More Than 100 Ways to Learner-Centered Literacy / Edition 2

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Packed with stimulating activities and innovative strategies, this how-to book addresses all levels of learner-centered instruction and literacy.

More Than 100 Ways to Learner-Centered Literacy
provides a wealth of strategies that teachers can implement to design a literate environment, orchestrate student interactions, increase students' fluency and comprehension, and build the cognitive skills students will need for life-long learning. The revised edition:

  • Offers updated research
  • Addresses the current educational environment
  • Presents additional strategies and examples
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Editorial Reviews

Gayle Simoneaux
“Both new and veteran teachers who truly embrace learner-centered literacy in their classroom will find the material useful, practical, and inexpensive.”
Debbie Smith
"Gives lots of easy ways to incorporate literacy development into the classroom. The book's format makes itextremely easy to understand.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412957847
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Lipton is codirector of Mira Via, LLC, a publishing and development firm in Sherman, CT. Lipton is an international consultant whose writing, research, and seminars focus on effective and innovative instructional practices and building professional and organizational capacities for enhanced learning. She engages with schools and school districts, designing and conducting workshops on organizational development, learning-focused instruction, literacy development, and strategies to support beginning teachers. Lipton applies her extensive experience with adult learners to workshops and seminars conducted throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on such topics as learning-focused relationships, data-driven dialogue, teacher leadership, action research, and learning-focused mentoring. She is theauthor and coauthor of numerous publications related to organizational and professional development, learning-focused schools, and literacy development.

Deborah Hubble is an elementary school literacy coach in the Katy Independent School District, Houston. She also serves as a writer of monthly research abstracts for Effective Schools, a nationally acclaimed school reform organization. Her school-related passions include creating authentic literacy experiences for children, providing professional development in reading and writing workshop approaches, and supporting and educating stakeholders through organizational change and school reform. With experience as a special education teacher, district language arts coordinator, and elementary school librarian, Hubble has pursued an interest in learner-centered literacy for twenty years.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

About the Authors xi

Introduction 1

1 Designing a Literate Environment 11

Learning Language by Using It 13

1 Labels, Labels Everywhere 14

2 Where in the Room Is It? 15

3 Wordstrings 16

4 String'Em Up 18

5 Hang-Ups 19

6 Shoe Bag Classification 20

7 Word Ribbons 22

8 Class Mailbox 23

9 Message Center 24

10 Personal Word Banks 25

Building on Students'Experiences 27

11 Classroom Libraries 28

12 Mainly Menus 29

13 Taking Off With Advertising Flyers 31

14 Weekly Words 32

15 The Living Bulletin Board 33

Establishing Literacy Workstations 35

16 Workstation Rules 36

17 The Key to Knowledge 37

18 Housekeeping 38

19 Introducing the Writing Workstation 39

2 Orchestrating Student Interaction 41

Buddy Studies: Learning in Pairs 43

20 Turn to Your Neighbor and… 44

21 Level-of-Learning Reading Partners 45

22 Learning Partners 46

23 Paired Verbal Fluency 48

24 Learning-Partner Biographies 49

25 Summary Pairs 49

26 The King and Queen of Questions 50

Structuring Small Groups 52

27 Story Map Trios 53

28 Get the Point 54

29 Peer Revision: Learning Together 55

30 Peer Editing: Sharing Glows and Grows 56

Reading Conference: Flexible Student Grouping 58

31 Establishing the Climate 59

32 Student Preparation 60

33 Temperature Checking 61

34 Developing the Format 62

35 Flexible Groupings 63

36 Working One on One 65

3 Developing Fluent Comprehension 67

Developing Skills by Increasing Fluency 71

37 Choosing and Using Predictable Text 72

38 Innovations on Text 73

39 Toot! Toot! 74

40 Radio Reading 76

41 Say It Like the Character 77

42 Reader's Theater 78

43 Partners Predict 80

44 Opin 81

45 Word Splash 82

46 Say Something 83

Extending the Reading Experience 85

47 Figures of Speech 86

48 Create a Comic 87

49 Finding Common Ground 88

Integrating Instruction 90

50 Student-Selected Theme Topics 91

51 Civic Projects 92

52 Imagine If You Were… 94

4 Nurturing Lifelong Learners 97

Routines for Reading to, With, and by Children 99

53 Read Alouds 100

54 Familiarity Breeds Confidence: Shared Reading 101

55 We Are Readers: A Class Record 102

56 Sustained Silent Reading 104

57 Guided Reading 105

Writing Centers: Reading/Writing Connection 107

58 Readers' and Writers' Workshops 108

59 Purposeful Tasks 109

60 Published and Unpublished Work 110

61 Paths to Publication 111

Building a Community of Learners 113

62 Literature Clubs 114

63 Join the Chorus 116

64 Mine, Yours, and Ours 117

65 Writing Autobiographies 118

5 Assessing Student Growth 121

Kid-Watching in the Classroom 124

66 Anecdotal Records 125

67 A Nifty Notebook 126

68 Sticky Helpers 127

69 Individual Student Checklists 128

70 Class Checklists 129

71 Historical Checklists 131

72 Interviews 132

73 Open-Ended Questions 133

Student Portfolios 135

74 Crate'Em Up 136

75 Bulky Bundles 137

76 Portfolio Contents 138

77 Portfolio-Prompted Planning 139

78 Entry Slips 140

79 Autobiographies of Work 142

80 Biographies of Work 143

Exhibitions and Performance Tasks 145

81 Building In Authenticity 146

82 Anchors and Archetypes 149

83 Developing a Rubric 150

84 Exciting Exhibitions 153

6 Leading Learning-Focused Conversations: Strategies for Professional Development 155

Crafting the Container: Starting, Structuring, and Sustaining Thinking 159

85 Simple Stem Completions 160

86 T-Chart Opposites 160

87 3-2-1 161

88 Mindful Memorandum 162

89 Brainstorm and Pass 164

90 Problem-Solving Partnerships 165

91 Going Graphic 166

Learning-Focused Consultation 167

92 An Idea Menu 168

93 Make Your Thinking Transparent 169

94 Patterned Response: What, Why, How 169

95 The Big Idea 170

96 Categorically Speaking 171

97 Sharing Causal Theories 172

Inviting Thinking: A Sampler of Questions for Literacy Coaching 173

98 Questions for Planning 175

99 Questions for Reflecting 176

100 Questions to Stimulate Discussion 177

101 Metaphor and Invention 178

References and Further Readings 179

Index 183

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