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Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It

Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It Description:

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

Rating: 3.49 out of 5

Write Like This

Write Like This Description:

div p If you want to learn how to shoot a basketball you begin by carefully observing someone who knows how to shoot a basketball If you want to be a writer you begin by carefully observing the work of accomplished writers Recognizing the importance that modeling plays in the learning process high school English teacher Kelly Gallagher shares how he gets his students to stand next to and pay close attention to model writers and how doing so elevates his students writing abilities i Write Like This i is built around a central premise if students are to grow as writers they need to read good writing they need to study good writing and most important they need to emulate good writers p p In i Write Like This i Kelly emphasizes real world writing purposes the kind of writing he wants his students to be doing twenty years from now Each chapter focuses on a specific discourse express and reflect inform and explain evaluate and judge inquire and explore analyze and interpret and take a stand propose a solution In teaching these lessons Kelly provides mentor texts professional samples as well as models he has written in front of his students student writing samples and numerous assignments and strategies proven to elevate student writing p p By helping teachers bring effective modeling practices into their classrooms i Write Like This i enables students to become better adolescent writers More important the practices found in this book will help our students develop the writing skills they will need to become adult writers in the real world p div

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12

Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12 Description:

Do your students often struggle with difficult novels and other challenging texts Do they think one reading of a work is more than enough Do they primarily comprehend at a surface level and are they frequently unwilling or unable to discover the deeper meaning found in multi layered works Do you feel that you are doing more work teaching the novel than they are reading it br br Building on twenty years of teaching language arts Kelly Gallagher author of em Reading Reasons em shows how students can be taught to successfully read a broad range of challenging and difficult texts with deeper levels of comprehension In em Deeper Reading em Kelly shares effective classroom tested strategies that enable your students to accept the challenge of reading difficult books move beyond a first draft understanding of the text into deeper levels of reading consciously monitor their comprehension as they read employ effective fix it strategies when their comprehension begins to falter use meaningful collaboration to achieve deeper understanding of texts think metaphorically to deepen their reading comprehension reach deeper levels of reflection by understanding the relevance the book holds for themselves and their peers use critical thinking skills to analyze real world issues br br Kelly also provides guidance on effective lesson planning that incorporates strategies for deeper reading br br Funny poignant and packed with practical ideas that work in real classrooms em Deeper Reading em is a valuable resource for any teacher whose students need new tools to uncover the riches found in complex texts

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

Teaching Adolescent Writers

Teaching Adolescent Writers Description:

In an increasingly demanding world of literacy it has become critical that students know how to write effectively From the requirements of standardized tests to those of the wired workplace the ability to write well once a luxury has become a necessity Many students are leaving school without the necessary writing practice and skills needed to compete in a complex and fast moving Information Age Unless we teach them how to run with it they are in danger of being run over by a stampede a literacy stampede br br em In Teaching Adolescent Writers em Kelly Gallagher author of em Reading Reasons em and em Deeper Reading em shows how students can be taught to write effectively Kelly shares a number of classroom tested strategies that enable teachers to understand the importance of teaching writing motivate young writers see the importance modeling plays in building young writers modeling from both the teacher and from real world text understand how providing choice elevates adolescent writing and how to allow for choice within a rigorous curriculum help students recognize the importance of purpose and audience assess essays in ways that drive better writing performance br br br Infused with humor and illuminating anecdotes Kelly draws on his classroom experiences and work as co director of a regional writing project to offer teachers both practical ways to incorporate writing instruction into their day and compelling reasons to do so

Rating: 3.67 out of 5

Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School

Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School Description:

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

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

In the Best Interest of Students: Staying True to What Works in the ELA Classroom

In the Best Interest of Students: Staying True to What Works in the ELA Classroom Description:

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

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Article of the Week

Article of the Week Description:

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

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

Improving Adolescent Writers

Improving Adolescent Writers Description:

How can we teach today s students to write with clarity passion and purpose How can we move all students even those who struggle or are reluctant forward in their skills as writers In i Improving Adolescent Writers i Kelly Gallagher invites you into his classroom for an in depth look at ways to successfully answer these questions and more Through a variety of methods modeling mid process assessment small group conferring grammar and editing mini lessons revision techniques and identifying the many real world purposes for writing Kelly demonstrates how to teach writing so that adolescents internalize the habits and skills of good writers Along the way they learn that writing is messy hard work but well worth the struggle and effort They become more than better writers ultimately they become better thinkers br The DVD features three programs The Importance of Modeling Writing with Purpose and Assessment That Drives Better Student Writing br br

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Building Adolescent Readers (DVD)

Building Adolescent Readers (DVD) Description:

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

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

readicide

readicide Description:

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Rating: 3.53 out of 5