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Independent Reading: Practical Strategies for Grades K-3

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This indispensable book shows how to incorporate independent reading into daily literacy instruction in the primary grades. Provided are class-tested strategies for engaging students in independent reading; creating and organizing the classroom library; developing mini-lessons and different kinds of reading routines; supporting struggling readers; monitoring and assessing independent reading; and promoting reading at home. Helpful reproducibles are included. From a team of highly regarded educators, this is a ...

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Overview

This indispensable book shows how to incorporate independent reading into daily literacy instruction in the primary grades. Provided are class-tested strategies for engaging students in independent reading; creating and organizing the classroom library; developing mini-lessons and different kinds of reading routines; supporting struggling readers; monitoring and assessing independent reading; and promoting reading at home. Helpful reproducibles are included. From a team of highly regarded educators, this is a wise and user-friendly resource that teachers can immediately put to use in the classroom.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a valuable resource that should be in the hands of educators looking for tools and strategies to successfully implement independent reading in school and improve students' access to books. The authors have achieved just the right balance of practical examples and research-based information."--Jodi Dodds Kinner, MEd, Director of Elementary Literacy, Chicago Public Schools

"A 'must read' for teachers and preservice candidates. The book describes how to incorporate independent reading and the joy of reading self-selected texts into a balanced literacy program. The chapter on assessment and monitoring issues will become required reading in my undergraduate reading methods course."--Kimberly McDowell, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Wichita State University

"An amazing primer on solid, effective reading instruction. It provides the framework and justification for instructional practice that acknowledges the value of reading when learning to read. This book will have significant value for a broad audience, including inservice and preservice teachers, curriculum developers, and administrators. If I were asked to recommend one book on how to teach reading, this would be my pick."--Bonnie C. Wilkerson, EdD, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (retired), Northbrook School District 27, Northbrook, Illinois

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Everyone who loves reading understands that it is much more than a skill. Rather, it is also a passion. Developing that passion in beginning readers is an accomplishment that teachers strive to achieve, sometimes successfully and sometimes not. This wonderful and practical book gives entry-level and veteran teachers alike a host of solid ideas for accomplishing that goal. Part of the "Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy" series, this book provides a framework and justification for incorporating independent reading into the daily routine in primary grade classrooms. Topics include strategies for getting readers engaged in reading, suggestions for arranging a classroom library, advice on developing different reading routines for different readers, help for struggling readers, and suggestions for promoting reading at home. There is a terrific list of professional development ideas included as an appendix, as well as a lengthy bibliography and an index. The book publisher indicates that many of the forms in the book are available on the website in a reproducible format for classroom use. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
From the Publisher
"This is a valuable resource that should be in the hands of educators looking for tools and strategies to successfully implement independent reading in school and improve students' access to books. The authors have achieved just the right balance of practical examples and research-based information."—Jodi Dodds Kinner, MEd, Director of Elementary Literacy, Chicago Public Schools

"A 'must read' for teachers and preservice candidates. The book describes how to incorporate independent reading and the joy of reading self-selected texts into a balanced literacy program. The chapter on assessment and monitoring issues will become required reading in my undergraduate reading methods course."—Kimberly McDowell, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Wichita State University

"An amazing primer on solid, effective reading instruction. It provides the framework and justification for instructional practice that acknowledges the value of reading when learning to read. This book will have significant value for a broad audience, including inservice and preservice teachers, curriculum developers, and administrators. If I were asked to recommend one book on how to teach reading, this would be my pick."—Bonnie C. Wilkerson, EdD, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (retired), Northbrook School District 27, Northbrook, Illinois

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606230251
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/22/2008
  • Series: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,176,718
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise N. Morgan, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She teaches and writes about reading and writing instruction, professional development, and literacy coaching.

Maryann Mraz, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is the author of numerous books, articles, chapters, and instructional materials related to literacy education. Dr. Mraz’s professional interests include literacy coaching, the professional development of teachers, and content-area literacy.

Nancy D. Padak, EdD, is Distinguished Professor of Education at Kent State University, where she directs the Reading and Writing Center and works with the Ohio Literacy Resource Center. She has written and coauthored numerous books and articles related to literacy education. A former coeditor of The Reading Teacher and the Journal of Literacy Research, Dr. Padak is also a past president of the College Reading Association.

Timothy Rasinski, PhD, is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Kent State University, where he also helps direct the university’s award-winning reading clinic for struggling readers. He has written and edited numerous books and professional articles on reading education. Dr. Rasinski has served as coeditor of The Reading Teacher and the Journal of Literacy Research. A past president of the College Reading Association, he recently served a term on the board of directors of the International Reading Association.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Learning to Read by Reading

2. Independent Reading in Schools

3. Managing Independent Reading Programs

4. Ways to Read

5. Creating Classroom Libraries

6. Independent Reading and Students with Special Issues

7. Assessment and Monitoring Issues in Independent Reading

8. Family Literacy: Reading Together at Home

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