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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on February 5, 2013

Guided Readers : making the most of the 18 – minute guided reading lesson, by Lori Jamison Rog. 372.4162 ROG.

A collection of practical teaching and learning routines to help make guided reading instruction more intentional, manageable, and engaging. Why 18 minutes? 2 minutes transition time and 18 minutes is long enough for some sustained reading – by both the guided small instruction reading group and the independent learners – without depleting the limited attention span of younger children.  There are many lessons, tips, ideas, and practice activities to meet a wide range of learning goals. The routines have been organized by developmental stage, most can be modified to suit readers at different levels or for different purposes.

Rock & Roll Literacy, by Sigmund Brouwer. 428.4 BRO.

“Brouwer brings his unique sense of play to the serious business of learning to read and write.”  Balancing silly stories with more serious material and armed with music, humor and heart, he connects the dots for people who work with kids to cultivate reading and writing skills. Classroom story starters, along with instructions, can be found online at rock & roll –

100 Minutes : Making every minute count in the literacy block, by Lisa Donohue. 372.6044 DON

Overwhelmed by the skills, strategies, and elements that fit under the “literacy: umbrella?    100 minutes  shows how to fit balanced literacy into a 100 minute literacy block using a framework of whole-class and guided small group instruction, writing sessions, and independent work.  By chunking a literacy block into three distinct sections, this practical resource argues that it is possible to provide opportunities for students to engage in all aspects of literacy, have voice and choice in their learning, capitalize on their strengths, identify areas for growth, and set personal learning goals.

Ban the Book Report : promoting frequent and enthusiastic reading, by Graham Foster.  418.4071 FOS

Offers response assignments that are more closely aligned with the reasons people read – to explore personal interests, to make emotional connections, and to enjoy themselves.  Includes 20 specific assignments that will engage students, and persuade them to respond to their reading in innovative ways, including book talks, alternate covers, talk-show interviews, diary entries for characters, letters to authors, and more.  Each assignment has its own rubric written in student-friendly language, along with student response exemplars from real classrooms.  Offers tips to help launch and manage an independent reading program.

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