Unison Reading: Socially Inclusive Group Instruction for Equity and Achievement

Unison Reading: Socially Inclusive Group Instruction for Equity and Achievement

by Cynthia McCallister

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Unison Reading: Socially Inclusive Group Instruction for Equity and Achievement by Cynthia McCallister

Unison Reading engages students as they read content aloud in small, diverse groups. Results include increased equity, social engagement, collaborative learning, and student achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452239484
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/04/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Cynthia McCallister is the creator of Unison Reading, a method for group reading instruction that conceives of reading first and foremost as a form of social activity through which particular skills and competencies develop. Cynthia developed Unison Reading over two decades in her roles as a teacher-practitioner and a scholar. During her early professional life as a teacher of young children, Cynthia became intrigued by how readily children mastered reading and writing in the context of activities that made literacy engaging and playful. And throughout her experiences as a mother of three children in New York City public schools, a K-5 teacher (in rural Maine and New York City), a teacher educator, staff developer, and school reformer with extensive involvement in a wide range of culturally- and linguistically-diverse Pre-K-8 schools, Cynthia has come to understand that learning for every child depends on engagement, curiosity, a personal commitment to the objects of learning, and an opportunity to acquire new ideas in the company of others.

Cynthia is Associate Professor at New York University where she is founding Director of the program in Literacy Education. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Maine in 1995.

Table of Contents

Foreword by David R. Olson
About This Book
About the Author
1. What is Unison Reading? The Method
Unison Reading: A Pedagogical Revolution
The Unison Reading Method
The Unison Reading Record
Children's Self-Responsibility and Accountability
Getting Started With Unison Reading
Conclusion: "Chew Food Taste Better"
2. Unison Reading as a Program of Instruction: Classroom Implementation
Unison Reading: Principles for Practice
Classroom Implementation
Summarizing Procedures for Implementation
Conclusion: The Paradox of Rules
3. Distinctions and Differences: How Unison Reading Breaks the Mold
The Aims of Reading
Group Reading Instruction: Traditions and Conventions
Redefining Reading Instruction: Unison Reading as a New Space for Learning
An Examination of Unison Reading Principles
A Pedagogy for Reading
4. "A Seat at the Table": How Unison Reading Supports Every Child
Raising Strong Readers From the Start: Unison Reading in Kindergarten and First Grade
Unison Reading in Content Areas: Maximizing Learning in Middle School
English Language Learners and the Pull of a "Cool" Text
Re-Engaging Reluctant and Avoidant Adolescent Readers
Re-Entry: Mainstreaming Students With Special Needs Into the General Education Classroom
Unison Reading Is Good for Everybody: The Advantages of Diverse Learning Groups
"Unison Reading Makes Teachers Reading Teachers": What We Ourselves Can Learn at the Table
5. Conclusion: Unison Reading as Consciousness Raising
A Concluding Story: Unison Reading at the Jacob Riis School Conclusion
Afterword by Edmund W. Gordon
Appendix A. Forms
Appendix B. Forms

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