Growing Readers: Units of Study in the Primary Classroom / Edition 1

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Overview

Primary-grade teachers face an important challenge: teaching children how to read while enabling them to build good habits so they fall in love with reading. Many teachers find the independent reading workshop to be the component of reading instruction that meets this challenge because it makes it possible to teach the reading skills and strategies children need and guides them toward independence, intention, and joy as readers.

In Growing Readers, Kathy Collins helps teachers plan for independent reading workshops in their own classrooms. She describes the structure of the independent reading workshop and other components of a balanced literacy program that work together to ensure young students grow into strong, well-rounded readers. Kathy outlines a sequence of possible units of study for a yearlong curriculum. Chapters are devoted to the individual units of study and include a sample curriculum as well as examples of mini-lessons and reading conferences. There are also four “Getting Ready” sections that suggest some behind-the-scenes work teachers can do to prepare for the units. Topics explored in these units include:

  • print and comprehension strategies;
  • reading in genres such as poetry and nonfiction;
  • connecting in-school reading and out-of-school reading;
  • developing the strategies and habits of lifelong readers.

A series of planning sheets and management tips are presented throughout to help ensure smooth implementation.

We want our students to learn to read, and we want them to love to read. To do this we need to lay a foundation on which children build rich and purposeful reading lives that extend beyond the school day. The ideas found in Growing Readers create the kind of primary classrooms where that happens.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103734
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,491
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Creating classrooms for learners, thinkers, and talkers 1
2 Experiences in literacy throughout the day 14
3 Units of study in a primary reading workshop 43
Getting ready : setting the tone and the bottom lines 59
4 Readers build good habits 64
Getting ready : behind-the-scenes work 99
5 Readers use strategies to figure out words 114
Getting ready : talk amongst yourselves 139
6 Readers think of talk about books to grow ideas 151
Getting ready : finding reading mentors and setting up reading centers 189
7 Readers pursue their interests in books and other texts 197
8 Readers make plans for their reading lives 238
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    An Inspiring and Thoughtful Text

    In this well written, and easy to read book, Kathy Collins thoughtfully lays out an entire year of reading units, and weighs in on the importance of the independent reading workshop. She takes the practices of Debbie Miller 'The Queen of Strategies!' and countless others and presents them in a concise, organized way, where it almost seems too good to be true! If you are looking for guidance into what balanced literacy TRULY looks like, this is the book for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2008

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    I am ever so proud to find that your Love for reading has inspired You to reach out and share this desire and need with the youth of our world. With the correct encouragement,time and training any one of us is capable of great acheivement.Yes it's true 'A Day Without Reading Is Like A Day Without SUNSHINE'. I always knew you would do something grand LADY! Congrats to you Kathy. Sincerely Grayson B.

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