Transitions by Regie Routman. From Literature to Literacy
Transitions

Transitions

From Literature to Literacy

By Regie Routman
Foreword by Andrea Butler

    If you haven't already read Regie Routman's Transitions: From Literature to Literacy and Invitations: Changing as Teachers and Learners K-12, order them immediately and embark on your own personal discovery . . .
    —The Reading Teacher
Much has been written about the merits of changing the direction of language arts education and moving away from skill-oriented basal texts and worksheets into literature-based whole language programs. Little has been offered to teachers who are not fully satisfied with their present reading-writing programs but who lack the confidence to make a change. In this
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    If you haven't already read Regie Routman's Transitions: From Literature to Literacy and Invitations: Changing as Teachers and Learners K-12, order them immediately and embark on your own personal discovery . . .
    —The Reading Teacher
Much has been written about the merits of changing the direction of language arts education and moving away from skill-oriented basal texts and worksheets into literature-based whole language programs. Little has been offered to teachers who are not fully satisfied with their present reading-writing programs but who lack the confidence to make a change. In this book Regie Routman attempts to provide support, encouragement, and ideas to teachers looking for alternatives.

Drawing from her own experience, she describes an existing program that has worked well for students and teachers and offers suggestions of how any elementary classroom can benefit from the transition from standardized texts to literature. The material she presents is designed to demonstrate the alternatives available, to stimulate thinking, and to give teachers, parents, and administrators the knowledge and procedures that are necessary to make a change.

Contents

Contents:
1. My Turning Point: Catalysts for Change
2. Why Change? A Need for Active Literacy
3. The Reading Program: Teaching Reading with Children's Books
4. Using Predictable Books: What You Need to Know
5. Literature Extension Activities: Meaningful Independent Work
6. The Writing Program: How to Begin It and Keep It Going
7. The Reading-Writing Process: Moving into Grade 2
8. The Literature-Writing Program: Continuing in Grade 3
9. Parent Involvement: Communication
10. First Year Journals: Entries from Two Teachers
11. Everyday Concerns: Organization and Classroom Management
12. Evaluation: Evaluating the Process as Well as the Product
13. Making Changes: The Need for Teacher Support
14. Any Questions?
15. Postscript: Transitions
16. Resources for Teachers
17. Recommended Literature