Featuring vivid examples and lesson plans, this book helps K-8 teachers reflect on and improve the ways talk is used in their classrooms. The authors explain the important role of skillful "teacher talk" in effective, motivating literacy instruction geared to the Common Core standards. Presented are clear-cut ways to help students set explicit goals for their learning; explain and model key strategies; and provide ongoing feedback. Over a dozen easy-to-implement lessons in vocabulary, comprehension, and writing are complete with how-to-do-it instructions, classroom vignettes, text suggestions, and reproducible worksheets. The large-size format facilitates photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
About the Author
Jeanne R. Paratore, EdD, is Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Reading Education and Literacy and Language Education Programs at Boston University. She is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and Title I director. Dr. Paratore is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame and a recipient of the New England Reading Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and the International Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award. She has conducted research and published widely on issues related to family literacy, classroom grouping practices, and interventions for struggling readers. She is also a coauthor of one of the nation's leading reading programs, Reading Street.
Dana A. Robertson, EdD, is Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at the University of Wyoming. He is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. Dr. Robertson was a featured teacher in the video series Teaching Reading, 3-5, produced by WGBH Television and the Annenberg Foundation. His research and publications focus on teacher talk, comprehension strategies instruction, and teacher professional development.
Table of Contents
I. Vocabulary Instruction: Talking the Talk!
Lesson 1. Directly Teaching Word Meanings
Lesson 2. Inferring Word Meaning through Context
Lesson 3. Using Morphemes to Understand Word Meanings
II. Comprehension Instruction: Talking the Talk!
Lesson 4. Visualizing
Lesson 5. Making Inferences
Lesson 6. Determining What's Important
Lesson 7. Making Predictions
Lesson 8. Making Connections
Lesson 9. Summarizing
Lesson 10. Close Reading
III. Writing Instruction: Talking the Talk!
Lesson 11. Planning to Write an Argument
Lesson 12. Drafting a Research Report
Lesson 13. Writing to Learn
Appendix A. Lesson Template
Appendix B. Reflecting on Your Own Talk
Appendix C. Some Examples of Reflecting on Your Own Talk
Appendix D. Children's Literature That Supports Visualization
Appendix E. Children's Literature That Supports Making Inferences
K-8 teachers, reading specialists, and coaches; staff developers; teacher educators and graduate students. May serve as a supplemental text in elementary reading methods courses.