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Video of the Month
Are you looking to begin teaching reading through a workshop approach? Perhaps you would like affirmation that the approach you use to teach reading is working. Watch Lucy Culkins as she shares her vision of the structure of a Reading Workshop:
- PBS Teachers – Brought to you by PBS, this site provides online professional development, interactive resources, teacher discussions, and lesson plans.
- Read, Write, Think – A very thorough and deep resource brought to you by the International Reading Association, National Council for the Teachers of English, and Thinkfinity. Lessons, videos, and professional development in one spot.
- Scholastic Teachers – The publishing giant provides you with activities you can use immediately in the classroom, book lists, printables, and lesson plans among many other things!
- 6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide (Grades 3 and Up) – This powerful guide gives you everything you need to assess and teach young writers.
- The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child – Donalyn Miller’s approach to teaching reading is simple yet provocative: affirm the reader in every student, allow students to choose their own books, carve out extra reading time, model authentic reading behaviors, discard timeworn reading assignments such as book reports and comprehension worksheets, and develop a classroom library filled with high-interest books.
- Mosaic of Thought, Second Edition: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction – The second edition offers up-to-the-minute insight for classroom teachers, literacy coaches, and school leaders everywhere, and reminds educators of what effective, long-lasting comprehension teaching looks like.
- Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It – Reading is dying in our schools. In this provocative book, Kelly Gallagher suggests, however, that it is time to recognize a new and significant contributor to the death of reading: our schools.
- Reading Ladders: Leading Students from Where They Are to Where We’d Like Them to Be – Reading Ladders guide teachers to start with the authors, genres, or subjects their students already like and then connect them to books, each building in complexity. Teri Lesesne not only shares ready-to-go ladders, but provides suggestions that will help you select books to create your own reading ladders, build a classroom library that supports every student’s needs, use reading ladders to enhance content area knowledge, and assess where students through reading ladders.
- Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement – An indispensable resource for teachers who want to explicitly teach thinking strategies so that students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers.