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

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

Foreword by Russell J. Quaglia

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January 2017 | 296 pages | Corwin

“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? Nonfiction, 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 synthesizing information and understanding perspectives, writing about reading, organizing thinking, and more
  • Reading notebook entries and sample classroom conversations to use as benchmarks 
  • Strategies for deepening the three most prevalent types of thinking students do when synthesizing: Right-Now Thinking (on the page), Over-Time Thinking (across a picture book, a chapter, or longer text), or Refining Thinking (nuanced connections across text and life concepts)
  • Strategies for deepening the three most useful types of thinking—feelings, frames, and opinions—when considering perspectives
  • Online video clips of Renee and Gravity teaching, conferring, and “thin slicing” what nonfiction readers need next

With What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Nonfiction, 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 nonfiction 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 Nonfiction Text  
Narrative Nonfiction  
Persuasive Nonfiction  
Expository Nonfiction  
5 Ways to Engage Students in Nonfiction 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  
Writing About Reading: An Important Tool for Readers and Their Teachers  
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: Making Meaning in Texts and Our Lives  
Teach Students to Have Meaningful Conversations  
Making Decisions Based on Student Conversations  
Effective Nonfiction Conversation Characteristics  
What We Might Let Go of When Asking Students to Talk About Their Reading  
Self-Reflection Questionnaire: Student Conversations  
Authentic Conversations: An Action Plan  
Chapter 5: Decisions About Synthesizing Information
What Is Synthesis?  
Why Is Synthesis So Important?  
What Other Reading Skills Fit With Synthesis?  
What to Look for When Students Synthesize Information  
Thin-Slicing Students’ Synthesis Thinking  
Decide What to Teach Next: Focus on Three Main Choices  
Synthesis Across Texts  
Synthesizing Information: An Action Plan  
Chapter 6: Decisions About Understanding Perspectives
What Is Perspective?  
Why Is Understanding Perspectives Important?  
What Other Reading Skills Fit With Understanding Perspectives?  
What to Look for When Understanding Perspective  
Decide What to Teach Next  
Reflecting With Students: How Understanding Perspectives Helps Us  
Understanding Perspectives: An Action Plan  
Chapter 7: Becoming Confident and Intentional Decision Makers
Appendix A. Nonfiction Book Rating System
Appendix B. Some Favorite Nonfiction Texts
Appendix C. Clipboard Notes: Reading Notebook Entries
Appendix D. Clipboard Notes: Student Conversations
Appendix E. Synthesizing Nonfiction Texts
Appendix F. Clipboard Notes: Types of Thinking About Synthesizing Information
Appendix G. Understanding Perspectives in Nonfiction
Appendix H. Clipboard Notes: Types of Thinking About Understanding Perspectives
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. Cross connections to fiction version TBD.

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ISBN: 9781506351216

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