Re-envisioning the Literacy Block
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Re-envisioning the Literacy Block : A Guide to Maximizing Instruction in Grades K-8

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How do you ensure you're using literacy instruction effectively to meet the needs of all of your students? In this book from Diana and Betsy Sisson, you'll learn an innovative approach to using the literacy block in a gradual release model that allows you to provide grade-appropriate teaching as well as meaningful, individualized instruction to close the academic gaps of struggling learners and offer accelerated experiences for advanced students.


What's Inside


*Part I of the book lays out the authors' framework for the Core Block.


*Part II explains how to use the re-envisioned block to integrate the core components of word study, vocabulary development, strategic reading instruction, writers' craft, and expanded reading opportunities,,


*Part III reveals how to use differentiation, project-based learning, and assessment to prepare students for new literacy demands.


*The appendix provides literacy block schedules, tools for phonics development and morphology study, and correlations to the Common Core.


Each chapter includes practical tools and examples, as well as "In Action" boxes show how the ideas look in an authentic classroom.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 382g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Tables, black and white; 38 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138903531
  • 9781138903531
  • 910,700

Table of contents

Preface


Meet the Authors


PART I FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY INSTRUCTION


Chapter 1 Historical Trends in Literacy Instruction












Brief History of Reading Methodology







Origins of the Literacy Block and Guided Reading







Benefits & Challenges of the Literacy Block









Chapter 2 The Core Block












Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Model







Overview of Components in the Core Block









Whole-Group Instruction


Word Study


Vocabulary


Comprehension and Fluency










Guided Reading







Small-Group Application

















The Core Block "In Action"







Conclusion












PART II COMPONENTS OF THE CORE BLOCK


Chapter 3 Word Study












Significance of Word Study for Literacy Achievement







Phonemic Awareness







Phonics Development







Morphology







Word Study "In Action"







Conclusion












Chapter 4 Vocabulary Development












Significance of Vocabulary for Literacy Achievement







Key Principles for Robust Vocabulary Acquisition







Personalized Vocabulary Study







Vocabulary APP Centers







Vocabulary "In Action"







Conclusion












Chapter 5 Strategic Reading Instruction












Significance of Comprehension for Literacy Achievement







Comprehension APP Centers







Universal Comprehension Strategy Instruction







Standards-Based Strategy Instruction







Prescriptive Strategy Instruction







Integrated Strategy Instruction







Fluency's Role in Comprehending Text







Comprehension Strategies "In Action"







Conclusion












Chapter 6 Writers' Craft












Significance of Writers' Craft for Literacy Achievement







The Reading-Writing Connection







Integrating Writing Instruction in the Classroom









Intentional Planning


Explicit Instruction


Modeled Writing


Shared Writing


Guided Practice


Independent Practice


Targeted Mini-Lessons


Ongoing Conferences












Writers' Craft "In Action"







Conclusion












Chapter 7 Expanded Reading Opportunities












Significance of Expanded Time for Student Reading on Literacy Achievement







Read Aloud







Independent Reading







Book Groups







Extended Reading Opportunities "In Action"







Conclusion












PART III ENSURING STUDENT SUCCESS





Chapter 8 Differentiating Instruction












Individualizing Instruction for Students







Content







Process







Product







Conclusion












Chapter 9 Project-Based Learning












What is Project-Based Learning?







The Power of Project-Based Learning







Misconceptions About Project-Based Learning







Obstacles in Implementing Project-Based Learning







Integration of Projects into Literacy Block







Suggested PBL Study Topics







Conclusion












Chapter 10 Assessment












Attributes of Effective Assessment









Aligned to Instructional Purpose


Reflective of the Learning Process


Flexible to Meet the Needs of Teachers, Students, and the Classroom


Geared to Inform Instruction


Developed as Ongoing Cycle for Teaching and Learning


Screening


Diagnosis


Ongoing Assessment


Outcome Assessment












Varied Means of Assessment









Anecdotal Records


Constructed-Response Assessments


Developmental Spelling Assessments


Early Literacy Assessments


Essays


Informal Reading Inventories


Objective Tests


Oral Reading Fluency Measures


Oral Retelling


Performance Assessments


Portfolios


Rubrics


Running Records


Self-Assessments


Standardized Tests












Conclusion












APPENDIX Appendix A - Literacy Block Schedules





Appendix B - Phonics Development





Appendix C - Morphology Study





Appendix D - Common Core Standards


References
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Review quote

"Organizing the literacy block can be very challenging with the rigorous and complex curriculum demands of the Common Core, not to mention the additional challenges of meeting all students' needs through differentiation. So many teachers come to me frustrated and asking, "How do I fit it all in?" This book is a fantastic resource!"


--Karina Nevers, Learning Strategist, Las Vegas, NV


"Diana and Betsy Sisson's book Re-envisioning the Literacy Block blends the theoretical with practical applications that provide excellent resources and tools for educators to become quality literacy teachers. Not only does the book offer teachers direct resources to impact their instruction, it also provides them with strategies to share with parents so they are better equipped to help their children develop and practice their literacy skills at home."ã


--Ann Linson, Superintendent, East Noble School Corporation, Kendallville, INã
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About Diana Sisson

Diana Sisson and Betsy Sisson are international literacy consultants focusing on professional development and school improvement. They also serve as adjunct professors in the fields of teacher preparation, curriculum and instruction, research in literacy, and special educational programming.
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