For Parents and Professionals
Partnering for Fluency
This volume, which is part of the Tools for Teaching Literacy series, provides a wealth of research-based, classroom-tested strategies for teaching reading fluency. Topics include fluency assessment, resources for fluency instruction, planning for instruction, and how to design staff development to encourage good fluency instruction. Of particular interest is the chapter entitled, "Student Partners for Fluency Development," in which the authors discuss how to effectively pair students for classroom fluency work so that they can take responsibility for their own learning and support each other's fluency development.
Patterns of Narrative Discourse: A Multicultural, Life Span Approach
Product Description: This book educates professionals about the features of narrative discourse from a multicultural perspective. The authors seek to prevent misdiagnoses of cultural differences as deficits. The importance of narratives for children and adults is presented with respect to literacy, education, law and medicine. Narratives from children with typical and impaired discourse development are described regarding the following cultures: European North American, African American, Spanish-speaking communities, and Asian Americans. This book is intended for speech-language pathologists, early childhood specialists, elementary and high school educators, as well as students in these disciplines.
Peer Power: Preadolescent Culture and Identity
Peer Power explodes existing myths about children's friendships, power, and popularity, and the gender chasm between elementary school boys and girls. Based on eight years of intensive insider participant observation in their own children's community, the authors discuss the vital components in the lives of preadolescents: popularity, friendships, cliques, social status, social isolation, loyalty, bullying, boy-girl relationships, and afterschool activities.
Persistent Inequality: Contemporary Realities in the Education of Undocumented Latina/o Students
How solid is the Supreme Court precedent, Plyler v. Doe, that allows undocumented children the opportunity to attend public school K-12 free of charge? What would happen if the Supreme Court overruled it? What is the DREAM Act and how would this proposed federal law affect the lives of undocumented students? How have immigration raids affected public school children and school administrators? To shed some light on these vital questions, the authors provide a critical analysis of the various legal and policy aspects of the U.S. educational system.
Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success (Grades K-2)
Phonemic awareness—the understanding that words are made up of sounds—is essential to a child's early reading success. With this book, children gain this awareness through engaging, easy to teach activities.
Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum
Phonemic awareness is the first step in any child's journey to literacy, and more than 25% of all children don't master it by third grade. Specifically targeting phonemic awareness, this program helps young children learn to distinguish the individual sounds that make up words and affect their meanings.
Phonics from A to Z (Grades K-3)
Everything you wanted to know about phonics but were afraid to ask! This practical handbook, written by an early reading specialist, will show you how to build engaging, effective phonics practice into your reading-writing program. Lots of ready-to-use lessons, word lists, games and learning center ideas.
Preventing Long-Term ELs: Transforming Schools to Meet Core Standards
This very readable book is an excellent introduction to English Learners, the obstacles they face at school, and research-based instructional approaches to help these students succeed. The authors explore the strengths/weaknesses of various ESL programs; identify ten features of school improvement to support ELs; and offer specific strategies for both language and content-area instruction. While some of the suggestions — using cognates to teach vocabulary or incorporating cooperative learning into lessons — will be familiar to those with a basic knowledge of EL instruction, the number of strategies offered, along with the detailed instructions for classroom implementation and discussion questions in every chapter, make this title a good choice for professional development.
Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
While most children learn to read fairly well, there remain many young Americans whose futures are imperiled because they do not read well enough to meet the demands of our competitive, technology-driven society. This book explores the problem within the context of social, historical, cultural, and biological factors.
Project June Bug
Life is good for Jenna Bianchi. She's just started her second year of teaching English at Morrison High School, a job she loves. She has a pet parrot with attitude. And there's a handsome math teacher who wants to be more than just friends. But everything changes when a defiant, disruptive tenth grader walks into her classroom.
With a smart mouth and a swagger to match, Michael Tayler is a problem for Jenna from the very first day. His school record screams troublemaker, and Jenna wonders if the new year is already doomed. But when she reads Michael's first poetry assignment, she recognizes it for what it truly is: a cry for help.
Michael's presence sets into motion a chain of events that turns Jenna’s perfect life upside-down and threatens to destroy her career. Faced with a challenge unlike anything she’s ever known, Jenna commits to doing what no one has done for Michael Tayler before.
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