Fourth Grade Readers by Martha Heller-Winokur, Marcia Uretsky. Units of Study to Help Students Internalize and Apply Strategies - Heinemann Publishing
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Fourth Grade Readers

Units of Study to Help Students Internalize and Apply Strategies

By Martha Heller-Winokur, Marcia Uretsky
Foreword by Isoke Titilayo Nia

 
As a literacy consultant, I carry the best of my thinking and practices to teachers around the country, and, just as important, I carry the best of my tried and true books—the ones from which I continue to learn. After reading this extremely smart book, I will add it to my stack, have it under my arm as one of my essential texts.
 —Isoke Titilayo Nia
Founder of All Write Literacy Consultants, Brooklyn, New York
 
In fourth grade, the stakes for your readers go up. Their learning shifts from skills to content. They encounter chapter books regularly. Text books become
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As a literacy consultant, I carry the best of my thinking and practices to teachers around the country, and, just as important, I carry the best of my tried and true books—the ones from which I continue to learn. After reading this extremely smart book, I will add it to my stack, have it under my arm as one of my essential texts.
 —Isoke Titilayo Nia
Founder of All Write Literacy Consultants, Brooklyn, New York
 
In fourth grade, the stakes for your readers go up. Their learning shifts from skills to content. They encounter chapter books regularly. Text books become a staple of the classroom. And standardized testing rears its head for the first time. Expectations skyrocket for children and they’re just as high for you. Fortunately, Fourth Grade Readers gives you units of study that meet the challenge.
 
The four units of study in Fourth Grade Readers help your students make the transition to critical reading. With Martha Heller-Winokur and Marcia Uretsky’s lessons you’ll help students internalize how to:
  • engage with texts by reading strategically througha unit on using reading tools
  • respond to texts by applying reading strategies through a unit on discussion skills
  • understand and respond to nonfiction by utilizing reading strategies through a unit on biography
  • recognize an author’s intent and craft through an author-study unit.
 
Fourth Grade Readers goes even further. Its advice on assessment and differentiation supports classroomwide success. It shows you how to design your own units to meet your classroom’s specific demands. And it provides all the helpful planning materials, conferring forms, and booklists you’ll need to get started.
 
Fourth grade is a year of challenges for readers and their teachers. But you’re ready. Let Fourth Grade Readers be your indispensable partner as you help your students meet and exceed expectations.
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Contents

 

Introduction: Why Focus on Fourth?

Opening Notes: Assessing and Differentiating Fourth Grade Readers

Unit 1: Reading Tools for developing Active Readers

            Launching Readers’ Workshop (4 lessons)

            Being Present in Your Reading; Using Active Reading Strategies (6 lessons)

Unit 2: Discussion Skills for Developing Thoughtful Readers (18 lessons)

Unit 3: Genre Study for Developing Sophisticated Nonfiction Readers

            Immersion (4 lessons)

            Digging Deeper (5 lessons)

            Synthesis (7 lessons)

Unit 4: Author Study for Developing Analytical Readers (15 Lessons)

Closing Thoughts: Designing Your Own Units of Study

Appendixes:

A. Initial Reading Conference Form B. Conference Sheet C. Synthesis Grid for Author Study D. Internet Research Grid for Author Study E. Author’s Study F. 120 High-Frequency Words G. Recommended Professional Resources H. Suggested Collections of Short Texts I. Suggested Chapter Books for Interactive Read-Alouds J. Thinkmark Templates K. Learning About Characters L. People-Who-Influenced Chart  M. Mapping Units of Study for Grade 4 Template N. Monthlong Focus Lesson Trajectory O. Focus Lesson Planning Sheet

 

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