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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Assessment in Perspective: Focusing on the Reader Behind the Numbers

    For the past decade, the focus on assessment - particularly via mandated tests - has shifted away from the classroom and left teachers feeling like they are drowning in data. Assessment is, and needs to be again, much more than a number. Assessment in Perspective is about moving beyond the numbers and using assessment to find the stories of our readers. This book helps teachers sort through the myriad of available assessments and use each to understand different facets of their readers. It discusses how to use a range of assessment types - from reading conference notes and student work to running records and state tests - together to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of a reader.

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    A$34.95
  12. A Close Look at Close Reading: Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Texts, Grades 6-12

    While middle years and secondary school teachers want and need students to connect with, analyse and learn from both literary and informational texts, many are unsure how to foster the skills students must have in order to develop deep and nuanced understanding of complicated content. Barbara Moss, Diane Lapp, Maria Grant and Kelly Johnson explain how to teach middle years and secondary school to be close readers, how to make close reading a habit of practice across the content areas and why doing so will build content knowledge. Equipping students with the tools and process of close reading sets them on the road to becoming analytical and critical thinkers - and empowered and independent learners. In this comprehensive resource, you'll find everything you need to start their journey.

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