Showing posts with label Books for Teachers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books for Teachers. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

DeSoto County Mississippi

As promised, here is the powerpoint I presented on Monday--the first presentation of the New Year.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxzaGFuYWhhbnN0dWZmfGd4OjRkMmIxOWRmZGJhMWM3NzU&pli=1

Also, there were questions about sources of practical instructional ideas along the lines of what I shared. There are not yet a lot of sources, but I recommend the following:

http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CCSSI_ELA%20Standards.pdf

These are the common core standards for English language arts. Look specifically at what is required in grades 6-12 in social studies/history and science/technology. These standards don't tell you how to teach these things, but what is to be taught in these areas will be very informative and should support your teaching.

Brozo & Simpson. (2003). Teachers and learners: Expanding literacy across the content areas. Merrill, Prentice-Hall.
This is a content area reading textbook. It is probably the best right now and certainly the most sensitive to the specific demands of the disciplines.

Fang & Schleppegrell. (2008). Reading in second content areas: A language-based pedagogy. University of Michigan Press.
This text deals specifically with disciplinary differences and how to teach them (extremely useful), though it is narrow in terms of what it includes--it only focuses on the language differences across the subject areas.

Shanahan & Shanahan. (2008). Teaching disciplinary literacy to adolescents. Harvard Educational Review, 78, 40-59.
This article lays out the theory that I described in my talk.

Happy new year!



Saturday, April 19, 2008

Books to Support Reading Reform

Recently, I was working with a group of educators in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I love going up there, in part because my mom's family is from there. But I also am always impressed at the seriousness and purposefulness of the teachers I meet there (whether I connect with them through the school division or through the local reading council). Friday, I was there talking about my instructional framework and one of the teachers wanted to know if there were any good practical guides to helping teachers to deliver quality instruction in the various literacy components. Of course, I directed her to take a look at this blog site as there are increasing numbers of ideas posted here.

But, it was a serious question, deserving of a serious answer. When I was director of reading in Chicago, we bought a short list of books for all of my coaches. Here is an updated version of that list. These are all fine books that should be helpful to teachers.

Reading Comprehension
Harvey, S., & Goudvis, A. (2007). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension for understanding and engagement. Stenhouse.

Irwin, J. (2006). Teaching reading comprehension processes (3rd ed.). Allyn & Bacon.


Oral Reading Fluency
Rasinski, T. V. (2003). The fluent reader: Oral reading strategies for building word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. Scholastic.


Word Knowledge: Decoding
Bear, D. R., Invernizzi, M., Templeton, S. R., & Johnston, F. (2007). Words their way: Word study for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling Instruction (4th ed.). Prentice-Hall.


Writing
Graham, S., MacArthur, C. A., & Fitzgerald, J. (Eds.). (2007). Best practices in writing instruction. Guilford.

Word Knowledge: Vocabulary
Beck, I., McKeown, M., & Kucan, L. (200 ). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction. Guilford.

There is also a good book on vocabulary by Camille Blachowicz and Peter Fisher. Beck & McKeown have a new volume on vocabulary teaching coming in May, 2008 that I am very much looking forward to. All of them, I think, are available through Powells or Amazon or Barnes & Noble (the only one that may not be is the one from Brookes Publishing--if not, they have their own website).


Word Knowledge: Phonemic Awareness
Adams, M. J., Foorman, B. R., Lundberg, I., & Beeler, T. (1998).
Phonemic awareness in young children: A classroom curriculum. Brookes Publishing.


Reading Comprehension
Harvey, S., & Goudvis, A. (2007). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension for understanding and engagement. Stenhouse.

Irwin, J. (2006). Teaching reading comprehension processes (3rd ed.). Allyn & Bacon.