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The following books are recommended for the implementation of the reading workshop approach and the proficient learner strategies. They are all highly rated by teachers.

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  • Strategies That Work by: Stephanie Harvey & Anne GoudvisGrade Level: K-8  Stenhouse Publishers  Since its publication in 2000, Strategies That Work has become an indispensable resource for teachers who want to explicitly ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2012, 1:39 AM by Paul Ketko
  • Comprehension & Collaboration by: Harvey Daniels & Stephanie Harvey  Grade Level: K-12  Heinemann  “This book is about small-group projects that work. It’s about combining what we know about the research process ...
    Posted Dec 28, 2010, 10:43 PM by Paul Ketko
  • The CAFE Book by: Gail Boushey & Joan Moser ("The Sisters")  Grade Level: K-5  Stenhouse Publishers  In The CAFE Book, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser present a practical, simple way to integrate assessment ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2012, 1:46 AM by Paul Ketko
  • Reading for Meaning by: Debbie Miller  Grade Level: K-3  Stenhouse Publishers   If you have ever wondered how to teach comprehension strategies to primary-age children, read on.First, imagine a primary-grade ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2012, 1:48 AM by Paul Ketko
  • Reading With Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action by Debbie Miller  Grade LevelK-5  Stenhouse Publishers    Effective, intentional teaching begins with a strong set of beliefs, but even the best teachers—including Debbie Miller—struggle to make ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2012, 1:51 AM by Paul Ketko
  • Reading For Real by Kathy Collins  Grade LevelK-3   Stenhouse Publishers  Reading for Real will put reading clubs on the map. Kathy is our guide to the exciting world of reading ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2012, 1:52 AM by Paul Ketko
  • Conferring: The keystone of reader's workshop by Patrick Allen  Grade LevelK-8  Stenhouse Publishers   In professional workshops with teachers over the years, Patrick Allen has encountered a list of "counterfeit beliefs" about the process of ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2012, 1:54 AM by Paul Ketko
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Strategies That Work

posted Jan 6, 2011, 11:27 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 1:39 AM ]

by: Stephanie Harvey
 & Anne Goudvis

Grade Level: K-8  Stenhouse Publishers
  

Since its publication in 2000, Strategies That Work has become an indispensable resource for teachers who want to explicitly teach thinking strategies so that students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers. In this revised and expanded edition, Stephanie and Anne have added twenty completely new comprehension lessons, extending the scope of the book and exploring the central role that activating background knowledge plays in understanding. Another major addition is the inclusion of a section on content literacy which describes how to apply comprehension strategies flexibly across the curriculum. The new edition is organized around four sections:

Part I highlights what comprehension is and how to teach it, including the principles that guide practice, a review of recent research, and a new section on assessment. A new chapter, Tools for Active Literacy: The Nuts and Bolts of Comprehension Instruction, describes ways to engage students in purposeful talk through interactive read alouds, guided discussion and written response.

Part II contains lessons and practices for teaching comprehension. A new first chapter emphasizes the importance of teaching students to monitor their understanding before focusing on specific strategies. Five lessons on monitoring provide a sound basis for launching comprehension instruction. At the end of each strategy chapter, the authors outline learning goals and ways to assess students' thinking, sharing examples of student work, and offering suggestions for differentiating instruction.

Part III, Comprehension Across the Curriculum is new. Comprehension strategies are essential for content-area reading, where information can be challenging, and presented in unfamiliar formats. This section includes chapters on social studies and science reading, topic study research, textbook reading and the genre of test reading.

Part IV shows that kids need books they can sink their teeth into and the updated appendix section recommends a rich diet of fiction and nonfiction, short text, kid's magazines, websites and journals that will assist teachers as they plan and design comprehension instruction

Through its focus on instruction that is responsive to kids' interests and learning needs, the first edition of Strategies That Work helped transform comprehension instruction for teachers across the country. For them, this new edition will be a welcome extension of that work. Those coming to it for the first time will find a current and essential resource. When readers use these strategies, they enjoy a more complete, thoughtful reading experience. Engagement is the goal. When kids are engaged in their reading they enhance their understanding, acquire knowledge, and learn from and remember what they read. And best yet, they will want to read more!


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    ISBN: 978-157110-481-6/ Item No.: WEB-0481/ 2007 / 360 pp / Paperback

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Comprehension & Collaboration

posted Jul 25, 2010, 11:36 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Dec 28, 2010, 10:43 PM ]


Grade Level: K-12  

“This book is about small-group projects that work. It’s about combining what we know about the research process, about thinking, and about people working together to create a structure that consistently supports kids to build knowledge that matters in their lives.”

—Stephanie Harvey and Harvey “Smokey” Daniels

Watch a video overview from Steph and Smokey
Listen to a podcast with Smokey and two master teachers who use inquiry circles

Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action occurs at the intersection of comprehension, collaboration, and inquiry and serves as a guide for teachers who want to realize the benefits of well-structured, student-led, cross-curricular projects. Stephanie Harvey (Strategies That Work and The Comprehension Toolkit series) and Harvey “Smokey” Daniels (Literature Circles andMini-Lessons for Literature Circles):

• lay the foundation for inquiry circles by chronicling the current research and practices behind comprehension instruction and classroom collaboration

• explain nine fundamental classroom conditions needed for active, small-group learning

• provide 26 practical lessons in comprehension, collaboration, and research

• offer how-to instructions for four types of inquiry circles—mini-research projects; curricular inquiries; extensions of literature circles; and open inquiry projects

• address characteristic management concerns, such as how to use the Internet for research and how to assess and monitor student achievement.

Throughout, chapters offer a mix of materials for you to grab and go as well as some big ideas to think through as you customize inquiry circles for your students. It is time for another stronger, more intentional era of education. Comprehension and Collaboration:Inquiry Circles in Action will serve as your companion and provide a guiding light on this important endeavor.


  • Click here to order: Heinemann
    ISBN: 
    978-0-325-01230-8 / 0-325-01230-X / 2009 / 336pp / Paperback

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The CAFE Book

posted Jul 16, 2010, 11:28 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 1:46 AM by Paul Ketko ]


by: Gail Boushey & Joan Moser ("The Sisters")  

Grade Level: K-5  

In The CAFE Book, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser present a practical, simple way to integrate assessment into daily reading and classroom discussion. The CAFE system, based on research into the habits of proficient readers, is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding vocabulary. The system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small-group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs.

Gail and Joan developed the CAFE system to support teachers as they:

·         organize assessment data so it truly informs instruction;

·         track each child's strengths and goals, thereby maximizing time with him or her;

·         create flexible groups of students, all focused on a specific reading strategy;

·         and help students remember and retrieve the reading strategies they learned.


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 Stenhouse  
ISBN: 978-157110-728-2 / 
Item No.: WEB-0728 
 / 2009 / 216pp + CD Rom / Paperback

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Reading for Meaning

posted Jul 11, 2010, 4:15 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 1:48 AM by Paul Ketko ]

by: Debbie Miller  

Grade Level: K-3  

If you have ever wondered how to teach comprehension strategies to primary-age children, read on.

First, imagine a primary-grade classroom where all the children are engaged andmotivated; where the buzz of excited, emerging readers fills the air; where simultaneously words are sounded out and connections are made between the books of their choice and the experiences of their lives. Then, open these pages.

Welcome to Debbie Miller's real classroom where real students are learning to love to read, to write, and are together creating a collaborative and caring environment. In this book, Debbie focuses on how best to teach children strategies for comprehending text. She leads the reader through the course of a year showing how her students learn to become thoughtful, independent, and strategic readers. Through explicit instruction, modeling, classroom discussion, and, most important, by gradually releasing responsibility to her students, Debbie provides a model for creating a climate and culture of thinking and learning.

Here you will learn:

  • techniques for modeling thinking;
  • specific examples of modeled strategy lessons for inferring, asking questions, making connections, determining importance in text, creating mental images, and synthesizing information;
  • how to help children make their thinking visible through oral, written, artistic, and dramatic responses to literature;
  • how to successfully develop book clubs as a way for children to share their thinking.

Reading with Meaning shows you how to bring your imagined classroom to life. You will emerge with new tools for teaching comprehension strategies and a firm appreciation that a rigorous classroom can also be nurturing and joyful.


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 Stenhouse  
ISBN: 978-157110-307-9 / 
Item No.: WEB-0307 
 / 2002 / 208pp / Paperback


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Reading With Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, Taking Action

posted Feb 6, 2010, 12:04 AM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 1:51 AM by Paul Ketko ]

by Debbie Miller  

Grade LevelK-5  Stenhouse Publishers    

Effective, intentional teaching begins with a strong set of beliefs, but even the best teachers—including Debbie Miller—struggle to make sure that their classroom practice consistently reflects their core convictions. In Teaching with Intention, Debbie shares her process of defining beliefs, aligning practice, and taking action to ensure that children are the true beneficiaries of her teaching. From setting up the classroom environment to the intentional use of language, from comprehension instruction to lesson design, Debbie is explicit about what she does and why. At the same time, she encourages teachers to develop their own belief statements concerning teaching and learning, and includes key questions to guide them in this important process.

Click here to order: Stenhouse Publishers 
Item No.: WEB-0387:  ISBN: 978-157110-387-1 / 2008 / 160pp / Paperback

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Reading For Real

posted Feb 6, 2010, 12:00 AM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 1:52 AM by Paul Ketko ]

by Kathy Collins  

Grade LevelK-3   
Stenhouse Publishers  

Reading for Real will put reading clubs on the map. Kathy is our guide to the exciting world of reading clubs, where students read with purpose, engagement, and minds-on-fire. Kathy provides you with the companionship, practical help, and the inspiration you need in order to incorporate reading clubs into your teaching. She will help you see that you need not make a choice between teaching for skills and teaching for engagement as your students both learn to read and learn to love reading. Some books add to the existing knowledge while others launch a whole new era; this book is in the latter category.-- Lucy Calkins

Take two to four kids, give them a basket of books that go together in some way, and then provide time for them to read, think, and talk together about their ideas, their questions, their wonderings. That's the simple recipe for a reading club, and Kathy Collins demonstrates the powerful results in her new book, Reading for Real. She writes, "The reading clubs I describe are a formal structure providing students with time to read and talk about books with a high level of engagement, purpose, and joy."

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 Stenhouse Publishers 
Item No.: WEB-0703:  ISBN: 978-157110-703-9 / 2008 / 240pp / Paperback


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Conferring: The keystone of reader's workshop

posted Feb 5, 2010, 10:53 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 1, 2012, 1:54 AM by Paul Ketko ]

by Patrick Allen  

Grade LevelK-8  
 

In professional workshops with teachers over the years, Patrick Allen has encountered a list of "counterfeit beliefs" about the process of conferring with readers, including such comments as: "I don't have time, I don't know what questions to ask, It's too hard, I don't know what to write in my notes, I don't even take notes, I don't know how to go deep. . . ." In Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop, Patrick maintains that the benefits of conferring are worth the effort of learning to do it well. Then he sets out to reveal how teachers can overcome their perceived obstacles and make the somewhat intangible aspect of conferring with readers tangible.

Just as the keystone -- a symmetrical, wedge-shaped stone at the center of an arch -- forms the foundation of a structure, conferring lays the groundwork for effective reading instruction. Allen defines the word confer as a verb "meaning to consult together, compare opinions, or carry on a conversation." Conferences with students are purposeful conversations that scaffold reading comprehension strategies that guide the reader's progress, and ultimately, through the gradual release of responsibility, create independent readers. In this book, teachers will discover the strength, power, and necessity of conferring with readers.

Patrick begins by explaining what conferring is and what it's not, and then unpacks the essential components of the conferring process: intimacy (the social context), rigor (the cognitive context), and inquiry (the analytical context). He explores the fundamentals of conferring -- including classroom environment, goal setting, instructional points, listening, rapport, challenges, and teacher learning -- and provides prompts that lead teachers through the reader's conference from start to finish.


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 Stenhouse Publishers 
Item No.: WEB-0768:  ISBN: 978-157110-768-8 / 2009 / 232pp / Paperback
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