Teaching Reading Strategies in the School Library

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Walker and Shaw link the teaching of ten commonly taught reading strategies such as sequencing, compare and contrast, and prediction to picture book titles. Each chapter of the book provides a strategy, a graphic organizer to teach it with, and an in-depth modeled discussion of how to use the strategy with two or three books. Additionally, each chapter furnishes an annotated bibliography of other books that would lend themselves easily to the teaching of this strategy. Grades K-3.

The book is written particularly for the use of teacher librarians who are being asked to support actual reading instruction as part of the instructional program in their library media center (as opposed to the usual program of literary appreciation, reading motivation etc), but are not given long periods of time to work with students. These lessons are quick and self-contained. Each lesson comes with reproducible templates to make laminated graphic organizers that can be used again and again with various books to teach each of the ten strategies. Elementary teachers would also find this book useful.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
This well-organized book offers readily accessible reading strategies that librarians can teach while sharing favorite literature with K-3 students. Ten research-based techniques are organized into four topical chapters that focus on prediction, retelling, comparing/contrasting, and comprehension. Each chapter begins with an explanation of the strategy covered, a concise analysis of the many benefits students derive from learning it, followed by how-to instruction in clear, easy steps. The entries rely on largely graphic organizers and hands-on materials that can be copied and laminated. Each chapter includes two excellent titles and suggestions for using them. For example, in the one on understanding narrative sequence and retelling, Ken Brown's The Scarecrow's Hat and D. B. Johnson's Henry Builds a Cabin are used, along with graphic organizers in the form of a sequence flowchart and enlarged story text with a visual aid of the various narrative parts. The appendix lists over 100 recently published titles; and, at the end of each chapter, there is a list of 10 or so other stories that also fit the strategy. This is quick and easy, fast and fun support for reading skills.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591581208
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 1,497,012
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTINE WALKER is an elementary school library media specialist for the Olathe, Kansas, public schools.

SARAH SHAW is an elementary school library media specialist for the Olathe, Kansas, public schools.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Strategies 1
Ch. 2 Prediction word bank 11
Ch. 3 Character chart 25
Ch. 4 KWL chart 33
Ch. 5 Sequence 41
Ch. 6 Circular sequence story chart 55
Ch. 7 Goal structure map 63
Ch. 8 Story element map 77
Ch. 9 T-table 95
Ch. 10 Venn diagram 107
Ch. 11 Q.A.R. (question-answer relationship) 119
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