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Read online In the Best Interest of Students: Staying True to What Works in the ELA Classroom.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC In the Best Interest of Students: Staying True to What Works in the ELA Classroom What is in the best interest of our students Is it teaching to the newest standards movement like the Common Core Teaching that prepares students to take a test Or is it something more meaningful and authentic In his new book i In the Best Interest of Students i Kelly Gallagher notes that there are real strengths in the Common Core standards and there are significant weaknesses as well He takes the long view reminding us that standards come and go but what remains constant is the need to stay true to what we know works in the teaching of reading writing speaking and listening Instead of blindly adhering to the latest standards movement Kelly advocates .

Dialing up the amount of reading and writing students are doing Balancing rigorous high quality literature and non fiction with high interest student selected titles Giving students much more choice when it comes to reading and writing activities Encouraging readers to deepen their comprehension by moving beyond the four corners of the text Using modeling to enrich students writing skills in the prewriting drafting and revision stages Helping young writers to achieve more authenticity through the blending of genres Resisting the de emphasis of narrative and imaginative reading and writing Providing students with more opportunities to sharpen their listening and speaking skills Planning lessons that move beyond Common Core expectations .

In this provocative and insightful new book Kelly surveys the teaching landscape since the publication of his highly regarded book i Readicide i and finds that although some progress has been made more needs to be done Amid the frenzy of trying to teach to a new set of standards Kelly Gallagher is a strong voice of reason reminding us that instruction should be anchored around one guiding question What is in the best interest of our students by Kelly Gallagher

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In the Best Interest of Students: Staying True to What Works in the ELA Classroom
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Number of Pages:238
Category:Education, Teaching, Non fiction
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In Kelly Gallagher s high school classroom in Anaheim California students are not only learning to comprehend difficult novels and texts they are developing the skills and behaviors of lifelong readers Drawing from his books em Reading Reasons em and em Deeper Reading em Kelly s new video set brings effective reading strategies to life Presenting examples of both small and whole group discussions em Building Adolescent Readers em demonstrates how to engage students with a variety of texts teaching them what it means to be a good reader br br strong Program The Six Building Blocks strong br Before we teach students how to read better we need to help them understand why they should be readers Kelly outlines his six blocks for motivating students to read more both recreationally and academically He models specific classroom lessons that help students to internalize the value of reading br br strong Program First Draft Reading strong br Adolescent readers often adopt one of two universal strategies when they are confronted with difficult text they either quit or dutifully continue even though they do not understand what they are reading In this program Kelly models a number of useful strategies to help students not only monitor their comprehension but to also fix their comprehension when it begins to falter br br strong Program Second Draft Reading strong br Revisiting a text helps students uncover its deeper layers of meaning Kelly demonstrates numerous strategies that help students move past an I read it once I m done mentality and into richer second draft reading He also discusses the importance assessment plays in planning an effective reading lesson, b i Read i cide i b i n The systematic killing of the love of reading often exacerbated by the inane mind numbing practices found in schools i br br br Reading is dying in our schools Educators are familiar with many of the factors that have contributed to the decline poverty second language issues and the ever expanding choices of electronic entertainment In this provocative new book Kelly Gallagher suggests however that it is time to recognize a new and significant contributor to the death of reading our schools br br In i Readicide i Kelly argues that American schools are actively though unwittingly furthering the decline of reading Specifically he contends that the standard instructional practices used in most schools are killing reading by br valuing the development of test takers over the development of lifelong readers br mandating breadth over depth in instruction br requiring students to read difficult texts without proper instructional support br insisting that students focus solely on academic texts br drowning great books with sticky notes double entry journals and marginalia br ignoring the importance of developing recreational reading and br losing sight of authentic instruction in the shadow of political pressures br br Kelly doesn t settle for only identifying the problems i Readicide i provides teachers literacy coaches and administrators with specific steps to reverse the downward spiral in reading steps that will help prevent the loss of another generation of readers, When Kelly Gallagher learned that his ninth grade students could not name the vice president of the United States and when two seniors asked him in all seriousness Who is this guy Al Qaeda Kelly was shocked into realizing he needed to do something outside the standard curriculum to build his students background knowledge In response he developed the Article of the Week activity to address the serious gaps in his students education br br Each week students read a short article that informs them about the world Students highlight passages and words they don t understand consider the author s purpose and intended audience and work through any confusion The class then discusses how the structure and craft of the article informs reader comprehension and how they can implement these elements into their own writing br br In minutes Kelly shows teachers how to integrate the Article of the Week into their own classrooms in a manner that provides the background knowledge that is the foundation for critical reading, Why should I read Can your students answer that question Do they have trouble seeing the importance that reading may have in their lives Are they lacking motivation both in academic and recreational reading Do you think you can effectively teach reading strategies if students don t understand the benefits of literacy br br In em Reading Reasons em Kelly Gallagher offers a series of mini lessons specifically tailored to motivate middle and high school students to read and in doing so to help them understand the importance and relevance reading will take in their lives This book introduces and explains in detail nine specific real world reasons why students should be readers br br The book contains forty practical classroom tested and reproducible mini lessons that get to the heart of reading motivation and that can be used immediately in English as well as other content area classrooms These easy to use motivational lessons serve as weekly reading boostershots that help maintain reading enthusiasm in your classroom from September through June The mini lessons ranging from five to twenty minutes in length hit home with adolescents and in turn enable them to internalize the importance reading will play in their lives Rather than telling students reading is good for them the lessons in this book show them the benefits of reading