Personal Reading: How to Match Children to Books / Edition 1

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Building strong, independent reading in grades K-6 is one of the best ways to develop lifelong readers, and giving children options for free reading promotes personal ownership over literacy growth. In Personal Reading, Rona Flippo guides you through the process of aligning each student in your classroom with selections that are not only appropriate for them but whose content will excite them into opening new books.

Personal Reading shows you how to meet the motivations of each student, while avoiding pigeonholing children into a predetermined series of texts that may not address their individual interests and needs, nor foster independence. Flippo includes numerous reproducible forms that help teachers inventory children's favorite topics, curiosities, and purposes, as well as ideas for activities that engage learners in their own personal-reading development. With the help of Personal Reading you'll learn key strategies for matching children to books, including:

  • assessing children's prior reading knowledge
  • gauging students real interests, motivations, and purposes
  • differentiating books and instruction to match individual children
  • offering children a variety of genres
  • providing activities that build personal-reading momentum
  • getting parents, families, and communities involved.

The path to a lifetime of reading enjoyment begins in your classroom. Read Personal Reading, use its many "Try It Out" activities and practical forms, checklists, and tools. You'll find the right books for your students and make their first steps into a life of self-sustaining literacy positive ones.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325006673
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Rona Flippo has taught early childhood and elementary classrooms, as well as upper levels, and is currently a full professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Graduate College of Education. Her publications include over ninety articles in leading reading and education journals and numerous books, including the Heinemann titles What Do the Experts Say? (1999), Assessing Readers (2003), Texts and Tests (2004), and Personal Reading (2005). Rona is well known for her "Expert Study," and has been featured on educational television programs dealing with assessment, instruction, testing, studying, and literacy issues. She is active in professional literacy organizations and currently chairs IRA's Committee on Intellectual Freedom.
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Table of Contents

Understanding Personal Reading Current and New Interests Reading for Recreational Purposes Selection of Reading Materials Reading for Academic Purposes Reading for Practical Purposes Reading for Pleasure Culture, Family, and Community Connections Appendices: Professional References and Resources for Locating Children's Literature

Appendices: Children's Literature Suggestions and Examples

Appendices: Feelings, Beliefs, Motivation and Interest Inventories

Appendices: Parent, Family, and Community Connections


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