What If and Why?: Literacy Invitations for Multilingual Classrooms / Edition 1

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Overview

Wouldn't it be great if you could create learning opportunities flexible enough to attend to each child's needs equally while making the most of the diverse resources, skills, and backgrounds each child brings to school?

Now you can.

In What If and Why? Katie Van Sluys offers a framework for building critical reading, and writing skills in multilingual classrooms. Through rigorous group projects called invitations, elementary students, including English language learners, are invited to investigate topics of their choice, developing language skills through inquiry processes like researching, reporting, and presenting, as well as through language-based artistic and technological media. As children mine the seemingly simple question at the heart of their invitations, they engage with the increasing complexity of the subject, deepen their critical-literacy abilities, and cultivate a community where respect and risk taking are valued.

Van Sluys offers fifteen field-tested, cross-curricular invitations that you can add to your lesson plans right away or, better yet, use as a template for creating your own invitations. In addition, she goes inside the process, describing real classrooms that show not only the wonderful things students are capable of doing during invitations, but also what you can do to help them make the most of the experience.

Whether you're new to multilingual settings or whether you're a veteran looking for a fresh, new way to nurture students' growth, take an invitation from Katie Van Sluys. Read What If and Why? and discover for yourself a powerful approach to expanding the literacy practices of all students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325007328
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/8/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Katie Van Sluys is an assistant professor at DePaul University and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy education and teacher inquiry. She also works with elementary communities, focusing on what it means to be literate in today's world. Her teaching and research address critical literacy and classroom curriculum, multilingual classroom communities, teacher inquiry, and collaborative teacher education.
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Table of Contents

Introduction What Are Invitations? Joining the Critical Literacy Club Setting Up Invitations Identifying Issues, Themes, and Ideas Selecting Supportive Materials Teaching Inquiry Through Strategy Lessons Teaching in the Moment Keeping Track and Moving Forward Conclusion

References

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