the English Language Classroom

Author: Shelly Shaffer,Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil,Steven T. Bickmore

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429756011

Category: Education

Page: 142

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Utilizing experiences and expertise from English educators, young adult literature authors, classroom teachers, and mental health professionals, this book considers how secondary English Language Arts can address school gun violence. Curated by field experts, contributions to this volume pay special attention to how a school’s culture and climate affect how teachers and students communicate around difficult topics that are embedded in the curriculum, but not directly addressed. As the first book that helps teachers and teacher educators to grapple with the topic of school violence specifically in the English education classroom, this book promotes young adult literature and writing activities that address timely and unfortunately recurring events.

Teaching on Solid Ground

Knowledge Foundations for the Teacher of English

Author: Thomas M. McCann,John V. Knapp

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462537634

Category: Education

Page: 226

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To be successful, teachers of English in grades 6–12 need more than basic content knowledge and classroom management skills. They need a deep understanding of the goals and principles of teaching literature, writing, oral discourse, and language in order to make sound instructional decisions. This engaging book explores the pedagogical foundations of the discipline and gives novice and future teachers specific guidance for creating effective, interesting learning experiences. The authors consider such questions as what makes a literary text worth studying, what students gain from literary analysis, how to make writing meaningful, and how to weave listening and speaking into every class meeting. Professional learning and course use are facilitated by end-of-chapter reflection questions, text boxes, and appendices showcasing exemplary learning activities.

When Writing with Technology Matters

Author: Charles Fuhrken,Carol Bedard

Publisher: Stenhouse Pub

ISBN: 9781571109378

Category: Education

Page: 150

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Students today have been plugged in for their entire lives. They don't remember a time before Facebook, blogs, texting, and websites, and they have experienced a range of digital tools including laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Writing in the classroom, however, has not kept pace with the digital learner; there is a profound gap between what students learn in school and the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. When Writing with Technology Matters provides teachers with theory that supports the need for technology in classrooms and strategies on how to integrate technology into the English Language Arts curriculum. This timely book addresses 21st-century themes--critical thinking, collaboration, engagement and empowerment--and targets current educational foci--genre knowledge, research, the importance of process, and the need to make learning relevant. The authors show teachers how to create a classroom environment that allows students to become invested in writing and provide detailed descriptions of elementary and middle school literacy projects that teachers can follow step-by-step or use as a guide when planning their own technology-based projects. This book demonstrates how to take advantage of the digital generation's affinity for technology in order to change and improve the writing process, empowering students to become better, more nuanced readers, writers, and thinkers who are well prepared for the challenges of a digital world.

Literature and the Child

Author: Lee Galda,Lawrence R. Sipe,Lauren A. Liang,Bernice E. Cullinan

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285687329

Category: Education

Page: 528

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LITERATURE AND THE CHILD, 8th Edition, covers the two major topical areas of children's literature: the genres of children's literature (picturebooks, contemporary realistic fiction, etc.) and the use of children's literature in the classroom. The book offers succinct yet beautifully written and illustrated discussions that reflect the tone and feel of children's books. Featuring discussions of the latest works of children's literature, the book includes coverage of the growing importance of young adult literature as well as emphasis on upper-level children's literature and adolescent literature. The authors pay careful attention to diversity in children's literature and equip readers with practical, research-based teaching ideas linked to the Common Core English Language Arts Standards for grades kindergarten through eight. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Teaching Reading in the Middle Grades

Understanding and Supporting Literacy Development

Author: James A. Rycik,Judith L. Irvin

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 226

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This thought-provoking text supports the efforts of teachers and students working to achieve new and higher standards of reading proficiency in grades 4 to 8. Unlike any other text, "Teaching Reading in the Middle Grades" provides a balanced, readable analysis of recent documents developed by professional organizations, researchers, and government agencies including the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, and the National Reading Panel, The text articulates standards for proficient reading performance and for effective instruction and reflects on how these standards provide a useful synthesis of current research and practice about teaching methods. With its careful balance of the different dimensions presented in current research outlining that the teacher, not only the method, is a crucial factor in student achievement, this text helps students grasp the scope and complexity of student achievement in literacy. "Teaching Reading in the Middle Grades" is organized in two parts--understanding literacy development (Part I) and supporting literacy development (Part II)--and incorporates various classroom routines throughout the book. Ideal as a main text or a reference guide for teachers, this flexible textbook is intended for reading and language arts teachers in middle school settings who are trying to help their students become better readers and writers. It also teaches both pre-service and practicing teachers how to meet the specific needs of all the teachers who have been given responsibility for developing the proficiency of readers in the middle grades. Praise for "Teaching Reading in the Middle Grades" ""The major strength of this manuscript is the readable nature of the material. It is cutting-edge, essentially accurate, and easy to read at the same time. This text is readable and very practical. Most concepts that are introduced are thoroughly developed and the writer also provides many suitable examples of how to apply the material. It's refreshing to read a text that explicitly mentions English Language Learners (ELL) as opposed to mentioning the obvious fact that reading texts should reflect a diversity of cultural experiences or some other such generic admonition."" --Paul L. Markham, University of Kansas ""The discussion of scaffolding is among the best I have read. It's clear and comprehensible. Few authors directly address the confusion between teaching strategies and reader strategies. I love the transition between read-alouds and oral reading by students...I look forward to quoting the authors in the future when I do presentations on oral reading strategies. Hats off to the authors for modeling the pattern guide with a primary source! This is the first textbook in which I have seen the pattern guide used with this type of reading/listening material."" --Lois E. Huffman, North Carolina State University

Language Arts and Literacy in the Middle Grades

Planning, Teaching, and Assessing Learning

Author: Margaret J. Finders,Susan Hynds

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 297

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From two prominent scholars in the field of literacy comes a middle school teacher preparation text that offers important innovations not usually found in traditional secondary methods texts. The book is rife with concrete examples of teaching literacy and language arts in middle school contexts, but is relevant to preservice and practicing teachers at middle and high school levels. This edition includes a stronger focus on culturally relevant pedagogy and the needs of English Language Learners as well as a Standards in Practice feature, which helps teachers incorporate state and national standards in teaching and planning. The book is based on a teacher-as-inquirer model. A fieldwork component provides tools for classroom inquiry and reflection in each chapter. The book is timely and relevant, with classroom cases written by experienced and new middle school language arts teachers.