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

What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, Grades 3-8
Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide

Foreword by Russell J. Quaglia

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Formative Assessment | Literacy

March 2017 | 304 pages | Corwin

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“Well, that was a great minilesson—now what?” For every teacher who has uttered those words, this book is for you. In What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, educators Gravity Goldberg and Renee Houser take the guesswork out of determining students’ needs with a moment-to-moment guide focused on the decisions that make the biggest impact on readers’ skill development. With the authors’ guidance, you put their next-step resources into action, 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 “thin slicing” what fiction readers need next

With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction, you learn to trust your instincts and trust your students to provide you with information about the next steps that make the most sense for them. Teaching students to engage with and understand fiction becomes personal, purposeful, and a homegrown process that you can replicate from year to year and student to student.

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
Key features
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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