Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies That Engage the Brain

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According to experts in the field, reading and language arts skills are best acquired when students are actively engaged in their own learning. Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites focuses on brain-based literacy strategies for Grades K-12, structured around the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English standards. It contains more than 300 activities from hundreds of teachers, as well as the author's own classroom models. ...
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Overview

According to experts in the field, reading and language arts skills are best acquired when students are actively engaged in their own learning. Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites focuses on brain-based literacy strategies for Grades K-12, structured around the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English standards. It contains more than 300 activities from hundreds of teachers, as well as the author's own classroom models.

This practical resource is dedicated to literacy strategies that apply to the way students learn to read and read to learn. These hands-on techniques will help you teach reading in relevant, motivating, and engaging ways. The activities cover essential areas of literacy instruction, including: Phonemic awareness, Phonics and vocabulary instruction, Text comprehension, Reading authentically, widely, and strategically, Writing strategically, Creating, critiquing, and discussing texts, Conducting research, Using technological resources, Respecting diversity in language, Participating in literary communities, Using language to accomplish purposes.

Unless students are involved and actively engaged in learning, true learning rarely occurs. Invite your students to use their higher-level thinking skills, increase their comprehension, and make the learning their own!

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Editorial Reviews

Carrice Cummins
"Marcia Tate is concise and to the point. The activities are easy to incorporate and don't require teachers to add more to their already full plates. Teachers who are looking for educationally sound AND fun activities will love this book!"
Catherine Duffy
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this user-friendly book, and plan to share the activities with teachers working with struggling readers."
Myrna Hinson
"This book is wonderful. I wish I could have had it several years ago. The practical strategies, easily read format, organization of the book, and related research makes this book a must—especially for new elementary teachers."
Doctor - William T. Hammond
"In this collection of exquisitely teacher-friendly activities, Marcia Tate has extended the wonderful brain-based discussions that she set forth in her two previous books. Teachers will delight in using the creative and practical suggestions and activities here to teach the language arts. The 20 strategies presented here...provide teachers with a solid cadre of research-based activities which incorporate all eight levels of multiple intelligences and all four learning modalities. Teachers and students will find this collection filled with a variety of fun and practical approaches to instruction in the language arts which are classroom-tested and based on the most current research. "
Dr. William T. Hammond
"In this collection of exquisitely teacher-friendly activities, Marcia Tate has extended the wonderful brain-based discussions that she set forth in her two previous books. Teachers will delight in using the creative and practical suggestions and activities here to teach the language arts. The 20 strategies presented here...provide teachers with a solid cadre of research-based activities which incorporate all eight levels of multiple intelligences and all four learning modalities. Teachers and students will find this collection filled with a variety of fun and practical approaches to instruction in the language arts which are classroom-tested and based on the most current research."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452280301
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 160,711
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia L. Tate, Ed D, is the former executive director of professional development for the De Kalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia and has been presenting to adult audiences for more than 25 years. During her 30-year career with the school district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. She received the Distinguished Staff Development Award for the State of Georgia, and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 400,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of the following seven bestsellers: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones; Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain; Preparing Children for Success in School and in Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power; and Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; as well as Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain. Participants in her workshops refer to them as “some of the best ones they have ever experienced” since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University. Spelman College awarded her the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.

Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children, Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher, and is the doting grandmother of two granddaughters, Christian and Aidan Brooke, and three grandsons, Maxwell Connor, Aaron Bryan, and Roman Alexander.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Acknowledgments xxi
About the Author xxiii
Part I Reading Strategies 1
1 Phonemic Awareness 3
Relevant Research 4
Strategic Activities 6
Reflection and Application 13
2 Phonics Instruction 15
Relevant Research 16
Strategic Activities 18
Reflection and Application 27
3 Fluency 29
Relevant Research 30
Strategic Activities 32
Reflection and Application 37
4 Vocabulary Instruction 39
Relevant Research 40
Strategic Activities 42
Reflection and Application 56
5 Text Comprehension Instruction 57
Relevant Research 58
Strategic Activities 61
Reflection and Application 75
Part II Language Arts Strategies 77
6 Reading Authentically 79
Relevant Research 80
Strategic Activities 81
Reflection and Application 84
7 Reading Widely 85
Relevant Research 85
Strategic Activities 86
Reflection and Application 90
8 Reading Strategically 91
Relevant Research 92
Strategic Activities 93
Reflection and Application 98
9 Adjusting Language 99
Relevant Research 99
Strategic Activities 100
Reflection and Application 103
10 Writing Strategically 105
Relevant Research 106
Strategic Activities 107
Reflection and Application 110
11 Applying Knowledge of Language Structure 111
Relevant Research 112
Strategic Activities 113
Reflection and Application 116
12 Conducting Research 117
Relevant Research 117
Strategic Activities 119
Reflection and Application 122
13 Using Technological and Informational Resources 123
Relevant Research 124
Strategic Activities 125
Reflection and Application 127
14 Respecting Diversity in Language 129
Relevant Research 130
Strategic Activities 131
Reflection and Application 133
15 Developing Competency in English 135
Relevant Research 136
Strategic Activities 137
Reflection and Application 139
16 Participating in Literacy Communities 141
Relevant Research 142
Strategic Activities 143
Reflection and Application 146
17 Using Language to Accomplish Purpose 147
Relevant Research 148
Strategic Activities 148
Reflection and Application 151
Resource: Brain-Compatible Lesson Planning 153
Bibliography 159
Index 166
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