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In the first edition, Short, Harste, and Burke presented practical theory of literacy instruction based on their work with classroom teachers. Their aim was to show practicing and preservice elementary teachers how to create the best possible literacy-learning environment.
In this second edition, the authors offer more ideas and rich descriptions of how their curriculum moved from writing and reading to include inquiry. Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirersrepresents their latest thinking, along with lingering questions and new concerns.
The first half of the book focuses on the authoring cycle and the ways in which Short, Harste, Burke, and other teacher-researchers have used the cycle as a curricular framework. The authors share their work within the writing curriculum, then move to the reading curriculum, and finally to rethinking curriculum as inquiry. They also discuss issues related to maintaining a community of inquirers.
The second half of the book contains more detailed descriptions of curricular engagements within the authoring cycle framework, such as authors folder, bookmaking, and readers theatre. These classroom strategies have already worked for hundreds of teachers, and Short, Harste, and Burke are at their practical best as they share them with you. Extensive samples of student work are included.
The ideas and experiences expressed in this volume are the result of a group of people who have worked together, thought together, and built from the work of others over time. Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers is a resource you will refer to again and again.
Visions of Literacy-Teachers as Kidwatchers, T. O'Keefe
The Authoring Cycle as a Curricular Framework for Writing-Getting Started: Establishing a Reading/Writing Classroom, K. M. Pierce
The Authoring Cycle as a Curricular Framework for Reading-Creating a Collaborative Environment, G. Kauffman
The Authoring Cycle as a Curricular Framework for Inquiry-When Teachers and Parents Inquire, K. Egawa
Maintaining a Community of Inquirers
Anomalies/Graffiti Board/Webbing What's on Your Mind - Authors Circle/Writing in the Round - Authors Folder/Reflection Portfolio - Authors Meeting Authors - Bookmaking- Classroom Newspapers and Magazines - Cloning an Author/Generating Written Discourse/Picture Setting/Schema Stories/Storyboards - Editors Table - Family Stories/Remember When Stories/Historical Family Stories/Scary Stories - Getting to Know You/Life Story Time Lines- Learning Logs/Personal Journals/Sketch Journals/Writer's Notebooks/Exit Cards - Literature Circles - Readers Theatre/Choral Reading/What Music Adds/Acting It Out - Save the Last Word for Me/Save the Last Word for the Artist - Say Something - Shared Reading/Group Composed Books/Twice Told Tales - Sketch to Stretch/Interwoven Tests/Song Maps - Text Sets/Paired Books/Book and Toy Sets - Written Conversation/Message Board/Pen Pals/Dialogue Journals - Visitors Corner