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Readers Writing: Lessons for Responding to Narrative and Informational Text

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Readers Writing offers 91 practical lessons that show
teachers how students of all ability levels can use reader's notebooks to think
critically, on their own, one step at a time. Each of the lessons uses a
fiction or nonfiction book to address a comprehension strategy by showing
students one specific way they can write about their thinking. Each lesson also
provides an example of how to model the strategy. Each lesson follows a similar
format and include time for students to actively process what they learn by
talking about and trying out the strategy in their reader's notebooks. Readers
Writing gives teachers a way to engage all children with reader's notebooks, to
learn the language of thinking, one strategy at a time, and to become lifelong
readers who can think and write on their own.

When faced with a blank page in their reader’s notebooks, students often fall back on what is familiar: summarising. Despite our best efforts to model through comprehension strategies what good readers do, many students struggle to transfer their knowledge and make it their own when writing independently about books.

In Readers Writing, Elizabeth Hale offers ninety-one practical lessons that show teachers how students of all ability levels can use reader’s notebooks to think critically, on their own, one step at a time. Each of the lessons uses a fiction or nonfiction book to address a comprehension strategy – questioning, connecting, analysing, synthesising, evaluating, visualising or monitoring – by showing students one specific way they can write about their thinking. Each lesson also provides an example of how to model the strategy. All of the lessons follow a similar format with five components – Name It, Who Do It?, Model It, Try It and Share It – and include time for students to actively process what they learn by talking about and trying out the strategy in their reader’s notebooks.

Elizabeth also provides suggestions for supporting student independence, managing independent writing time and scaffolding comprehension of nonfiction texts, as well as assessing and conferencing with reader’s notebooks. Helpful appendices include a list of additional titles that can be used to demonstrate each of the ninety-one strategies.

Readers Writing gives teachers a way to engage all children with reader’s notebooks, to learn the language of thinking, one strategy at a time, and to become lifelong readers who can think and write critically on their own.

  • Elizabeth Hale

    Elizabeth Hale

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Additional Information

SKU SHP2793
ISBN 9781760562793
Publish date 18/12/2017
ascd video No