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More Than 100 Ways to Learner-Centered Literacy

Second Edition


September 2008 | 200 pages | Corwin

"New and veteran teachers who embrace learner-centered literacy will find this material useful, practical, and inexpensive."
—Gayle Simoneaux, Teacher
Mimosa Park Elementary School, Luling, LA

"The book features an easy-to-understand format with lots of ways to incorporate literacy development into the classroom."
—Debbie Smith, Teacher
Lady's Island Elementary School, Beaufort, SC

Use research-based, student-centered strategies to nurture thoughtful, lifelong readers! 

This updated edition of More Than 50 Ways to Learner-Centered Literacy provides a user-friendly collection of methods and strategies for delivering effective literacy instruction. The authors include more than 100 practical techniques that are grounded in a constructivist, learner-centered approach and demonstrate how to develop: 

  • A rich environment that fosters vocabulary and reading skills
  • Student interaction through strategies like Buddy Studies, Partner Biographies, and Story-Map Trios
  • Fluency and comprehension by using predictable text, innovations on text, and more
  • Student assessments through observations, anecdotal records, and open-ended questions

Aligned with National Reading Panel recommendations, this resource includes inventive ideas from master teachers to promote continuous improvement in literacy teaching and learning.

 
Publisher's Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
Section 1. Designing a Literate Environment
Learning Language by Using It  
#1 Labels, Labels, Everywhere  
#2 Where in the Room Is It?  
#3 Wordstrings  
#4 String ‘Em Up  
#5 Hang-Ups  
#6 Shoe Bag Classification  
#7 Word Ribbons  
#8 Class Mailbox  
#9 Message Center  
#10 Personal Word Banks  
Building on Students’ Experiences  
#11 Classroom Libraries  
#12 Mainly Menus  
#13 Taking Off With Advertising Flyers  
#14 Weekly Words  
#15 The Living Bulletin Board  
Establishing Literacy Work Stations  
#16 Work Station Rules  
#17 The Key to Knowledge  
#18 Housekeeping  
#19 Introducing the Writing Work Station  
 
Section 2. Orchestrating Student Interaction
Buddy Studies: Learning in Pairs  
#20 Turn to Your Neighbor and . . .  
#21 Level of Learning Reading Partners  
#22 Learning Partners  
#23 Paired Verbal Fluency  
#24 Learning Partner Biographies  
#25 Summary Pairs  
#26 The King and Queen of Questions  
Structuring Small Groups  
#27 Story Map Trios  
#28 Get the Point  
#29 Peer Revision: Learning Together  
#30 Peer Editing: Sharing Glows and Grows  
Reading Conference: Flexible Student Grouping  
#31 Establishing the Climate  
#32 Student Preparation  
#33 Temperature Checking  
#34 Developing the Format  
#35 Flexible Groupings  
#36 One-on-One  
 
Section 3. Developing Fluent Comprehension
Developing Skills by Increasing Fluency  
#37 Choosing and Using Predictable Text  
#38 Innovations on Text  
#39 Toot! Toot!  
#40 Radio Reading  
#41 Say It Like the Character  
#42 Reader’s Theater  
#43 Partners Predict  
#44 Opin  
#45 Word Splash  
#46 Say Something  
Extending the Reading Experience  
#47 Figures of Speech  
#48 Create a Comic  
#49 Finding Common Ground  
Integrating Instruction  
#50 Student-Selected Theme Topics  
#51 Civic Projects  
#52 Imagine If You Were ...  
 
Section 4. Nurturing Lifelong Learners
Routines for Reading to, With, and by Children  
#53 Read-Alouds  
#54 Familiarity Breeds Confidence  
#55 We Are Readers: A Class Record  
#56 Sustained Silent Reading  
#57 Guided Reading  
Writing Centers: Reading/Writing Connection  
#58 Readers/Writers Workshop  
#59 Purposeful Tasks  
#60 Published and Unpublished Work  
#61 Paths to Publication  
Building a Community of Learners  
#62 Literature Clubs  
#63 Join the Chorus  
#64 Mine, Yours, and Ours  
#65 Writing Autobiographies  
 
Section 5. Assessing Student Growth
Kid-Watching in the Classroom  
#66 Anecdotal Records  
#67 A Nifty Notebook  
#68 Sticky Helpers  
#69 Individual Student Checklists  
#70 Class Checklists  
#71 Historical Checklists  
#72 Interviews  
#73 Open-Ended Questions  
Student Portfolios  
#74 Crate ‘Em Up!  
#75 Bulky Bundles  
#76 Portfolio Contents  
#78 Portfolio-Prompted Planning  
#79 Entry Slips  
#80 Autobiographies of Work  
#81 Biographies of Work  
Exhibitions and Performance Tasks  
#81 Building in Authenticity  
#82 Anchors and Archetypes  
#83 Developing a Rubric  
#84 Exciting Exhibitions  
 
Section 6. Leading Learning-Focused Conversations: Strategies for Professional Development
Crafting the Container: Starting, Structuring, and Sustaining Thinking  
#85 Simple Stem Completions  
#86 T-chart Opposites  
#87 3-2-1  
#88 Mindful Memorandum  
#89 Brainstorm and Pass  
#90 Problem-Solving Partnerships  
#91 Going Graphic  
Learning-Focused Consultation  
#92 An Idea Menu  
#93 Make Your Thinking Transparent  
#94 Patterned Response: What, Why, How  
#95 The Big Idea  
#96 Categorically Speaking  
#97 Sharing Causal Theories  
Inviting Thinking: A Sampler of Questions for Literacy Coaching  
#98 Questions for Planning  
#99 Questions for Reflecting  
#100 Questions to Stimulate Discussion  
#101 Metaphor and Invention  
 
Resources
 
Index

“Both new and veteran teachers who truly embrace learner-centered literacy in their classroom will find the material useful, practical, and inexpensive.”

Gayle Simoneaux, Teacher
Mimosa Park Elementary School, Luling, LA

"Gives lots of easy ways to incorporate literacy development into the classroom. The book's format makes it extremely easy to understand.”

Debbie Smith, Teacher
Lady’s Island Elementary School, Beaufort, SC

it isthe best for my lesson plan so far

Ms Yolanda Greene-allen-boggs
mastery of education, uco
February 25, 2012

NOT SURE, LET ME READ OVER IT AGAIN AND CHECK THE LESSON PLANS

Ms Yolanda Greene-allen-boggs
mastery of education, uco
December 3, 2011

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