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Toward Ambitious Literacy Teaching

By Shelley Harwayne

    Educators can pick and choose from the ideas provided throughout the book, depending on the needs of their individual students.
    —Childhood Education
    Shelley Harwayne has communicated a vision of literacy for a lifetime that all children deserve. Full of inspiration and practicality, this book is a must read for teachers and administrators who believe in skilled teaching as the key to children's achievement.
    —Irene C. Fountas, coauthor of Guided Reading
Imagine a school where students don’t just learn to read and write—they choose to read and write,
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    Educators can pick and choose from the ideas provided throughout the book, depending on the needs of their individual students.
    —Childhood Education
    Shelley Harwayne has communicated a vision of literacy for a lifetime that all children deserve. Full of inspiration and practicality, this book is a must read for teachers and administrators who believe in skilled teaching as the key to children's achievement.
    —Irene C. Fountas, coauthor of Guided Reading
Imagine a school where students don’t just learn to read and write—they choose to read and write, and do it with enthusiasm. Performing with distinction on standardized literacy tests, they are participants in a learning community characterized by academic rigor, a supportive social tone, stunning classrooms, and exemplary teaching. This is the kind of learning environment Shelley Harwayne has helped to establish at the Manhattan New School. Now, in a lucid and engaging new book, she takes us behind the scenes to explore the teaching techniques that have resulted in such dazzling success.

Readers will discover how to provide students with real-world reasons to write and engage them in effective writing workshops. There are also suggestions on how the entire school culture can support the teaching of poetry and nonfiction. Readers will learn about the importance of having non-negotiables in the teaching of reading, designing beautiful literacy settings, and providing safety nets for struggling students. A natural companion to Going Public, this book can also serve as a conversation starter at faculty meetings as it is studded with staff development ideas and reproducible materials.

Above all, the literacy message in this book will comfort those who have grown anxious about the literacy work they do. Shelley’s tone, ideas, and sense of humor will offer information, inspiration, and peace of mind to educators new to the field as well as experienced professionals who are weary when they read yet another negative story about the teaching of literacy in our country.

Contents

Contents:
1. Designing the Literary Landscape
2. Reflecting on the Teaching of Writing
3. Discovering Real-World Reasons to Write
4. Paving the Way for Nonfiction Study
5. Paying Tribute to Poetry
6. Having Non-Negotiables in the Teaching of Reading
7. Professional Growth in the Teaching of Reading
8. Informing Families About the Teaching of Reading
9. Providing Safety Nets for Struggling Students
10. On Loving and Learning Language

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