and Featured Books....
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Resolution Through Children's Literature (Grades k-2) ~ William J. Kreidler, James
Graham Hale. Scholastic
Professional Books, 1999 ~ This teacher's resource is filled
with activities based in popular children's books. It includes
all needed resources and additional titles for extending activities.
What Happened to
Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten? ~ Susan Ohanian ~ Explains the misguided mania for testing
children, why a child's success or failure is currently determined
by a set of tests, and what parents are doing to change public
policy on education.
Big Brother and
the National Reading Curriculum: How Ideology Trumped Evidence
~ Edited by Richard L. Allington, University
of Florida (Heinemann) ~
In this timely and important book, nationally-recognized reading
researcher Richard Allington tracks and questions the 30-year
campaign that has focused on testing, accountability, and federalization
education. He and other educators, including Jim Cunningham,
Michael Pressley, Elaine Garan, and Patrick Shannon, have contributed
articles that provide an overview of past and recent federal
education policies, including the NRP Report and associated legislation
and policy making.
literacy, in support of Whole Language...
The Art of Teaching
~ Lucy McCormick ~ Lucy
McCormick Calkins brings love, laughter and energy to literacy
instruction. Calkins manages to blend vignette, theory and practice
into a seamless read. If there were time to read only one book
related to reading instruction in the elementary classroom, this
would the book I would recommend.
The Art of Teaching Writing ~ Lucy McCormick Calkins ~ Everything you ever wanted
to know about Writers' Workshop, and more.
to Read and the Spin Doctors of Science : The Political Campaign
to Change America's Mind About How Children Learn to Read ~ Denny Taylor ~ If you aren't already angry at the inequities
in schools across the country, at the lies perpetuated by "scientific
researchers," politicians & publishers & businessmen,
this book will do the trick. The biases inherent in Barbara Foorman's
"research" about Open Court are laid bare.
and Writing: Inquiry and Multiple Ways of Knowing ~ Beth Berghoff, Jerome Harste,
Kathy Egawa and Barry Hoonan
~ This book is full of classroom descriptions of inquiry at work.
The teachers have the children using multiple sign systems (art,
music, movement) to construct deeper meanings in focused studies.
The students, not standards or disciplines, are the basis from
which curriculum is drawn.
a Writing Community: A Practical Guide ~ Marcia S. Freeman ~ a comprehensive and easy-to-use resource
that halps create and maintain an effective classroom writers
workshop. Its practical approach explains how to teach young
writers style and genre characteristics, composing skills, conventions
and the many aspects of the writing process itself.
Ralph Fletcher and Joann Portalupi
~This book is filled with strategy lessons for teaching craft.
For those of us who have trouble thinking up good mini-lessons,
this book will help jog your memory, and give you ideas that
you can tailor to the needs of your own class.
Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers ~ Harste, Short and Burke ~ So much is here. A textbook for learning
about whole language, inquiry, and reading and writing. A must
have reference book, complete with many how to's for teaching
inquiry, reading and writing. This is an open-and- understand-something-new
each time, book.
Doing Words ~ Katie Johnson ~ Katie Johnson uses the methods learned
from Sylvia Ashton Warner's work with children and writing. Especially
appropriate for primary and preschool, she shows how a teacher
takes children through the writing process from key words to
Look At Writing
~ Donald Graves ~ Graves
invites teachers to examine craft and process in a workshop approach
to writing through a series of invitations, exercises, in a sense.
While a quick read might satisfy, a leisurely read that allows
time for responding and reflecting on the invitations will surely
be more meaningful.
of Fantasy: An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories ~ Gianni Rodari ~ Gianni
Rodari gave a series of lectures to teachers in the childcare
program at Reggio Emilia, which evolved into this book. It shows
that fantasy stories are made of other stories, and of the interactions
between words which immediately set up a reaction in the human
brain to seek connections. The book leads its reader to make
new stories with children, and is a delight.
~ Carl Anderson ~ Carl
Anderson gives us an in-depth look at the conferring part of
Writer's Workshop. Through numerous examples, he explores what
happens, what is said, and how to say it. The teacher uses a
research, decide, teach, strategy to confer. By reading this
book, one has the chance to see first hand how powerful the conference
can be in helping a child to be a better writer.
In the Company
~ Joanne Hindley ~ Joanne
Hindley discusses writing as well as reading workshop in her
book. She, like Carl Anderson, Randy Bomer, Isoke Nia and Lucy
Calkins, was part of the Teacher College Writing Project. This
book is loaded with ideas for mini-lessons and genre studies,
conferring, and assessing in both workshops.
Invitations ~ Regie Routman ~ Routman's book is stocked with ideas
for reading and writing. It was one of the first books I read
when I wanted to find out more about teaching from
a whole language perspective. She gives many strategies and examples
of how to and what to do. A good one to keep for reference.
Bobbi Fisher ~ is the book
that brought me to whole language. It is a wonderful book for
anyone who is teaching kindergarten for the first time. When
I switched grade levels and became a kindergarten teacher, this
book sat on my bed stand and was my
guiding light that first year. It is still one of the best books
Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop ~ Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan
Zimmermann ~ Mosaic of
Thought is a very thoughtful and thought-provoking book on the
teaching of reading comprehension. Unlike many education books
the authors weave poetry and
other reading selections into the writing of their book. They
use the poetry to talk about how we as adults (and good readers)
approach reading and our own struggles to build comprehension.
In the book they introduce the various techniques that good readers
use to help them comprehend what they read and then they take
us into different classrooms where teachers are introducing
these techniques to their students.
to the Children: Lessons for Teachers and Parents from Sylvia
~ Sydney Gurewitz Clemens
~ Clemens has studied Ashton-Warner's writing and her life. She
explains the contributions of Ashton-Warner: Key Vocabulary,
an emphasis on creativity, and peace education, connecting it
with her own work and that of other contemporary authors in Early
Childhood Education, especially Vivian Gussin Paley. Ashton-Warner
is depicted as a very imperfect person who made substantial contributions
to our thinking about young children.
Mem Fox ~ This
is a "must read!" It's an easy-to-read, entertaining,
and very inspirational little volume filled with Mem Fox's thoughts
on teaching reading and writing. Mem
Fox is a superb storyteller, drawing the reader in to the magic
of writing, and once there, keeping one hooked with expert advice
on good reasons to write, why she writes, and how important audience
is to writers.
With Meaning ~
Debbie Miller ~ dealing
with comprehension in the primary grades, this book puts a primary
helps put a primary perspective on Mosaic of Thought and
Strategies That Work.
Teacher ~ Sylvia Ashton
Warner ~ This bestseller
was translated into seventeen languages. It is a passionate account
of a New Zealand white teacher, who studied the Maori children
she taught, and invented a way of teaching them which worked,
because it was based in matters of great importance to them.
A classic, written by a woman sometimes called the "mother
of whole language."
the Youngest Writers ~
Marcia Freeman ~ For those
just beginning their journey into writing workshop in the primary
classroom, this book is great.
What A Writer
Ralph Fletcher ~ Now that
my students are writing, how do I help them improve the quality
of that writing? What A Writer Needs answers that concern. In
engaging anecdotal prose, Ralph Fletcher provides a wealth of
specific, practical strategies for challenging and extending
student writing. There are chapters on details, the use of time,
character, beginning and endings, among others. The work of student
and professional writers is sprinkled throughout the book, and
a generous bibliography of picture books and novels is provided.
~ Katie Wood Ray ~ Katie
says writing is something you do, not something you know, and
that children must be taught to read like writers -- to notice,
to make a theory, give language to, make connections and envision
doing those crafty things in one's own writing. Ray differentiates
the type of reading done in a 'readerly way' with that done in
a 'writerly way' and illustrates the impact of learning to read
in writerly way on classroom instruction and writing. She teaches
us to help children do writing by studying the craft of writers,
and trying some of those things in our own writing. In short,
Katie Wood Ray teaches writing as inquiry. She includes many
texts and teaching stories to illustrate how she used literature
to teach craft.
Word Journeys ~ Kathy Ganske
~ worth the price just for the assessments and classroom documentation
of word study progress.
Way ~ Donald R. Bear (Author), Marcia
Invernizzi, Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston ~ This book contains a very good spelling
inventory that helps you "place" your students on a
spelling continuum. It also contains ideas and activities for
addressing these differing levels in your classroom and setting
up individualized spelling work.
Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts, and They are All Hard
~ Katie Wood Ray ~ In this
book, Katie discusses and gives examples of all aspects of the
Writing Workshop, from setting up the classroom, to mini-lessons,
conferring, genre and craft studies. Examples of how to do this
of invitations, exercises, in a sense. While a quick read might
satisfy, a leisurely read that allows time for responding and
reflecting on the invitations will surely be more meaningful.
especially relating to miscue analysis....
Windows Into Literacy: Assessing Learners
~ Lynn K. Rhodes and Nancy
L. Shanklin (Heineman)
Miscue Inventory: Alternative Procedures ~ Goodman, Yetta with D. Watson, C. Burke. New York: Richard C. Owen Publishers,
~ Goodman, Yetta with Ann M.
Marek. Katonah, NY: Richard
C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 1996.
Analysis for Classroom Teachers: Some History and Some Procedures"
Primary Voices, Volume 3, Number 4, November, 1995, p.2-9.
additional titles on literacy ~ if you have a review of any of the following,
please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org...
Breathing In: Breathing Out ~ Fletcher
Building A Writing Community: A Practical Guide ~ Marcia
For the Good of Earth and Sun: Teaching Poetry ~ Georgia
For a Better World: Reading and Writing for Social Action
~ Randy and Katherine Bomer
A Garden of Poets: Poetry Writing in the Elementary Classroom
~ Mary K. Glover
Ideas for Spelling ~ Diane Snowball
Investigating Nonfiction ~ Donald Graves
Is That a Fact? ~ Tony Stead
Lasting Impressions ~ Shelly Harwayne.
Lifetime Guarantees: Toward Ambitious Literacy ~ Shelley
Living Between the Lines ~ Lucy Calkins
Making a Difference : Selected Writings of Dorothy Watson ~ Sandra Wilde
Picturing Learning: Artist and Writers in the Classroom
~ Karen Erenst
Primary Literacy Centers; Making Reading and Writing STICK
~ Susan Nations (co-author)
Reading Without Nonsense ~ Frank Smith
Resisting Reading Mandates ~ Elaine Garan
Side by Side: Essays on Teaching to Learn ~ Nancie Atwell
So Much Stuff, So Little Space- Organizing the Learner-Centered
Classroom ~ Susan Nations (co-author)
Teaching Spelling ~ Diane Snowball
What's Whole about Whole Language ~ Ken Goodman
Whole Language: Inquiring Voices ~ Dorothy Watson
The Whole Story ~ Brian Cambourne