Read, Talk, Write

Read, Talk, Write : 35 Lessons That Teach Students to Analyze Fiction and Nonfiction

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Laura Robb shares 35 lessons and 45 reproducibles that make it easier for teachers to train their students to read, talk, and write about texts independently. She includes model lessons for introducing the fundamentals of productive whole class, small group, partner, turn and talk, teacher/student conversation. Other lessons use the 6 short texts in the book to address literary elements, text features and structures, reading strategies, and vocabulary - all through discussion, brief writing about reading, and an emphasis on analytical thinking.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 215 x 279 x 17.78mm | 740g
  • Corwin Press Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1506339573
  • 9781506339573
  • 477,861

Table of contents

Aim 1. Introduce Students to Six Types of Comprehension-Building Conversations
Chapter 1. Talking About Texts: Getting Started
Lessons and Texts to Take Students From Talk to Literary Conversation
Five Benefits of Student-Centered Talk
Benefit 1: Talk Supports Recall and Comprehension
Benefit 2: Talk Engages and Motivates
Benefit 3: Interactive Talk Becomes a Model for In-the-Head Conversations
Benefit 4: Talk Activates Ideas for Writing About Reading
Benefit 5: Talk Changes How Students Think and Feel About Fiction and Nonfiction
The Research Support
Coming Full Circle With Literature Circles
Types of Talk and How They Fit Into the Lessons
Initiating Talk With Questions and Prompts
How to Craft Guiding Questions
How to Teach Students to Compose Interpretive Questions
Making Student Talk Productive
How to Build Trust
How to Help Students Initiate Discussion
How to Teach Students to Listen Actively
How to Use the Fishbowl Technique
How to Use Smart Notebooks
What's Ahead
Reflect on Your Teaching
Chapter 2. Lessons for Teaching Six Types of Talk
How Literary Conversations Help Students
Texts for Talk-Based Reading Lessons
When to Use the Six Types
Tips for Managing Literary Conversations
Offer Prompts That Keep a Discussion Moving Forward
Provide a Timeframe
Reflect and Intervene
Set a Signal for Closing a Discussion
Lesson 2.1: Turn-and-Talk
Lesson in Action: Turn-and-Talk
Lesson 2.2: Whole-Class Discussions
Lesson in Action: Whole-Class Discussions
Lesson 2.3: Partner Talk
Lesson in Action: Partner Talk
Lesson 2.4: Small-Group Discussions
Lesson in Action: Small-Group Discussions
Lesson 2.5: In-the-Head Conversations
Lesson in Action: In-the-Head Conversations
Lesson 2.6: Teacher-Student Discussions
Lesson in Action: Teacher-Student Discussions
Chapter 3. Lessons That Build Comprehension Skills in Any Genre
Step 1: Mine Texts for Teaching Topics
Step 2: Plan Lessons
Step 3: Develop Effective Assessments
Ten Top-Notch Short Texts and Lessons
Getting-Ready Tips
Lesson 3.1: Inferring With Informational Text
Lesson 3.2: Exploring Interpretative Questions: Biography
Lesson 3.3: Determining the Author's Purpose: Informational Text
Lesson 3.4: Why Characters Change: Small-Group Discussion Using a Short Story
Lesson 3.5: Prompting In-the-Head Conversations: Biography
Lesson 3.6: Teacher-Student Talk: Conferring
Reproducible Fiction and Nonfiction Texts
"Coming Clean" by Anina Robb
"Defying Gravity: Mae Jemison" by Anina Robb
"Hoops Tryouts" by Anina Robb
"How Ada Lovelace Leaped Into History" by Kathleen Krull
"How Athens Got Its Name" Retelling by Joanna Davis-Swing
"Isaac Newton and the Day He Discovered the Rainbow" by Kathleen Krull
"Making Scientists Into Climbers" (Excerpt From Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal's Mustang Cliffs) by Sandra Athans
"New Horizons in Space" by Seymour Simon
"Snow Day" by Priscilla Cummings
"Who Climbs Everest?" (Excerpt From Tales From the Top of the World: Climbing Mount Everest With Pete Athans) by Sandra Athans
Aim 2. Teach Students to Read, Talk, and Write About Fiction
Chapter 4. Taking the Plunge: How to Talk and Write About Fiction
Exploring and Analyzing Fiction With Literary Elements
Building Knowledge of Key Literary Techniques
Some Key Literary Devices
Encouraging Students to Discuss Literary Elements and Techniques
Characteristics of Fictional Genres
From Talk to Writing
Brief Writing Tasks to Follow Talk
Writing About Reading
Model Lesson: The Importance of Inferring: "Snow Day" by Priscilla Cummings
Reflect on Your Teaching
Chapter 5. Going Deeper: How to Analyze Literary Elements
Offer Students Guided Practice
Moving From Talking to Writing
Literary Elements and Five Kinds of Conflict
Bundling Literary Elements
Teaching Tips for Literature-Based Lessons
Lesson 5.1: Protagonist and Antagonists
Model Lesson 5.1: Teaching Protagonist and Antagonists: "Hoops Tryouts" by Anina Robb
Lesson 5.2: Conflict, Plot, and Setting
Model Lesson 5.2: Teaching Conflict, Plot, and Setting: "Coming Clean" by Anina Robb
Lesson 5.3: Identifying Themes
Model Lesson 5.3: Teaching Theme: "Snow Day" by Priscilla Cummings
Lesson 5.4: Planning and Writing a Summary: Fiction
Model Lesson 5.4: Teaching Summary: Fiction: "Hoops Tryouts" by Anina Robb
Lesson 5.5: Compare and Contrast Notes
Model Lesson 5.5: Teaching Compare and Contrast Notes: "How Athens Got Its Name" Retelling by Joanna Davis-Swing
Aim 3. Teach Students to Read, Talk, and Write About Nonfiction
Chapter 6. Taking the Plunge: How to Talk and Write About Nonfiction
Seven Tips for Inspiring Students to Have Literary Conversations About Nonfiction
Teach Six Kinds of Context Clues
Lesson 6.1: Mining Text Features for Information
Identifying Text Structures to Build Understanding
Lesson 6.2: Teaching Text Structures
From Talk to Writing
Understanding the Structure of Nonfiction Genres
Reflect on Your Teaching
Chapter 7. Going Deeper: How to Analyze Nonfiction
Teaching Tips for Text-Based Lessons
Lesson 7.1: Taking Heading Notes and Finding a Main Idea
Model Lesson 7.1: Taking Heading Notes and Finding a Main Idea: "Who Climbs Everest?" (Excerpt From Tales From the Top of the World) by Sandra Athans
Lesson 7.2: Thinking About Issues: Obstacles
Model Lesson 7.2: Teaching About Obstacles: "How Ada Lovelace Leaped Into History" by Kathleen Krull
Lesson 7.3: Teaching the Problem-Solution Text Structure
Model Lesson 7.3: Teaching Problem-Solution: "New Horizons in Space" by Seymour Simon
Lesson 7.4: Personality Traits and a Person's Achievements: Biography
Model Lesson 7.4: Teaching Personality Traits: "Defying Gravity: Mae Jemison" by Anina Robb and "Isaac Newton and the Day He Discovered the Rainbow" by Kathleen Krull
Lesson 7.5: Identifying Main Ideas
Model Lesson 7.5a: Teaching Explicitly Stated Main Ideas: "Who Climbs Everest?" (Excerpt From Tales From the Top of the World) by Sandra Athans
Model Lesson 7.5b: Teaching How to Infer Main Ideas: "Defying Gravity: Mae Jemison" by Anina Robb
Chapter 8. Reflecting on the Process of Read, Talk, Write
Four Key Skills
Skill 1: Taking Risks
Skill 2: Creativity
Skill 3: Empathy
Skill 4: The Ability to Negotiate
Writing Is Knowing
Making the Changeover
Take the First Steps
Climb That First Hill
Start Slowly Down the Hill
Continue Moving Along the Path
Picture Your Destination
Make a Teaching Investment With Student Paybacks
List of Top-Notch Books for Instruction and Class Libraries
Bibliography of Professional Materials
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Review quote

"Laura Robb is a genius. She knows our students. She understands the teachers. She has ideas that are research based, adaptable and make sense. She is all about how to make our students succeed as learners and lovers of literacy.. . .

Laura Robb explains that talk supports recall and comprehension, engages and motivates, becomes a model for `in the head' conversations while engaging with a story, activates ideas for writing about reading, and changes how students think and feel about fiction and nonfiction.. . .This book is about teaching students to have accountable and enriched conversations which lead to productive and engaging writing. Read, Talk, Write is not just about students talking with each other about their reading or writing, but it also teaches students how to engage in conversations that will stimulate their brains to ask purposeful questions. Laura Robb reminds us of the importance of purposeful talk.. . .

The author is careful about structuring her book so that teachers don't `dive in the deep end' without any support. She first introduces each of the six types of literary conversations and how each type builds upon the other: turn and talk, whole class discussion, partner talk, small group discussions, "in-the-head" discussions, and teacher-student discussions (conferring).. . . In addition, throughout the book she generously provides examples of each type, including a detailed description, how to introduce it, prompts and scaffolds to use, assessments, supports for ELL students, and reproducibles. The "lessons in action" (sample lesson) have a brief explanation of the purpose of the lesson, summary of the text, samples of student talk, and reproducibles." -- Linda Biondi "Read, Talk, Write offers teachers and students a magical tapestry of collaborative thinking and learning around texts. Laura Robb gently, and with great expertise, weaves reading, writing, listening, and speaking into thought-provoking routines. Teachers are going to love the easy-to-follow suggestions for prompts, lessons, and beautiful mentor texts. This highly practical resource brings the famous "easy button" to the world of text response!" -- Linda Hoyt "How talk develops strategic reading and comprehension, and how it supports composing of all kinds, has been a somewhat neglected topic in both the research realm and in the realm of practical pedagogies. To fill the gap, here comes Laura Robb with Read, Talk, Write. Laura Robb is a great-hearted teacher and person, and in this book she carefully guides all of us who teach how to use specific kinds of procedures and language to develop student engagement, literacies, agency and independent capacity more robustly." -- Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Author of Diving Deep Into Nonfiction, Distinguished Professor of English Education "In Read, Talk, Write, Laura Robb helps both novice and experienced teachers create a curriculum of rich conversations that can enhance any reading instructional model. She includes practical resources such as model lessons, checklists, planning guides, and supports for ESL students. Reading this book felt like I was at a common planning meeting with Laura and we were mapping out student conversation lessons together. What is especially helpful is her clear explanations of not just what to teach students, but how the different types of student conversations benefit readers, allowing teachers to choose talk structures that match the students right now." -- Gravity Goldberg "Reading is language, on the same plane as talking and writing. Yet in our pursuit of improving students' comprehension, we sometimes neglect to include enough "talk" and "write" in our instructional plans, Laura Robb understands just what teachers need to get the read-write-talk synergy going in their classrooms, and has done a masterful job of providing us with insight and guidance into making these important connections work for all texts. The result of Read, Talk, Write will be more highly engaged students and deeper levels of comprehension." -- Timothy Rasinksi
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About Laura J. Robb

An author, teacher, coach, and speaker, LAURA ROBB has spent the last four decades in middle school education. What teachers appreciate most about Laura is her deep commitment to children and adolescents, and her ability to show what best-practice instruction looks like day by day; a survey conducted by Instructor magazine named Laura as one of the nation's top twenty educators. Currently, in addition to her speaking and consulting, she works part time in grades K-8. She was named NCTE's recipient of the 2016 Richard W. Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator.
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