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Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature

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By Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, National-Louis University, Nancy Steineke, Victor J. Andrew High School, Illinois

"The experiences provided in these 37 lessons parallel the readings and tasks recommended by the Common Core State Standards. The main difference is that our lessons put student curiosity and engagement first."
—Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke

In this highly anticipated follow-up to Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke share their powerful strategies for engaging students in challenging, meaningful reading of fiction and poetry using some of their favorite short, fresh texts—or, as they put it, “full-strength adult literature that gives Read More


"The experiences provided in these 37 lessons parallel the readings and tasks recommended by the Common Core State Standards. The main difference is that our lessons put student curiosity and engagement first."
—Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke

In this highly anticipated follow-up to Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke share their powerful strategies for engaging students in challenging, meaningful reading of fiction and poetry using some of their favorite short, fresh texts—or, as they put it, “full-strength adult literature that gives us English majors a run for our interpretive money— but is still intriguing enough to keep teen readers digging and thinking.” Use the 37 innovative, step-by-step, common-core-correlated lessons with the reproducible texts provided, with selections from your literature textbook, or with your own best-loved texts to teach close reading skills and deep comprehension strategies. Give students opportunities to read and synthesize across texts with the 8 thematic text set lessons provided, or use the model unit outlines for using the lessons with The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Great Gatsby as springboards for planning your own novel studies.

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ISBN 978-0-325-04435-4 / 0-325-04435-X / 2013 / 312pp / Paperback
Grade Level: 6th - 12th
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Contents

Chapter One: Welcome
Chapter Two:  How to Use This Book
Chapter Three:  Sharing Literature Aloud
Chapter Four:  Smart-Reader Strategies
Chapter Five:  Lively Discussions
Chapter Six:  Closer Readings
Chapter Seven:  Up and Thinking
Chapter Eight:  Literary Arguments
Chapter Nine:  Coping with Complex and Classic Texts
Chapter Ten:  Text Set Lessons
Chapter Eleven:  Keeping Kids at the Center of Whole-Class Novels
Chapter Twelve:  Extending the Texts and Lessons
Appendix:  How the Lessons Correlate with the Common Core Standards

Samples

Companion Resources

Chapter 2, How to Use This Book

Chapter 4, Smart-Reader Strategies

Chapter 5, Lively Discussions

Chapter 6, Closer Readings

Chapter 7, Up and Thinking

Chapter 8, Literary Arguments

Chapter 9, Coping with Complex and Classic Texts

Chapter 10, Text Set Lessons

Chapter 11, Keeping Kids at the Center of Whole-Class Novels

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PD Resources From Harvey "Smokey" Daniels

Institutes

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Speakers

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PD Resources From Nancy Steineke

Seminars

Speakers

  • Invite Nancy Steineke to speak at your school, district, or conference through Heinemann Speakers.