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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of December 9th

posted Dec 10, 2018, 4:25 PM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Dec 10, 2018, 7:00 PM ]
Read, Talk, and Write
The discussion that occurs in a guided reading lesson is critical to developing strategic reading and comprehension. I’ve discovered a wonderful book by Laura Robb that includes dozens of ideas for creating rich conversations in your literacy lessons. In Read, Talk, Write: 35 lessons that teach students to analyze fiction and nonfiction (2017, Corwin) you’ll find prompts and guidelines for teaching a variety of comprehension strategies. I’ve been using several of her ideas in my guided reading lessons. I love the last two paragraphs of the book:
Sometimes the pressure we teachers feel to improve test scores by using premade test-prep practice and worksheet packets can reduce student’s engagement with tasks and their motivation to work hard to achieve. Literary conversations and writing about reading are authentic tasks that research has shown improves learning in all subjects. 
Remember the research on fourth-grade teachers that Allington, Johnston, and Pollack Day (2002) conducted, concluding that it’s the teacher who makes the difference in students’ learning and achievement. You are the key to developing highly literate students! And when you make learning meaningful for students with literary conversations and writing about reading, you keep students at the center of instruction, inspiring them to read, think, talk, and write –and continually improve their reading and writing expertise!
This book will help you improve student engagement and motivation and give your practical tips for enhancing literary discussions during guided reading and beyond. I highly recommend it.