READING AND WRITING IN MIDDLE YRS

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This comprehensive book is a no-nonsense exploration of the latest and most successful approaches to teaching reading and writing to students in grades four to eight. Students in these middle school years are already reading and writing but they need help in continuing to develop their literacy strategies and in constructing meaning with a variety of resources.
      The book begins with the basic information teachers need for understanding the ...

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Overview

This comprehensive book is a no-nonsense exploration of the latest and most successful approaches to teaching reading and writing to students in grades four to eight. Students in these middle school years are already reading and writing but they need help in continuing to develop their literacy strategies and in constructing meaning with a variety of resources.
      The book begins with the basic information teachers need for understanding the reading and writing processes, and offers techniques for making literacy events meaningful to these growing students. It presents a thorough overview of the many learning strategies students will need to acquire in the middle years, with tips for implementing them in all subjects in every classroom. This remarkable book includes novel ways to make connections to print texts and the students' world. Teachers will also find practical suggestions for expanding and monitoring comprehension, and designing instructional frameworks for supporting these developing readers and writers. Teachers will learn how to model and demonstrate reading and writing strategies, conduct mini lessons, and confer with students.
      Because students at this level are reading more and more in the content areas, the book includes suggestions for making all forms of nonfiction more meaningful for them. These students are beginning to explore their own identities and the book offers opportunities for helping them to write down the stories from their own lives, make informed opinions, and correspond with others. Rubrics, assessment checklists and a targeted book list complement this accessible resource.
      As students are faced with more reading, writing and thinking challenges, they will need support from knowledgeable and informed teachers, and this book demonstrates how reading and writing strategies can form the basis for continued learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103444
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
1 Readers and Writers in the Middle Years 7
Teaching Reading 10
Teaching Writing 16
2 Reading Strategies 19
Thinking as We Read 20
Preparing to Read 41
Monitoring Comprehension during Reading 44
Responding to Text: Deepening and Extending Comprehension 52
Selecting Appropriate Books 65
3 Writing Strategies 73
Generating Ideas for Independent Writing 74
Keeping a Writer's Notebook 74
Revising the Writing 77
Editing the Writing 79
Publishing the Writing 80
Selecting Patterns for Writing 81
Writing in Different Genres 84
Curriculum Connections 104
Planning, Researching and Writing Projects 106
Building Language Power 113
4 Strategies for Teaching 119
Developing a Framework for Literacy 119
Demonstrating Reading and Writing Strategies 125
Conducting Mini-lessons 126
Conferring with Students 127
Grouping Readers and Writers for Continuous Learning 128
Sharing the Reading 129
Guided Reading Instruction 135
Literature Groups and Book Clubs 137
Reading Independently 140
The Writing Workshop 142
The Writing Conference 146
Building Word Power 148
Supporting Special Needs Students 150
Assessment and Evaluation 151
Self-Assessment Guides 155
Bibliography 167
Index 173
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