Odds&Ends

A [slowly growing] page of resources…

Could you suggest any good books?

  • One common question I am asked by Middle School teachers in particular–though others in general–is for short text suggestions.  In the busy secondary teaching life of too much to do with too little time, often beautifully written short texts offer a a chance to work with text while still offering up lots and lots of independent reading time.  So out of desperation of not knowing how to always immediately answer that question, I started this good docs page, several people have added to it already and I hope you do as well.
  • Of course this leads to longer text suggestions.  There are MANY places to go for this, a few favorites:
    • The Nerdy Book Club is a voracious group of teacher-readers (you can join by… there, you just joined! Now start reading).

Click the badge to go to their site.

    • The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project maintains teacher-favorite books lists a plenty.
    • Franki and Mary Lee’s A Year of Reading blog is a treasure trove of book reviews and suggestions.

Book Study support?

  • I wrote a sample Pathways to the Common Core study guide for our book, it’s available from Heinemann’s website.
  • A bunch of people have told me they are leading Energize Research Reading and Writing book studies (which I am very honored and excited to here).  No I haven’t written a study guide yet, but yes I probably should… (thank you for the continual nudging, you know who you are.)

 

Literacy support?

  • While working with a terrific English supervisor in NJ, we stumbled upon Hyde Park Central School’s “Grades K-6 Tier II Vocabulary Words” lists (scroll down the left sidebar to find them). Frequently teachers wonder about good vocabulary instruction. Research tends to revolve around three things: 1. Teach how words work, 2. Teach high leverage words explicitly, 3.Develop word-awareness (e.g. make your room a place where everyone–you, students–pay attention to, appreciate, and gather language).  For the second point, Tier II words give you bang for your time because they cut across content areas.

 

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