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Engaging Young Children With Informational Books
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Engaging Young Children With Informational Books



© 2014 | 232 pages | Corwin

Because nonfiction and young readers are a natural fit!

Common Core or not, providing our youngest readers with a thorough grounding in nonfiction is just good teaching. There’s no better way to ensure our students acquire the background knowledge and vocabulary so essential to their understanding of subjects like science and social studies. Helen Patrick and Panayota Mantzicopoulos have written this book to assist you with this all-important effort.

What makes Engaging Young Children so unique? Above all else it’s realistic. It describes immediately useable strategies for using informational reading and writing to both enrich and expand the curriculum. Taking their lead from the Common Core, the authors provide:

• Criteria for choosing books
• Strategies for shared reading and reading aloud
• Informational writing activities
• Ways to guide parent involvement
• Real-life classroom success stories

Read the book, try out some of the strategies, and you’ll quickly see for yourself just how engaging, informative, and formative nonfiction can be.

" I am very grateful to Patrick and Mantzicopoulos for reminding me how essential informational reading and writing are, not only to the development of language arts skills, but to the reintroduction of science and social studies to daily elementary education."
—Nina Orellana, Title I Teacher
Palm Bay Academy Charter School, Palm Bay, FL

"This book is a must have for elementary educators, teachers, and professional faculty.  It illustrates the power of reading while also introducing the whole idea of students and how others interpret success with them."
—Robert E. Yager, Professor of Science Education
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

 
Series Preface to Classroom Insights
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. English Language Arts in the Early Years of School: Priorities and Consequences
 
2. Do Young Children Find Informational Books Hard to Understand?
 
3. Are Young Children Really Interested in Informational Books?
 
4. What Should I Consider When Selecting Informational Books?
 
5. How Can I Use Shared Informational Book Reading in my Classroom to Build Children's Reading Skills and Background Knowledge?
 
6. How Can I Incoporate Writing With Informational Books?
 
7. How Can Parents Use Informational Books to Support Children's Learning?
 
References for Children's Books
 
References for Research Sources
 
Index

"This book is an urgent read for all teachers and parents of young children who want their kids to achieve long-term academic success! This book will drastically change how I read and how I encourage writing with my students and children. I am very grateful to Mantzicopoulos and Patrick for reminding me how essential informational reading and writing are, not only to the development of language arts skills, but to the reintroduction of science and social studies to daily elementary education. Including informational texts in the classroom is necessary if we are to produce students prepared for success on an international scale."

Nina Orellana, Title I Teacher
Palm Bay Academy Charter School, Palm Bay, FL

"This book is a must have for elementary educators, teachers, and professional faculty.  It illustrates the power of reading while also introducing the whole idea of students and how others interpret success with them."

Robert E. Yager, Professor of Science Education
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

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