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What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, Grades 3-8

Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide
By: Gravity Goldberg, Renee W. Houser

Foreword by Russell J. Quaglia

Discover how to move your readers forward with in-class, actionable formative assessment in just minutes a day with a proven 4-step process and lots of next-step resources.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506351230
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 304
  • Publication date: March 06, 2017

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Streamline formative assessment for readers in just minutes a day. With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, learn how to move your students forward in their reading with this 4-step process—lean in, listen to students’ talk about books, look at their writing about reading, and then make teaching decisions based on what they've conquered and what challenges they need to take on next.

This practical approach shows you how to notice when readers are doing mostly literal, "right there" on the page thinking; when they are doing "over-time" synthesizing across a text; and when they are ready to kick into high gear and connect ideas across texts and real word themes.

The authors provide next-step resources for whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one instruction, including:

  • Tips for what to look for and listen for in reading notebook entries and conversations about books
  • Reproducible Clipboard Notes pages that help you decide whether to reinforce a current type of thinking, teach a new type of thinking, or apply a current type of thinking to a new text
  • More than 30 lessons on understanding characters and themes, meaningful note taking, strategy use, and more
  • Reading notebook entries and sample classroom conversations to use as benchmarks
  • Strategies for deepening the three most prevalent types of thinking about characters: Right-Now Thinking (on the page), Over-Time Thinking (across a picture book, a chapter, or a novel), or Refining Thinking (nuanced connections across text and life themes)
  • Strategies for deepening the three most useful types of thinking—frames, patterns, lessons learned—about themes
  • Online video clips of Renee and Gravity teaching, conferring, and discussing what fiction readers need to do next

With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, discover how to move your readers forward with in-class, actionable formative assessment. Your readers are showing you what they need next—lean in, listen, look, assess.

“Goldberg and Houser – both former staff developers at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project – have perfectly combined theory and practice to help teachers put students first in their decision-making process. Best of all, they’ve provided the tools necessary to assist teachers in making those decisions become a reality right away.”
— Reviewed by Pam Hamilton for MiddleWeb

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QR codes in book to video clips of Gravity and Renee showing the moves in this book. A PD guide will be on the companion website too.


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Gravity Goldberg

Gravity Goldberg is an international educational consultant and author of eight 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 is the founding director of Gravity Goldberg, LLC, a team that provides side-by-side coaching for teachers.
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Renee W. Houser

Renée Houser is a lifelong educator, literacy consultant, and co-author of the series What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Her entire career has been dedicated to supporting students and teachers. She taught in New York City public schools, worked as a staff member at the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, and holds graduate degrees from Old Dominion University and Fordham University. In 2019, she founded Read. Write. Think. with Renee where she serves as an educational thinking partner for schools around the country. In this role, she is able to facilitate collaborative professional learning opportunities, create relevant resources for educators, and be a champion for student success.

Table of Contents

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 Fiction Text

Thin-Slicing Fiction Texts

Picture Books and Wordless Books

Short Story Collections


Graphic Novels

Ways to Engage Students in Fiction 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

Lessons That Wake Up Writing About Reading

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: Finding What’s True for Us in Texts and Life

Teach Students to Have Meaningful Conversations

Making Decisions Based on Student Conversations

Effective Fiction Conversation Characteristics

Moves for Analyzing Text in Diverse Ways

Self-Reflection Questionnaire: Student Conversations

What We Might Let Go of When Asking Students to Talk About Their Reading

Authentic Fiction Discussions: An Action Plan

Chapter 5: Decisions About Understanding Characters

Why Understanding Characters Is So Important

What Other Reading Skills Fit With Understanding Characters?

What to Look for When Students Study Characters

Thin-Slicing Students’ Thinking About Characters

Decide What to Teach Next

Studying More Than One Character

Harnessing the Power of Partnerships and Book Clubs

Understanding Characters: An Action Plan

Chapter 6: Decisions About Interpreting Themes

Why Interpreting Themes Is Important

What Other Reading Skills Fit With Interpreting Themes?

What to Look for When Students Interpret Themes

Decide What to Teach Next

Interpreting Themes in Multiple Texts

Interpreting Themes: An Action Plan

Chapter 7: Becoming Confident and Intentional Decision Makers


Appendix A. Fiction Book Rating System

Appendix B. Some Favorite Fiction Texts

Appendix C. Clipboard Notes: Reading Notebook Entries

Appendix D. Clipboard Notes: Student Conversations

Appendix E. Understanding Characters

Appendix F. Clipboard Notes: Types of Thinking About Understanding Characters

Appendix G. Interpreting Themes

Appendix H. Clipboard Notes: Types of Thinking About Interpreting Themes





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