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  • Writing Rhetorically

    Fostering responsive thinkers and communicators

    In Writing Rhetorically, Jennifer Fletcher provides teachers with strategies and frameworks for writing instruction that cultivate student expertise and autonomy. By teaching writing rhetorically, we support students in becoming independent problem solvers. They learn how to discover their own questions, design their own inquiry process, develop their own positions and purposes, make their own choices about content and form, and contribute to conversations that matter to them.

    Inside this book, Jennifer examines the rhetorical writing skills and practices that help students effectively communicate across contexts while providing successful ways to foster

    • inquiry, invention, and rhetorical thinking,
    • writing for transfer,
    • paraphrasing, summary, synthesis, and citation skills,
    • research skills and processes,
    • evidence-based reasoning, and
    • rhetorical decision making.

    Rhetorical decision making helps students develop the skills, knowledge, and mindsets needed for transfer of learning: the ability to adapt and apply learning in new settings. The more choices students make as writers, the better prepared they are to analyze and respond to diverse rhetorical situations.

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    Author(s): Jennifer Fletcher

    Pages: 320
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781625313881

    Price: $ 42.95
  • Intentional from the Start

    Guiding emergent readers in small groups

    This thoughtful book explores how emergent readers learn best and position text levels appropriately in the service of students. They also turn their attention to a comprehensive exploration of the particular needs of emergent readers and how the work they do at the earliest emergent levels of reading and writing lays a critical foundation necessary for them to continue growing successfully into the next steps and beyond. As they examine the needs of learners working at each emergent text level individually, the authors

    • detail the specific demands the books in that text level require and how to best coach young readers working through them;
    • highlight instructional procedures for reading, writing, and word study that can be put to use immediately at your small group table;
    • suggest optimal schedules, techniques, and formats for efficient instruction at that level; and
    • unpack the book characteristics specific to that level and demonstrate ways to capitalize on them to intentionally support emergent readers and writers.

    With plenty of useful classroom examples, as well as additional online resources with literacy center ideas that correlate directly with the work students are doing at particular levels, this book is a resource your emergent reading teacher heart will reach for again and again.

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    Author(s): Carolyn Helmers and Susan Vincent

    Pages: 192
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781625311948

    Price: $ 44.95
  • Deepening In-Class and Online Learning

    60 step-by-step strategies to encourage interaction, foster inclusion, and spark imagination

    This timely book shows teachers how to make learning joyful as they translate successful classroom strategies to virtual learning. More than 60 step-by-step strategies encourage interaction, foster inclusion, and spark imagination. Each activity is presented in a consistent format, ready-to-use in-class and for online learning. Whether teaching virtually or adding digital activities to in-class instruction, this book explores effective ways for students to present, communicate, and collaborate. Innovative activities range from discussing hot topics and sharing personal stories to visual boards and digital storytelling. An up-to-date glossary of digital tools helps to make sense of the shifting landscape in today’s classrooms.

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    Author(s): Larry Swartz and Debbie Nyman and Magdalin Livingston

    Pages: 160
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781551383545

    Price: $ 28.95
    Price: $ 25.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 38.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Shifting the Balance

    6 ways to bring the science of reading into the balanced literacy classroom

    From phonological processing to brain research to orthographic mapping to self-teaching hypothesis, Shifting the Balance cuts through the rhetoric (and the sciencey science) to offer readers a practical guide to decision-making about beginning reading instruction. The authors honor the balanced literacy perspective while highlighting common practices to reconsider and revise—all through a lens of what’s best for the students sitting in front of us.

    Across six shifts, each chapter

    • identifies a common instructional practice to reconsider
    • explores various misunderstandings that establish and keep that practice in play
    • shares scientific research to support its reconsideration
    • proposes an instructional shift to apply a new perspective, and
    • details several high-leverage instructional routines to support implementation of that shift.

    By pinpointing gaps and overlaps—as well as common misunderstandings and missed opportunities between the competing lines of thought—Jan and Kari offer busy educators direction and clarification for integrating science and balance into their daily instruction, while keeping meaningful experiences with text a priority.

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    Author(s): Jan Burkins and Kari Yates

    Pages: 200
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781625315106

    Price: $ 46.95
  • Sometimes Reading is Hard

    Using decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies to inspire fluent, passionate, lifelong readers

    When students say that reading is boring, difficult, overwhelming, or they cannot find a good book, it is almost impossible to sell them on the idea that reading is fun and worthwhile. Sometimes Reading is Hard shows teachers how to develop the skills students need to be successful and how to cultivate passionate, lifelong readers. An intriguing look at the science of reading, the book helps teachers understand the foundations upon which language and reading are learned so they can make their own good decisions about programs, resources, strategies, and activities. Classroom vignettes, promising practices, and step-by-step activities illustrate how teachers can weave teaching the skills of decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency with real reasons to read. This hands-on teacher resource shows what a comprehensive, research-based reading program looks like in action.

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    Author(s): Robin Bright

    Pages: 176
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781551383514

    Price: $ 28.95
    Price: $ 25.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 38.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Making Math Stick

    Classroom strategies that support the long-term understanding of math concepts

    This remarkable book shows teachers how to stop working harder and start working smarter. It describes a shift from “teach-test-move-on” to “teach-connect-apply” to optimize student learning. This valuable resource provides teachers with an understanding of simple, manageable, and sustainable strategies to change their approach immediately. These strategies build on helping students retain math concepts so they can apply them in novel situations down the road. The focus is on supporting teachers in framing instruction so that students strengthen their understanding, and can remember and apply learning. Making Math Stick is a game-changer that champions durable learning for all students.

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    Author(s): David Costello

    Pages: 144
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781551383507

    Price: $ 28.95
    Price: $ 25.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 38.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Comprehensive Intervention Model, The

    Nurturing self-regulated readers through responsive teaching

    The Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) organizes essential educational theory and effective instructional practices under a complete, layered intervention model. This well-researched and practical resource begins by laying the theoretical foundation for its methodology before describing its multitiered system of instruction across a range of components. The book concludes with a collection of examples that show the model in action.

    The CIM Resource Manual provides administrators, coaches, and teachers with the tools needed to implement the CIM with fidelity including planners, guide sheets, observation forms, data collection forms, phonics and word learning guides, and more. Use these two books together to close the gap between low-progress readers and their grade-level peers.

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    Author(s): Linda J. Dorn and Carla Soffos and Adria Klein

    Pages: 384
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781625314758

    Price: $ 89.95
  • Better Reading Now

    50 ready-to-use teaching strategies to engage students, deepen comprehension, and nurture a love of reading

    Based on what we now know about reading, this practical book offers strategies in a consistent format that is easy for teachers to incorporate in their daily instruction. This grab-bag of classroom-tested activities allows teachers to choose what they need to meet the diverse needs of students in grades 1 through 8. These strategies guide students through the reading process and build important comprehension skills through reading, talk, art, drama, and more.  These innovative ways to use the best children’s books will inspire students to become enthusiastic and avid readers, and take the first giant step into becoming lifelong readers.

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    Author(s): Larry Swartz

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781551383491

    Price: $ 28.95
    Price: $ 25.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 38.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Mathematizing Children's Literature

    Sparking connections, joy, and wonder through read-alouds and discussion

    Many teachers use traditional counting and shape books in math class. But what would happen if we approached any story with a math lens? How might mathematizing children’s literature give learners space to ask their own questions and make connections between stories, their lives, and the world around them? These are the questions Allison Hintz and Antony T. Smith set out to explore in this book as they invite us to consider fresh ways of using interactive read-alouds to nurture students as both readers and mathematicians.

    Inside Mathematizing Children’s Literature, you’ll learn how to do the following:

    • Select picture books according to the goals of the read aloud experience.
    • Plan and facilitate three kinds of read aloud discussions—Open Notice and Wonder, Math Lens, and Story Explore.
    • Utilize Idea Investigations—experiences that invite students to pursue literacy and math-focused ideas beyond the pages of the read aloud.
    • Connect with students’ families and communities through stories.

    Along the way, Allison and Antony offer a wide range of picture book suggestions and appendices that include ready-to-use planning templates, a note-taking form, and a bookmark of guiding questions. Mathematizing Children’s Literature is a practical resource you’ll find yourself referring to frequently.

    Coming in January 2022 — Pre-Order today!


    Author(s): Allison Hintz and Antony T. Smith

    Pages: 240
    Publication Date: 2022
    ISBN: 9781625311580

    Price: $ 39.95
  • Above and Beyond the Writing Workshop



    Above and Beyond the Writing Workshop is filled with original, joyful writing challenges designed to bring back the spirit of the writing workshop model while encouraging educators to enhance it through invention, innovation, and inspiration. These challenges are meant to generate other lessons and projects, as teachers come to realize that teaching writing is not only possible but perhaps to most important, relevant, and gratifying part of their instruction. This thoughtful book promotes the belief that chilren who write what matters to them — their experience, their beliefs, their observations — will find their lives enhanced. It seeks to raise activists who, by becoming more aware of the world and asking why things are the way they are, will be empowered to make it better.

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    Author(s): Shelley Harwayne

    Pages: 368
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781625314307

    Price: $ 64.95
  • What's the Difference?

    Building on Autism strengths, skills, and talents in your classrooms

    What’s the difference between teaching our students and our autistic students? Not much. This practical book argues that all students are unique. It focuses on integrating teaching autistic students into the teaching practice of the whole class. Based on extensive classroom experience, this highly readable book is full of anecdotes about engaged students growing in their learning. Lesson plans and checklists throughout the book help teachers get to know autistic students and help them with school work, emotional regulation, communication, socializing, and staying safe. This timely book champions getting rid of labels so teachers can know every student as an individual.

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    Author(s): Amanda Yuill

    Pages: 144
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781551383484

    Price: $ 28.95
    Price: $ 25.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 38.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Writing Clubs

    Fosterin community, collaboration, and choice in the writing classroom

    Ask teachers about their biggest challenges in elementary and middle school, and many will cite the teaching of writing. It is often difficult for students find the joy, discovery, and satisfaction writing can yield. Published programs abound, focusing on the study of genres, and students learn to emulate professional writers. What Lisa Eickholdt and Patricia Vitale-Reilly have found is that adherence to genre studies can get in the way of student collaboration. Believing writing instruction should be more authentic, they offer students more choice, develop better collaboration, and sustain a sense of community, all through the implementation of writing clubs.

    Writing clubs offer opportunities to

    • collaborate throughout the process of writing,
    • choose not only what to write but how to write it,
    • examine mentor texts and study craft techniques across genres,
    • develop speaking and listening skills, and
    • celebrate classmates’ accomplishments through publication.

    Collaboration is widely recognized as a vital life skill. Lisa and Patty present a plethora of ideas on how gratifying it can be right now, as well as in the future. There’s an old proverb that says, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.’ In Writing Clubs, we discover that there is no limit to how far young writers can go when teachers show them what it means to collaborate.

    Coming in January 2022 — Pre-Order today!


    Author(s): Lisa Eickholdt and Patricia Vitale-Reilly

    Pages: 208
    Publication Date: 2022
    ISBN: 9781625313232

    Price: $ 39.95
  • Powerful Poetry

    Read, write, rejoice, recite poetry all year

    Powerful Poetry celebrates the beauty, power, and pleasure of poetry in the classroom. This highly-readable book outlines the many benefits of integrating poetry into your literacy program, including building reading, writing, and speaking skills, nurturing creativity, and celebrating language. Powerful Poetry provides practical, enjoyable lessons for integrating poetry into your year-long literacy program and engaging ways to introduce poetic structure, language, tools, and devices. Book lists introduce a wide range of wonderful poems and poets. Ideal for new and experienced teachers who are looking to bring the power of poetry into their classroom.

    Coming in December 2021 — Pre-order today! eBook available NOW!


    Author(s): Adrienne Gear

    Pages: 128
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781551383521

    Price: $ 28.95
    Price: $ 25.95 (eBook)
    Price: $ 38.95 (Paper + eBook)
  • Patterns of Wonder

    Inviting emergent writers to play with the conventions of language, PreK-1

    Building on the same playful qualities of the invitational process introduced in their bestselling Patterns of Power series, Whitney La Rocca and Jeff Anderson turn their instructional lens to our youngest writers, sharing new ways we can invite them to experiment, have fun, and take risks with writing and language. Outlining an adjusted invitational process, adapted especially for use with emergent writers, the book positions grammar and concepts about print instruction across three overlapping levels of support: oral language, illustrating, and writing. Practical and hands-on, this valuable resource includes over fifty sample lessons that pinpoint and build cumulatively across the most common needs of emergent writers.

    Coming in November 2021 — Pre-Order today!


    Author(s): Whitney La Rocca and Jeff Anderson

    Pages: 400
    Publication Date: 2021
    ISBN: 9781625314505

    Price: $ 69.95