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  1. Teaching Words and How They Work: Small Changes for Big Vocabulary Results

    Research shows that vocabulary is the best support for students’ comprehension of narrative and information texts. Often, vocabulary instruction focuses on a few target words in specific texts. However, to understand the many new words in complex texts students need to know how words work. This book, written by an award-winning authority on reading instruction, shows teachers how to make small changes to teach more words and also how words work. Many of these small changes involve enrichments to existing vocabulary practices, such as word walls and conversations with students. Each chapter includes descriptions of teachers’ implementation of small changes to support big gains in students’ vocabulary. This book offers practical steps that F-8 teachers can use in any reading program.

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    A$39.95
  2. Fiction and Nonfiction: Language Arts Units for Gifted Students in Grade 4

    In Fiction and Nonfiction: Language Arts Units for Gifted Students in Grade 4, students will read an analyse short stories and write their own short story in the fiction unit. In the nonfiction unit, students will study nonfiction (and creative nonfiction) texts to examine how writers use many of the same devices to tell nonfiction stories. Students will read a variety of texts and will write their own memoirs. These units focus on critical literacy skills, including reading diverse content, understanding texts as reflections of culture, and finding bias in fiction and nonfiction.

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    A$42.95
  3. The Vocabulary Book, Second Edition: Learning and Instruction

    This expanded edition of the bestselling teaching resource incorporates the newest research in vocabulary learning and instruction into a complete and balanced program for all F-12 students, from those who struggle to those who excel. Literacy expert Michael Graves presents a four-pronged vocabulary program that he has developed and honed for over 30 years. The text includes theory, research-based strategies, vocabulary interventions, classroom examples, advice for working with English as an Additional Language or Dialect learners, discussion of next-generation standards and more. This book will appeal to reading and subject-area teachers, teacher educators and school, regional and state leaders.

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    A$35.95
  4. What Every Primary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests (From Someone Who Has Written Them)

    In What Every Primary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests, Fuhrken takes the mystery out of reading tests, explaining how reading tests are created, how standards are interpreted and assessed, and how students can apply their knowledge of reading to standardised tests. This book sets the record straight about the myths and realities of tests and offers extensive, practical strategies that help students perform well on test day. This ready-to-use, easy-to-understand resource provides a wealth of information about reading tests, including high-quality preparation materials, samples of the most frequently assessed types of reading standards and more than thirty engaging core-reading activities.

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    A$39.95
  5. Making Nonfiction from Scratch

    Do you have students whose nonfiction writing is formulaic, devoid of energy and voice? Skilled nonfiction writers draw on strategies, techniques and craft found in other genres: poetry, comedy, even mystery. Without those elements, nonfiction would be dry and dull. In Making Nonfiction from Scratch, professional development and children's book author Ralph Fletcher offers a candid critique of how nonfiction writing is often taught in schools and gives teachers the inspiration and strategies they need to help their students write authentic nonfiction. Ralph emphasises the power of choice, mentor texts and nonfiction read-alouds in making nonfiction an everyday part of classrooms.

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    A$29.95
  6. ASCD Arias Publication: The Power of Extreme Writing

    Are your students excited about writing? Do you want them to be? The traditional five-step writing process never explicitly teaches students to be fluent in their writing - to be able to write quickly on any topic. Extreme Writing targets precisely that with focused, daily writing sessions that provide students with consistent, long-term engagement. It is designed to appeal to students in Years 4-8, and - best of all - the approach involves little extra work for you. In The Power of Extreme Writing, author Diana Cruchley not only outlines the process but also describes what it looks like in the classroom, explain s how to assess student work and highlight more than a dozen unique inspirations that motivate students to write.

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    A$15.00
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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

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