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  1. QUICK-HANDBOOK Series

    The books in the QUICK series provide quick reference guides and handy tools for students in the areas of writing and mathematics. The books in the writing section comprise Quick-Word, Quick-Write and Quick-Spell, and between them offer word lists, summaries of the different types of writing and lists of writing ideas, as well as general information on the craft of writing and tips to make your students better writers all round. The books in the Quick-Maths series illustrate mathematical concepts with easily accessible, clearly organised sections replete with examples and explanations.

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    Starting at A$20.00

  2. ASCD Arias Series

    ASCD Arias publications provide concise answers to challenging questions that you need to solve today—in a convenient format that you can read in one sitting and immediately put into practice. They’re the next-generation, immediate-need resources for everyone committed to the success of each learner.

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    Starting at A$15.00

  3. Quick-Word: Phonics Handbook (Set of 5)

    For primary students, struggling readers and English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) learners, this important resource explores the relationship between letters and the speech sounds they represent. Using the Quick-Word Phonics Handbook, students will learn to recognise patterns that will help them read and pronounce more challenging words. Elements of speech featured in the Quick-Word Phonics Handbook include: consonants/consonant blends, consonant diagraphs, silent consonants, consonants and the f sound, short and long vowels, vowel dipthongs, r-controlled vowels and differing sound bites. The handbook also features a glossary that will helps student understand the key terms and symbols used in the handbook, as well as space for students to create their own word lists.

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    A$20.00
  4. Spelling K-8: Planning and Teaching

    Spelling K-8 meets the needs of schools and districts that want to put systematic teaching place without compromising the principles of constructivist learning. Recognising the professional expertise of classroom teachers, the authors consistently urge teachers to consider the suggested plan in relation to their children's spelling needs. Children are actively engaged in spelling explorations, being guided by their teachers, forming generalisations that reflect their current understanding about how written English works. Specific suggestions are also offered for children whose first language is not English. Spelling K-8 addresses the issues that administrators and parents are concerned about and offers teachers a wealth of strategies and resources to draw on.

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    A$39.95
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  5. The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment & Instruction

    CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary. The system includes goal-setting with students, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small-group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals and focusing whole-class instruction on emerging student needs. The CAFE system does not require expensive materials, complicated training or complete changes to current classroom literacy approaches. Rather, it provides a structure for conferring with students, a language for talking about reading development and a system for tracking growth and fostering student independence. The CAFE system's built-in flexibility lets teachers tailor the system to reflect the needs of their students and their curriculum standards.

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    A$39.95
  6. Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary

    Word Nerds takes you inside classrooms in a high-poverty urban school and shows how two teachers implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves students' word knowledge and confidence, enhances classroom community and increases achievement. With support from literacy specialist Brenda Overturf, Montgomery and Smith have developed a five-part plan that teaches all students to learn and love vocabulary. This easy-to-read reference explains how to plan, teach and assess based on the latest research in vocabulary instruction and learning. From prediction to practice to performance, students from all backgrounds can discover how to make words their own. After incorporating this vocabulary plan into your daily instruction, you and your students can become words nerds, too!

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    A$34.95
  7. 59 Reasons to Write: Mini-Lessons, Prompts, and Inspiration for Teachers

    In order to teach writing effectively, teacher must be writers themselves. Only by engaging in the real work of writing can teachers become part of the writing community they dream of creating for their students. Kate Messner's new book, 59 Reasons to Write, shows teachers and librarians who teach writing how to be stronger role models for their students. Throughout the book she offers mini-lessons, writing prompts and bursts of inspiration designed to get you writing every day, whether on your own or as part of a group. Dozens of guest authors also share their writing processes and secrets, from brainstorming ideas and organising research to developing characters and getting unstuck from writer's block.

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    A$39.95
  8. Worth Writing About: Exploring Memoir with Adolescents

    'Who am I?' In Worth Writing About: Exploring Memoir with Adolescents, Wizner addresses how searching for the answer to this question leads his students to reflection, to reading and to deeper, more meaningful writing. Worth Writing About addresses the most common challenges teachers face when teaching memoir writing: How do you help students who say that nothing interesting has happened in their lives? How do you help students balance what is meaningful with what is too personal to share? How do you help students overcome the 'I don't remember' syndrome? The memoir unit gets kids to write about real stuff - the things that matter to them. In the process they learn more about themselves, their relationships, the way they view the world and how they want to move forward into the future.

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    A$35.95
  9. The Construction Zone: Building Scaffolds for Readers and Writers

    Instructional scaffolding is an essential part of teaching literacy. But what is scaffolding exactly? In essence, scaffolding is the support of students as they build independence. In The Construction Zone, Terry Thompson identifies four critical processes to deepen your understanding and improve your practice of instructional scaffolding. Thompson encourages teachers to enhance their use of the traditional gradual release process through five actionable steps: shows, share, support, sustain and survey, and in doing so provides procedures and techniques to help them establish and maintain strong scaffolds throughout the instructional day. Thompson urges educators to fully embrace their role in the scaffolding process while staying mindful of the effect it has on students.

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    A$39.95
  10. Adventures in Graphica: Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Teach Comprehension, 2-6

    Comic books and graphic novels, known collectively as 'graphica', have long been popular with teenagers and adults. Recently, graphica has grown in popularity with younger readers as well, motivating and engaging reluctant readers who often shun traditional texts. While some teachers have become curious about graphica's potential, many remain confused by the number of new titles and series available and unsure of its suitability and function in their classrooms. Drawing on recent research and his own success using graphica with primary readers, literacy coach Terry Thompson helps teachers navigate this medium and shows how teaching with graphica fits into literacy frameworks and correlates with best practices in comprehension, vocabulary and fluency instruction.

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    A$39.95
  11. Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts

    In Write Like This, Gallagher emphasises real-world writing purposes, the kind of writing he wants his students to be doing twenty years from now. Each chapter focuses on a specific discourse: express and reflect, inform and explain, evaluate and judge, inquire and explore, analyse and interpret and take a stand/propose a solution. In teaching these lessons, Kelly provides mentor texts, student writing samples and numerous assignments and strategies proven to elevate student writing. By helping teachers bring effective modelling practices into their classrooms, Write Like This enables students to become better adolescent writers. More important, the practices found in this book will help our students develop the writing skills they will need to become adult writers in the real world.

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    A$39.95
  12. Doing Literary Criticism: Helping Students Engage with Challenging Texts

    One of the greatest challenges for English teachers today is the call to engage student in more complex texts. Tim Gillespie, who has taught in public schools for almost four decades, has found the lenses of literacy criticism a powerful tool for helping students tackle challenging literary texts. Doing Literary Criticism gives each theory its own chapter with a brief, teacher-friendly overview and a history of the approach, along with an in-depth discussion of its benefits and limitations. Each chapter also includes ideas for classroom practices and activities. Using stories from his own English classes Tim provides a wealth of specific classroom-tested suggestions for discussion, essay and research topics, recommended texts, exam questions and more.

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