No More Fake Reading

No More Fake Reading : Merging the Classics With Independent Reading to Create Joyful, Lifelong Readers

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With the blended model, teachers lead close examinations of key passages from classic texts, guiding students to an understanding of important reading strategies that they can transfer to their choice books. Teachers gain a platform for demonstrating the critical reading skills students so urgently require, and students thrive on reading what they want to read. In this research-backed book, teachers are also shown the basics of creating a classroom library and how to build a blended curriculum for both fiction and non-fiction units.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 187 x 231 x 20.32mm | 590g
  • Corwin Press Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1506365515
  • 9781506365510
  • 670,417

Table of contents

Introduction: "What Book Should I Read Next?"
Vignette of a High School Reader
CHAPTER ONE Why Are My Students Snapchatting Their Way Through The Odyssey-and What Can I Offer Instead?
Why We Have to Minimize the Role of, but Not Abandon, the Classics
Why We Need to Incorporate Choice Reading
What the Blended Model Offers
What's Next: Sparking Joy in Our Classes
CHAPTER TWO Getting Ready for the Blended Model
How to Set Up Your Classes So Students Really Read
Possible Follow-Up Steps
CHAPTER THREE Building a Blended Curriculum for Fiction-Based Units
Why Start With Fiction?
What's Important to Know About This Planning Process Before Diving In?
Getting Started
How to Make Your Unit Pop and Avoid Potential Pitfalls
CHAPTER FOUR Building a Blended Curriculum for Nonfiction-Based Units
Why Nonfiction?
What's Important to Know About Planning Nonfiction Units Before Diving In
What to Do When Your Students Are Choosing to Read Novels and It's Time to Teach Nonfiction
How to Plan a Nonfiction Unit Based on Your Class Text
How to Make Your Unit Pop and Avoid Potential Pitfalls
Why What You Just Planned Is Important
CHAPTER FIVE What to Plan for Day to Day
Crafting Daily Lesson Plans
Breakdown of the Period or Block
Ten Minutes of Focused Teacher-Led Instruction
Transitioning Into Reading Time
What Students Are Doing in Addition to Reading: Writing, Thinking, and Questioning
Teach Readers to Demonstrate Their Thinking About Reading: Modeling
What to Do With Students' Writing About Reading: Assessment and Differentiation
Closing Out the Class
Training Ground for Readers
CHAPTER SIX Bring Talk Into Your Blended Reading Classroom
Why We Need to Teach Our Students Ways to Talk About Books
How to Bring in Talk in Meaningful Ways
If They're Not All Reading the Same Book, What Are Students Talking About?
Time for Shared Texts, Too
How Often We Incorporate Talk Into Reading Time
Why Talk Boosts Our Teaching
CHAPTER SEVEN Assessing Readers: Grading That's Useful and User-Friendly
Formative Ongoing Assessments That Won't Make You Hate Your Job
Summative Assessments
How to Stay Sane When Grading
CHAPTER EIGHT Building Teacher-Student Relationships Through the Blended Model
Why the Blended Model Opens Up Space for Powerful One-on-One Teaching
How to Talk to Students About Their Reading
What We Can Expect as a Result of Talking to Students About Reading
Final Words
We're Ready to Embrace Change
Resource 1: Our Book Reviews: Sample Assignment for Sharing Choice Books
Resource 2: Technology Integration Ideas to Support Choice Reading
Resource 3: My Reading Goals: Student Sample
Resource 4: Bookmark Calendar Template
Resource 5: Sample Grade 10 Unit Plan: The Scarlet Letter
Resource 6: Unit Planning Template
Resource 7: Sample Grade 8 Unit Plan: The Outsiders
Resource 8: Sample Grade 11 Unit Plan: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Resource 9: Reading Notebook Prompts: Transfer of Skills to Choice Books
Resource 10: Examples of Realistic Fiction Book Club Annotations and Analysis
Resource 11: Choice Read or Class Novel Check-In: How Do You Know They're Really Reading?
Resource 12: Reading Notebook Rubric Sample 1
Resource 13: Reading Notebook Rubric Sample 2
Resource 14: Reading Notebook Rubric Sample 3
Resource 15: Sample Essay Assignment, Outline, and Rubric Using Choice Book
Resource 16: Sample Literary Analysis Essay Assignment for Choice Book
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Review quote

"How can we inspire reading and critical thinking in a time of widespread student distraction and disengagement? Berit Gordon helps bridge the gap between theory and action with classroom-friendly strategies that work. Test them out, and like me, you may find your students begging for more time to read." -- Jessica Miller, English Teacher and Literacy Coach "After attending an eye-opening workshop with Berit Gordon, I followed her lead and tried something new with my Freshmen College Prep Students. I'd been teaching Great Expectations to this age group for years and it was always a challenge for them and for me. The assigned nightly reading went unread, and if they did read, they did not understand it. Every day felt exhausting, as I would re-teach the previous night's assignment. This year, using Berit's ideas as a guide, I opted to use the novel as an in-class text, analyzing passages to teach close reading skills while the students chose books to read on their own ... Students delved into these high interest, contemporary books and made consistent, meaningful connections between Great Expectations and their independent novels. They wrote literary essays about their choice books, and took a test on Great Expectations, for which they received extremely high marks, demonstrating their mastery of a sophisticated (and previously dreaded!) text. The experiment was a huge success! Working through a complex text together with focused instruction enabled students to engage with a difficult book, and appreciate it in a way they never had before. Interestingly, they enjoyed Dickens so much that I taught more of the book than I had originally planned!" -- Ellin Glassband, High School Teacher "While I had spent over 20 years implementing book clubs and independent reading in my Language Arts classroom, I had never quite approached it in the same way Berit Gordon outlined in No More Fake Reading. Now, my students are reading at least double the previous required amount, and they are thrilled with the large amount of choice. I found it effortless to create a curriculum where I match in-class texts with independent reading. The students find the more challenging texts enjoyable when sampling them rather than haranguing through the truly difficult ones or just reading spark notes!" -- Rose Leonard, English Teacher "Berit Gordon is the best word whisperer, lighting a love for words in even the most reluctant of readers and writers. Her techniques created an atmosphere of electricity in a classroom that had lost its spark for communication. Many books that I've read only speak to the strategy and provide anchor charts. Berit goes further and explains the what, why, how, and when of the strategy in use. This is key. Berit is key. For many of us, we know what we want our students to do. We just need a little direction to get there. Berit provides the map, serves as GPS, and leads us to the place where our classrooms are now abuzz with engaged readers and inspired writers." -- Wendy Platt "There is so much to love about this book! Grounded in the authority of classroom practice, it makes independent reading work in new ways by actively teaching and sharing how to read, and by leveraging the social power and pleasure of reading. The approach is based on an elegant principle of cognitive apprenticeship: meet students at their current state of being with their current interests and use this as the platform to help them outgrow themselves. The approach allows for authentic and democratic differentiation - through various materials, levels of support, groupings - while all students are working in complementary ways on a common project. This approach mirrors what expert adult readers do: they put texts into conversation with each other to make global meanings." -- Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Professor of English Education
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About Berit Gordon

Berit Gordon coaches teachers as they nurture lifelong readers and writers. Her path as an educator began in the classroom in the Dominican Republic before teaching in New York City public schools. She also taught at the Teachers College of Columbia University in English Education. She current works as a literacy consultant in grades 3-12 and lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and three children.
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