Reading and Writing Together Collaborative Literacy in Action

ISBN-10: 0325004439
ISBN-13: 9780325004433
Edition: 2002
Authors: Nancy Steineke
List price: $38.75
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Description: Meaningful literacy experiences and exchanges in the classroom depend on a core set of values. That set of values depends on an environment of trust. Literature circles work only if students will talk. And students will talk only if they're willing  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.75
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Meaningful literacy experiences and exchanges in the classroom depend on a core set of values. That set of values depends on an environment of trust. Literature circles work only if students will talk. And students will talk only if they're willing to take a risk. Which brings us full circle: success in literacy takes participation born of trust, a positive group dynamic built on sharing tasks, maintaining good working relationships, and examining group functioning. Nancy Steineke's experience in her high-school classrooms proves that a truly collaborative environment is at the heart of all she accomplishes with literacy. Her book tells why and how. Nancy moves students through a series of lessons that refine their skills while deepening their interests in reading, writing, and listening to the opinions of others - essential academic skills at the core of any collaborative literacy task. She offers a multitude of practical strategies that include: practices that encourage students to take responsibility for their work and behavior teaching collaborative skills, then reinforcing their use careful listening, questioning, and meaningful conversation about text Literature Circle management and troubleshooting timesaving and effective assessments for SSR, writing, Literature Circles, projects, and performances high-interest writing projects and peer revision developing portfolios that celebrate accomplishment. Replete with artwork, reproducibles, and humor, Nancy's book makes it possible for you to engage in collaborative literacy in your classroom.

A 25-year veteran of the teaching profession, Nancy Steineke has taught 9-12 English at Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois, since 1984. During the summer, she works with Dr. Harvey Daniels at the Walloon Institute, offering seminars for teachers, administrators, parent leaders, and their families.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Magic Versus Methodology: Or, Good Teachers Are Made, Not Born!
Why Collaborate?
Trial and Error
Learning How to Teach Collaboration
Getting Kids to Like Each Other and Work Together: Building a Positive Class Climate
Trial and Error
The Importance of Community Building
Breaking the Ice: The Art of Getting to Know Others
Trial and Error
Establishing Classroom Behavior Norms
Getting Organized
How Do I Assess This?
Parting Words
Resources
Sustained Silent Reading: Creating a Community of Readers
Finding Time to Read
Out-of-Class Reading
Attracting Kids to Books
Encouraging Good Book Choices
Trial and Error
Creating Conversation about Books
How Do I Assess This?
Parting Words
Resources
Teaching Students How to Collaborate Successfully
Teaching Group Skills
Trial and Error
Refining Skills with Processing
It Takes a While for a Skill to Stick
How Do I Assess This?
Parting Words
Resources
Collaboration in Action: Student Led Book Talks
Creating Authentic Discussion about Books
Trial and Error
Setting the Groundwork
Book Talk Day
Refining Student Led Book Talks
How Do I Assess This?
Parting Words
The Elements of Group Design
Positive Interdependence
Individual Accountability
Group Skills and Group Processing
Trial and Error
Face-to-Face Interaction
How Do I Assess This?
Parting Words
Resources
Questioning: A Key Collaborative Skill
Index Card Trade
Card Pick
Neighborhood Map and Life Graph
Using Family History to Extend Beyond the Classroom
Trial and Error
How Do I Assess This?
Parting Words
Resources
Literature Circles: Getting Them Started and Keeping Them Going
Training Students for Literature Circles
Getting Literature Circles Up and Running
The First Discussion
Literature Circle Meeting #2
The Remaining Literature Circle Meetings
Literature Circles and Group Design
Refining Literature Circle Skills
Trial and Error
How Do I Assess This?
Ideas for Replacing the Unit Test
Parting Words
Resources
I Only Want to Read It Once: Writing and Conferencing Strategies That Do the Work for You
Trial and Error
Getting Peer Conferencing Groups Up and Running
Using Partners for Grammar and Editing
Using Peer Conference Groups for Narrative and Fiction Writing
The Research Paper
Expanding Nonfiction Writing
How Do I Assess This?
Parting Words
Resources
Portfolios: A Tool for Refining Collaborative Literacy Skills
Maintaining the Binders
Becoming Familiar with the Portfolio Content Categories
Choosing the Artifacts
Writing the Reflections
The Cover Letter
Trial and Error
The Interview Process
Turning in the Portfolio
How Do I Assess This?
Parting Words: Where's the Collaboration?
Resources
Collaborative Literacy in Action: Strategies to Remember and Practice
Explain Your Strategy Choices
Revisit Icebreaking Activities Often
Think in Terms of Foundation Activities
Negotiate with Students
Provide Choices
Model and Demonstrate: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Use the Binders Every Day
Teach Social Skills Explicitly
Build Reflection into Daily Classroom Life
Observe the Elements of Cooperative Learning
Teach Students the Art of Asking Questions
Find the Time for Sustained Silent Reading
Make Sticky Notes a Way of Life
Think of Assessment as an Ongoing Process
Use Peer Conferencing Groups Regularly
Monitor Collaborative Groups Carefully
Give Yourself Permission to Fail
Appendices
Examples of T-Charts
Skill Lesson Worksheet
To Kill a Mockingbird Text Set
Holocaust Text Set
Learning About the Middle East Text Set
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References

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