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What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Nonfiction, Grades 3-8: Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide / Edition 1

What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Nonfiction, Grades 3-8: Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide / Edition 1

by Gravity Goldberg, Renee W. Houser Gravity Goldberg
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Streamline formative assessment for readers in just minutes a day

With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Nonfiction, discover how to move your readers forward with in-class, actionable formative assessment. The authors provide a proven, 4-step process—lean in, listen to what readers say, look at what they write, and assess where they need to go next.

Next-step resources for whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one instruction, include

  • Reproducible Clipboard Notes pages for quick assessments
  • More than 30 lessons to get you started
  • Reading notebook entries and sample classroom conversations
  • Online video clips of Renee and Gravity teaching and debriefing

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506351216
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Series: Corwin Literacy
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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 alt MBA 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 Nonfiction Text
Narrative Nonfiction
Persuasive Nonfiction
Expository Nonfiction
5 Ways to Engage Students in Nonfiction 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
Writing About Reading: An Important Tool for Readers and Their Teachers
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: Making Meaning in Texts and Our Lives
Teach Students to Have Meaningful Conversations
Making Decisions Based on Student Conversations
Effective Nonfiction Conversation Characteristics
What We Might Let Go of When Asking Students to Talk About Their Reading
Self-Reflection Questionnaire: Student Conversations
Authentic Conversations: An Action Plan
Chapter 5: Decisions About Synthesizing Information
What Is Synthesis?
Why Is Synthesis So Important?
What Other Reading Skills Fit With Synthesis?
What to Look for When Students Synthesize Information
Thin-Slicing Students’ Synthesis Thinking
Decide What to Teach Next: Focus on Three Main Choices
Synthesis Across Texts
Synthesizing Information: An Action Plan
Chapter 6: Decisions About Understanding Perspectives
What Is Perspective?
Why Is Understanding Perspectives Important?
What Other Reading Skills Fit With Understanding Perspectives?
What to Look for When Understanding Perspective
Decide What to Teach Next
Reflecting With Students: How Understanding Perspectives Helps Us
Understanding Perspectives: An Action Plan
Chapter 7: Becoming Confident and Intentional Decision Makers
Appendix A. Nonfiction Book Rating System
Appendix B. Some Favorite Nonfiction Texts
Appendix C. Clipboard Notes: Reading Notebook Entries
Appendix D. Clipboard Notes: Student Conversations
Appendix E. Synthesizing Nonfiction Texts
Appendix F. Clipboard Notes: Types of Thinking About Synthesizing Information
Appendix G. Understanding Perspectives in Nonfiction
Appendix H. Clipboard Notes: Types of Thinking About Understanding Perspectives

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