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What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, Grades 3-8: Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide

What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, Grades 3-8: Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide

by Gravity Goldberg, Renee W. Houser
What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, Grades 3-8: Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide

What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, Grades 3-8: Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide

by Gravity Goldberg, Renee W. Houser


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Streamline formative assessment for readers in just minutes a day. With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, learn how to move your students forward in their reading with this 4-step process—lean in, listen to students’ talk about books, look at their writing about reading, and then make teaching decisions based on what they′ve conquered and what challenges they need to take on next.

This practical approach shows you how to notice when readers are doing mostly literal, "right there" on the page thinking; when they are doing "over-time" synthesizing across a text; and when they are ready to kick into high gear and connect ideas across texts and real word themes.

The authors provide next-step resources for whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one instruction, including:

  • Tips for what to look for and listen for in reading notebook entries and conversations about books
  • Reproducible Clipboard Notes pages that help you decide whether to reinforce a current type of thinking, teach a new type of thinking, or apply a current type of thinking to a new text
  • More than 30 lessons on understanding characters and themes, meaningful note taking, strategy use, and more
  •  Reading notebook entries and sample classroom conversations to use as benchmarks 
  • Strategies for deepening the three most prevalent types of thinking about characters: Right-Now Thinking (on the page), Over-Time Thinking (across a picture book, a chapter, or a novel), or Refining Thinking (nuanced connections across text and life themes)
  • Strategies for deepening the three most useful types of thinking—frames, patterns, lessons learned—about themes
  • Online video clips of Renee and Gravity teaching, conferring, and discussing what fiction readers need to do next

With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, discover how to move your readers forward with in-class, actionable formative assessment. Your readers are showing you what they need next—lean in, listen, look, assess.

"Goldberg and Houser – both former staff developers at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project – have perfectly combined theory and practice to help teachers put students first in their decision-making process. Best of all, they’ve provided the tools necessary to assist teachers in making those decisions become a reality right away."
— Reviewed by Pam Hamilton for MiddleWeb

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506392080
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/23/2017
Series: Corwin Literacy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
File size: 38 MB
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About the Author

Gravity Goldberg is an international educational consultant and author of five other books on teaching. Mindsets & Moves (Corwin Literacy, 2015) put her on the world stage with its practical ways to cultivate student agency, leading to speaking engagements and foreign translations of her work. She has almost 20 years of teaching experience, including positions as a science teacher, reading specialist, third grade teacher, special educator, literacy coach, staff developer, assistant professor, educational consultant, and yoga teacher. Gravity holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Boston College and a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently serves as a coach for Seth Godin's altMBA and is the founding director of Gravity Goldberg, LLC, a team that provides side-by-side coaching for teachers.

RENEE HOUSER is co-founder of Growing Educators, which provides customized professional development to schools in the Los Angeles, California, area. She holds a Masters in Education from Old Dominion University and a Masters in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University.  A former staff developer at Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Columbia, University, Renee says it was her years teaching at PS 126 in New York City that most shaped her vision of student-centered teaching and collaborative professional learning.

Table of Contents

A Quick-Start Guide for Easy Access
Chapter 1: Each Classroom Moment Is an Instructional Decision
Acting Without a Script: Embracing Our Role as Improvisers
Answering the “What Next?” Question
Intentional Teaching: Decision Making With Students at the Center
Self-Reflection Questionnaire: What Type of Decision Maker Are You?
Decision-Making Styles
Three Common Teaching Habits
Let Students Be Your Guide
Getting Started: An Action Plan
Chapter 2: Decisions About Book Selection
Making a Choice to Read Aloud a Fiction Text
Thin-Slicing Fiction Texts
Picture Books and Wordless Books
Short Story Collections
Graphic Novels
Ways to Engage Students in Fiction Read Alouds
Chapter 3: Decisions About Reading Notebooks
Why We Really Use Writing as a Tool for Understanding
Current Reality: Why Students Write About Reading in School
Lessons That Wake Up Writing About Reading
How to Collect Thinking in Notebook Entries
Self-Reflection Questionnaire: Reading Notebooks
What We Might Let Go of When Asking Students to Write About Reading
Reading Notebooks: An Action Plan
Chapter 4: Decisions About Discussion
The Benefits: Finding What’s True for Us in Texts and Life
Teach Students to Have Meaningful Conversations
Making Decisions Based on Student Conversations
Effective Fiction Conversation Characteristics
Moves for Analyzing Text in Diverse Ways
Self-Reflection Questionnaire: Student Conversations
What We Might Let Go of When Asking Students to Talk About Their Reading
Authentic Fiction Discussions: An Action Plan
Chapter 5: Decisions About Understanding Characters
Why Understanding Characters Is So Important
What Other Reading Skills Fit With Understanding Characters?
What to Look for When Students Study Characters
Thin-Slicing Students’ Thinking About Characters
Decide What to Teach Next
Studying More Than One Character
Harnessing the Power of Partnerships and Book Clubs
Understanding Characters: An Action Plan
Chapter 6: Decisions About Interpreting Themes
Why Interpreting Themes Is Important
What Other Reading Skills Fit With Interpreting Themes?
What to Look for When Students Interpret Themes
Decide What to Teach Next
Interpreting Themes in Multiple Texts
Interpreting Themes: An Action Plan
Chapter 7: Becoming Confident and Intentional Decision Makers
Appendix A. Fiction Book Rating System
Appendix B. Some Favorite Fiction Texts
Appendix C. Clipboard Notes: Reading Notebook Entries
Appendix D. Clipboard Notes: Student Conversations
Appendix E. Understanding Characters
Appendix F. Clipboard Notes: Types of Thinking About Understanding Characters
Appendix G. Interpreting Themes
Appendix H. Clipboard Notes: Types of Thinking About Interpreting Themes

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