As excerpted from Teacher Magazine:
A self-proclaimed “book whisperer,” 6th grade language arts and social studies teacher Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn’t turn into a reader.
On average, her students read more than 50 books a year. Miller's 6th graders have been known to become so engrossed in books that they walk into walls and insist on being photographed with their favorite books in class pictures. Even her former students return to borrow from her library, which has more than 2,000 titles.
Last year, her students received a 100 percent passing rate on the reading portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, with 90 percent receiving a "recommended" score.
Ms. Miller recommends the following books to teach reading comprehension.
by Nancie Atwell
The second edition still urges educators to "come out from behind their own big desks" to turn classrooms into workshops where students and teachers create curriculums together. But it also advocates a more activist role for teachers. Atwell writes, "I'm no longer willing to withhold suggestions and directions from my kids when I can help them solve a problem, do something they've never done before, produce stunning writing, and ultimately become more independent of me."
More than 70 percent of the material is new, with six brand-new chapters on genres, evaluation, and the teacher as writer. There are also lists of several hundred mini-lessons, and scripts and examples for teaching them; new expectations and rules for writing and reading workshops; ideas for teaching conventions; new systems for record keeping; lists of essential books for students and teachers; and forms for keeping track of individual spelling, skills, proofreading, homework, writing, and reading.
by Gay Su Pinnell, Irene C. Fountas
The product of many years of work with classroom teachers, Guiding Readers and Writers (Grades 3-6) is one of the most comprehensive, authoritative guides available today. It explores all the essential components of a quality literacy program in six separate sections:
by Janet Allen
Jennie from Manchester, England says:
As a teacher, I found this book invaluable: both as a reference for specific interventions and as a "pick me up" for those times when you feel as if you are struggling against the tide. There are a few great reading books out there (Kylene Beers' books are amazing) and this one deserves to be shelved along with them.
by Anne Goudvis, Stephanie Harvey
Lisa Coleman says:
An awesome resource for introducing and reinforcing strategies for comprehension with your students or own children. They use old standards and many new examples of chidrens literature to present lessons that are engaging and productive.
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