Read, Discuss, and Learn: Using Literacy Groups to Student Advantage

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Literacy groups promote discussion and learning through the exploration of text, but many educators are hesitant to adopt them. For current and future secondary teachers, administrators, and curriculum directors, Read, Discuss, and Learn provides support and guidance so educators can confidently involve students within the learning process at a deep level. This is a practical resource guide that walks teachers through the use of literacy groups within their classrooms over a typical 365-day journey of secondary students. The author provides educators with the tools to think about literacy groups, to create literacy groups, and to design the best assessment to adequately evaluate students' comprehension and mastery of new content.

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Editorial Reviews

Here is a book written in a style that makes readers feel as though they are sitting at a coffee table with their peers and discussing how to teach literacy. It is conversational in tone, includes developmental steps, and focuses on practical applications. Fisher (adjunct instructor, Pasco-Hernando Community College) presents a systematic approach for introducing and sequencing the progress of literacy groups. She supports this approach with research and personal experience and promotes the use of literacy groups in all content areas and as tools for student motivation, teamwork, role responsibility, and learning. Student motivation often partners with the desire to interact socially while learning new things. Teamwork develops when students learn to cooperate with positive interaction skills and rely on one another to successfully complete assigned roles. Instructors can then use strategies outlined in the appendices to teach the necessary reading skills and concepts to assist students in becoming successful, independent critical readers. Assessment activities are included to assist teachers in evaluating student learning. Fisher's book on literacy group instruction will assist student learning in any content area. Summing Up: Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607094289
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa A. Fisher is an adjunct instructor for Pasco-Hernando Community College, where she teaches remedial reading courses for college-bound adults. She has been a reading teacher and then a reading coach at a middle school in Pasco County. She currently serves as a literacy coach at a high school.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

List of Tables ix

Foreword Cynthia Tehan xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Prologue xix

1 Introduction: Students' Voices Create Model Literacy Groups 1

2 Understanding Literacy Groups 13

3 Designing Literacy Groups 21

4 Student and Teacher Accountability 33

5 Differentiated Assessment 65

6 Getting the Last Word In 77


Appendix A Book List and Reading Schedule 93

Appendix B Question-Answer Relationship Cycle 99

Appendix C Visualizing Handout 101

Appendix D Character-Analysis Web 103

Appendix E Reading Schedule 105

Appendix F After-Reading-Project Rubrics 107

Appendix G Text-Review Form 117

Appendix H Student Survey 119

Appendix I Chapter 6 Additional Project Rubrics 121

Professional References 125

Literature References 129

About the Author 131

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