In her new book, bestselling author and professional developer
Carol Booth Olsen and colleagues show teachers how to help young readers and
writers construct meaning from and with texts. This practical resource offers a
rich array of research-based teaching strategies, activities and extended
lessons focused on the “thinking tools” employed by experienced readers and
writers. It shows teachers how to draw on the natural connections between
reading and writing, and how cognitive strategies can be embedded into the
teaching of narrative, informational and argumentative texts. Including
artefacts and written work produced by students across the year levels, the
authors connect the cognitive and affective domains for full student
engagement. Readers can use this book to:
- help students develop critical thinking
skills to meet state and national curriculum standards
- plan and set goals for literacy
- supplement existing English curricula with
teacher-tested strategies, activities and lessons
- design and implement engaging instruction
- develop a community of learners by
creating safe classroom spaces in which all students are encouraged to “think
- Web links throughout the text connect
readers to student samples, colour versions of resources, anchor charts,
videos, extended lesson plans and more!
- Lessons and activities for embedding cognitive strategy
instruction seamlessly into the classroom.
- A detailed look at the genres of
narrative, information and argument, including how to teach them from both a
reading and writing perspective.
- Classroom vignettes with National Writing
Project teachers who are conversant with the current research literature.