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Energize Research Reading and Writing

Fresh Strategies to Spark Interest, Develop Independence, and Meet Key Common Core Standards, Grades 4-8

By Christopher Lehman
Foreword by Lucy Calkins

Make research reading and writing real and motivating for students. Chris’ strategies help you tailor instruction to kids’ needs, reach the standards for research, and challenge students to become inquisitive thinkers who can meet real-world demands.

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“When we embrace the messy excitement of the [research] process and the drive to inspire others, we can energize our students, our instruction, and ourselves.”
Christopher Lehman

Sit down with Christopher Lehman as he shares the strategies he has used to make research reading and writing real and motivating for students. Chris draws on his experience with the Reading and Writing Project and as co-author of Pathways to the Common Core to help you tailor your instruction to your students’ needs, get to the heart of the Common Core State Standards, and, most importantly, challenge your students to become driven, inquisitive thinkers who can meet the demands of school and life in the 21st century.

Energize Research Reading and Writing provides a menu of fresh, classroom-tested strategies for teaching research across all contents as well as:

  • at-a-glance guides for differentiation—ways to ramp up strategies for experienced researchers and ways to make them accessible for emerging researchers
  • samples of grade level language for each strategy and tips for content-area teachers
  • ideas for using the strategies to build plans for the short and long research projects that the CCSS requires
  • a quick-reference chart that links each strategy to the CCSS so you can quickly turn to the strategies that aim to align with a particular standard.

Use this book as a complete research unit plan or as a source for targeted strategies. Energize Research Reading and Writing has all the tools you need to transform your students into engaged and independent researchers.

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