Pathways to Independence: Reading, Writing, and Learning in Grades 3-8 / Edition 1

Pathways to Independence: Reading, Writing, and Learning in Grades 3-8 / Edition 1

by Jo Worthy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1572306475

ISBN-13: 9781572306479

Pub. Date: 04/20/2001

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

This comprehensive text presents a core of research-based approaches to engaging, effective literacy instruction in the middle grades. Methods and materials are described to foster reading skills, content mastery, and writing in different formats and for different purposes. The authors emphasize the need to tailor instruction to the needs, strengths, skill levels, and…  See more details below

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This comprehensive text presents a core of research-based approaches to engaging, effective literacy instruction in the middle grades. Methods and materials are described to foster reading skills, content mastery, and writing in different formats and for different purposes. The authors emphasize the need to tailor instruction to the needs, strengths, skill levels, and interests of diverse students. They offer recommendations for reading lists that incorporate critically acclaimed fiction and nonfiction, popular series books, and other student-friendly materials. Special features include case studies, examples of teaching and assessment activities, and commentary from middle-school teachers and students. Appendices contain reproducible forms and lists of recommended reading materials and resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572306479
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/20/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction: Understanding Students in the Middle Grades (Grade 3-8)
Personal and Social Issues that Affect Education for Students in the Middle Grades
A Guide to This Book
I. Getting Ready for the School Year: Assessment and Materials
1. Assessment: Getting to Know Students as People and Learners
What Is Assessment and Why Is It Important
Getting to Know Students as People
Getting to Know Students as Learners
Issues in Choosing Appropriate Books
Analyzing Students' Reading
Continual Assessments during Classroom Instruction
2. What Students Read and How to Get It
Building a Classroom Collection to Support Learning and Engagement
Other Important Featuers of a Well-Balanced Classroom Collection
Books That "Fit": Guiding Students in Choosing Appropriate Books
The Hardest Part: Acquiring Materials for Classroom Collections
II. Reading and Writing Instruction
3. Reading Aloud to Students
Why Read Aloud in the Middle Grades?
Exposing Students to a Variety of Topics and Genres by Reading Aloud
Promoting Engagement in Reading through Reading Aloud
Giving Students Access to Materials They Cannot Yet Read on Their Own
Creating a Context for Sharing Expertise about Reading and Writing
Providing Opportunities for Personal Response, Discussion, and Inquiry
Making Time for Reading Aloud
4. Just Reading
Why Prioritize Independent, Self-Selected Reading?
The Importance of Self-Selection: What Students Read on their Own
What Teachers Do during Reading Time: Supporting, Teaching, and Assessing
5. Building Reading Fluency
What Is Fluency and Why Is It Important?
Elementary and Middle School Classrooms That Foster Reading Fluency
Why Some Students Don't Develop Adequate Fluency
Traditional Fluency Instruction
Purposeful Instruction That Targets Fluency Development
Assessing Fluency
Epilogue
6. Guiding Students to Read as Writers
Tapping Personal Experience as a Source for Writing
Thinking as an Author: Using Models from Literature
Engagement and Writing: Developing Independence
7. Exploring Words
Encouraging Language Play
When Do I Teach Grammar?
What about Spelling?
Using Students' Knowledge about Words to Guide Instruction
8. Guiding Students to Act as Researchers
Why Focus on Research?
Learning about the Research Process
Setting UP Clear Steps for Research and the Writing Process
Revisiting the Topic of Engagement in Research
9. Tailoring Instruction for Individual Students
Meeting Students' Needs in the Regular Instructional Program
Extra Assistance for Students Who Struggle
Current Views on Students Who Struggle in Literacy
School Programs for Students Who Struggle in Literacy
Instruction in Remedial and Special Education Programs
What Kinds of Instruction Do Struggling Learners Need?
A Plan for Meeting the Needs of Struggling Learners
Exploring Options for Additional Assistance
Learning More about Helping Struggling Learners
APPENDICES
Appendix A. Graphic Organizers for Reading and Writing
A.1. Expository Writing: Sequence Chart
A.2. Expository Writing: Cause and Effect
A.3. Expository Writing: Description
A.4. Expository Writing: Problem and Solution
A.5. Expository Writing: Comparison
A.6. Narrative Writing
A.7. Concept Web
A.8. Persuasive Writing: Editorial
Appendix B. Forms and Record Keeping
B.1. Project Checklist for a Simulated Journal
B.2. Content Editing Checklist for Narrative Writing
B.3. Blank Content Editing Checklist
B.4. Mechanics Editing Checklist for Narrative Writing
B.5. Blank Mechanics Editing Checklist
B.6. Evaluation Form for Content Area Poetry Collection: Free Verse
B.7. Blank Evaluation Form
B.8. Interview for the First Day of School
B.9. Reading Attitudes Survey
B.10. Reading Preference Survey
B.11. Reading and Writing Habits Survey
Appendix C. Literature for Children and Adolescents
C. 1. Poetry
C.2. Picture Book Sets: Literary Analysis and Teaching Writing
C.3. Short Chapter Books and Short Stories
C.4. Text Sets for Thematic Studies
C.5. Nonfiction Models for Teaching Expository Writing
C.6. Diversity in Realistic Fiction
Appendix D. Resources for Teaching Reading and Writing
D.1. Professional Resources for Teachers
D.2. Professional Journals
D.3. Magazines for Children and Young Adults
D.4. Resources on the World Wide Web
Appendix E. Charles: A Case Study of a Less Skilled Reader in the Middle Grades

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