You Gotta Be the Book Teaching Engaged and Reflective Reading with Adolescents

ISBN-10: 0807748463

ISBN-13: 9780807748466

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Michael W. Smith, Stacie Goffin

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Over a decade ago, Jeffrey Wilhelm's groundbreaking book showed educators how to think of reading as a personally meaningful, pleasurable, and productive pursuit. In the 13 years since its publication, the author has experimented with and further developed all of the techniques he first explored in "You Gotta BE the Book," including visual techniques, drama and action strategies, think-aloud protocols, and symbolic story representation/reading manipulatives. In this expanded edition, Wilhelm adds a new commentary to each chapter in which he reflects on the research and insights he introduced in his now classic text.
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List price: $25.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 3/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Jeffrey Wilhelm is coauthor with Michael Smith and James Fredricksen of Get It Done!; Oh, Yeah?!; and So, What's the Story?. Jeff has cowritten or coedited four other Heinemann books, Going with the Flow, "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys", Strategic Reading, and Imagining to Learn. For Chevys he and coauthor Jeff Wilhelm received the NCTE David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. Jeff is an internationally-known teacher, author, and presenter. He is driven by a desire to help teachers to help their students to more powerful literacy and compassionate, democratic living. What he most wants for teachers to get out of his work is motivation, a vital passion and impulse to continue experimenting and learning about teaching, as well as ways to frame instruction so it is meaningful and compelling to students. A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Jeff is currently Professor of English Education at Boise State University. He works in local schools as part of a Virtual Professional Development Site Network sponsored by the Boise State Writing Project, and regularly teaches middle and high school students. He is the founding director of the Maine Writing Project and the Boise State Writing Project. He has authored or coauthored numerous books and articles about literacy teaching and learning. In addition to the Russell award, his "You Gotta BE the Book" won the NCTE Promising Research Award. Jeff has worked on numerous materials and software programs for students including Scholastic's e21 and ReadAbout, and has edited a series of 100 books for reluctant readers entitled The Ten. Jeff enjoys speaking, presenting, working with students and schools. He is currently researching how students read and engage with non-traditional texts like video game narratives, manga, horror, fantasy, etc. as well as the effects of inquiry teaching on teachers, students, and learning. Jeff grew up on a small strawberry farm in Northeastern Ohio. He loved the Hardy Boys as a boy, and has continued to love reading ever since, progressing through Hermann Hesse, John Steinbeck, and James Baldwin as literary mentors. In high school he was named a Harrier All-American for cross-country and track. He was then a two-time Small College All-American in Cross-country. He has competed Internationally in cross country, track, and nordic skiing. He now enjoys marathon nordic skiing and whitewater kayaking.

Michael W. Smith is a professor in Temple University's College of Education. In his research he works to understand how experienced readers read and talk about literary texts, how adolescents read and talk about texts both in and out of school, and how teachers can help prepare students to have more meaningful transactions when they read, interests he developed during his eleven years of teaching high school English. He has been Chair of the Literature Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, co-Chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research, and co-editor of Research in the Teaching of English. He was recently elected as a Fellow of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy.

Foreword to the Second Edition
Foreword to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: Really Among Schoolchildren
The Reading Struggle
Personal Readings
Children's Hour
Compelling Questions
Tentative Answers
Setting the Task
Commentary: The Human and the Cultural
Moving Toward a Reader-Centered Classroom
The Bottom-Up Approach
Why Johnny Won't Read
There Is an Alternative
Getting Started
Building on Rosenblatt
Commentary: Be The Teacher
Looking at Student Reading
The Year Begins
What Makes Valid Reading?
Studying Student Response
Three Highly Engaged Readers: Cora, Joanne, and Ron
Why Read Literature?
Commentary: Looking for Tomorrow Instead of Toward Yesterday-The Power of Teacher Research
The Dimensions of the Reader's Response
Classroom Research Methods
The Dimensions
Evocative Dimensions
Connective Dimensions
Reflective Dimension
Epilogue: What We Learned Together About Reading
Commentary: Literary Theorists, Hear My Cry!
Using Drama to Extend the Reader
Why Drama?
The Students: Kevin, Marvin, and Libby
Before Drama
Dramatic Happenings
The Moves They Made
Reading as Pleasure: "You Have to Live the Story"
Epilogue: The Potential of Drama
Commentary: Motivation and Methods
Reading Is Seeing
Still Struggling: Tommy, Walter, and Kae
Seeing the Visual Possibility
The Visualization Project: Art in the Classroom
The Art of Reading
Moving Toward a Reflective Response: "The Book Said All That"
Epilogue: Opening Doors with Art
Commentary: Seeing the Substantive Possibilities
Expanding Concepts of Reading, Response, and Literature
Reading as Engagement
Alternate Texts as Literature
Using Student Experiences: Art and Drama Activities
The Role of the Teacher
The Teacher as Researcher
Toward a Critical Literacy
Commentary: A Humane and Democratic Classroom
Questions and Activities for the Ten Dimensions of Reader Response
Revolving Role Drama Lesson Plans for The Incredible Journey
Stories and Poems Cited in the Text
About the Author
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